What Steve Cohen Means to the Mets—Now and in the Future

The identity of the New York Mets doesn’t revolve around a star player or innovative front-office executive, like virtually every other organization in baseball, but rather the men responsible for signing the checks. The Mets’ defining characteristics—their economic austerity, their propensity for baffling public-relations snafus, their longstanding inferiority complex—all stem from the ownership of Fred…

The identity of the New York Mets doesn’t revolve around a star player or innovative front-office executive, like virtually every other organization in baseball, but rather the men responsible for signing the checks. The Mets’ defining characteristics—their economic austerity, their propensity for baffling public-relations snafus, their longstanding inferiority complex—all stem from the ownership of Fred Wilpon and his son, Jeff.

For that reason, Mets fans celebrated Wednesday when the news broke that billionaire hedge-fund…

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