In the New York Times, Ken Belson writes about the current dysfunction surrounding the Mets, adding:
“Perhaps, more significantly, Jeff Wilpon, the man in charge of the team’s off-field operations and the son of the club’s majority owner, has not been heard from in months.
“In normal times, a chief operating officer’s public silence would go unnoticed. On many teams, general managers do most of the talking because they are responsible for the team on a day-to-day basis. But when the problems spill off the field, higher-ranking executives often step in to clarify the team’s goals and project stability… This would seem to be one of those moments.”
Meanwhile, in a post to NY Baseball Digest, Mike Silva writes:
“Jeff Wilpon needs to stand up and take control of his team. Show the players, employees, and fans that there is actually some semblance of a chain of command. So far we have gotten a little spin and a lot of silence. That doesn’t make me feel like we will see the right decision made. That is a huge indictment on ownership and the future of this ballclub.”
…i actually agree with the team’s efforts to keep wilpon more behind the scenes, and out of the public eye… frankly, if he speaks, it would only make matters worse i bet, because media and fans love to pick him apart, so no matter what he says it will likely get ripped on…
…the problem, instead, is not that we aren’t hearing from wilpon, it’s that Omar Minaya looked paranoid and confused when he did talk to reporters the other day… had minaya controlled the message more, been assertive and made sense, nobody would care to hear from wilpon… from a public relations point of view, this is more polictis than business… its sports… its entertainment… though it is a business, and i’m sure their back accounts can prove it, from a perception point of view, it’s less GE and Exxon-Mobil and more Jon and Kate Plus Eight…