New York Mets: Governor Cuomo says Jeff Wilpon is Open to Playing Season

Daniel Marcillo
Sep 30, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets chief operations officer Jeff Wilpon addresses the media during a press conference prior to a game against the Miami Marlins at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports

With all sports at a standstill, it is good to hear any type of news related to baseball. Los Angeles Mayor, Gary Garcetti, said having no live sports until 2021 is possible, Governor Andrew Cuomo had a different take. On his brother’s, Chris Cuomo, CNN program, Andrew spoke of a conversation he had with New York Mets owner Jeff Wilpon.

Wilpon said he would be open to playing in an empty stadium but at the cost of players taking a pay cut. Immediately this brings up the typical cheap comments about Wilpon, but he is not alone here. Most owners throughout sports are going to see an economic loss. Even when fans are allowed to congregate in stadiums, attendance will very slowly work its way back up.

Bring Back Some Type of Sport

Cuomo made it very clear that he wants sports brought back this year. What Wilpon told Cuomo is only a thought during a phone call. A lot more has to be drawn up before any of this takes place.

MLB’s CBA expires following the 2021 season, and forcing players to play with reduced salaries will make negotiations tougher. Tony Clark and Rob Manfred are also poor at their jobs as union rep and commissioner, respectively. All of this combined makes the situation of players taking pay cuts to play in empty stadiums an unlikely case.

On top of that is the uncertainty of the Coronavirus. The timeline is very uncertain, and the ramped-up social distancing does not help baseball’s cause.