New York Mets: Good Morning, It is Steve Cohen Day

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The day New York Mets fans have longed for is finally here. At 1:30 p.m. ET, Major League Baseball’s owners will vote whether to approve or deny Steve Cohen’s bid to purchase the Wilpon/Katz group’s franchise. There has been plenty of noise in the last week, but everything is scheduled to go as planned for Cohen.

As reported, Cohen is expected to receive the votes needed for approval. It should come in the 27-29 “yes” range, with White Sox owner Jerry Reinsdorf as the only confirmed no. Of course, Reinsdorf has close ties with Alex Rodriguez but will not convince enough owners to vote against Cohen. Reinsdorf cannot even keep the people in his organization happy (hiring Tony LaRussa), so working in collusion with other current owners is a major long shot.

Of course, Mayor Bill de Blasio had to throw his name in the mix to block the sale, but there is nothing he can do. Once Cohen gets approval, he owns the team at the 95% stake he agreed to. de Blasio comes in because the land Citi Field sits on belongs to the city. Since Cohen has no crimes to his name, he likely is hoping the owners vote against Cohen to get A-Rod back in the mix as well.

Stay Calm, Do Not Panic

Mets fans have learned not to take anything for granted and assume nothing. Despite the worries, all key sources say Cohen will get ownership of the team, and de Blasio is all talk. The Mayor cannot afford to get under the skin of any more people in his city. The vote should go as smoothly as planned since MLB desperately needs an owner who can spend plenty of money like Cohen.

As we inch closer to finding out the news on approval, there is nothing to do but check Twitter constantly and watch the hours tick away. Either way, we are in one of the most important days in the history of the New York Mets franchise, and Christmas might be coming early this year.

New York Mets: de Blasio’s Spokesperson Contradicts NY Post’s Report

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On Wednesday night, the New York Post added some unneeded worry to New York Mets fans regarding Steve Cohen’s ownership future. The Post reported that Mayor Bill de Blasio told MLB commissioner Rob Manfred that he would do everything he can to kill the sale. The Mayor’s spoke person, Bill Neidhardt, came out shortly after the story broke and said no such story is true.

Neidhardt did not confirm what de Blasio said to Manfred, but it is a big story that he quickly falsified the story. In past stories, we have talked about the untrustworthy reporting of the NY Post and Andy Martino. Both of them were right in the middle of the story and proved how untrustworthy they are again.

Click Bait?

The article also had characteristics of one that just wanted views. Throughout the article, there are unsubstantiated sources, and it all leads to the final line in the article saying, “But he has no real standing, and Cohen will sue him. And Cohen will win.” It was another example of poor journalism from the Post.

Since the news broke about the de Blasio hurdle, it was clear that he had no legal standing to block the deal. It became a story that is likely due to the political game where de Blasio is trying to get extra incentives from Cohen. The Mayor would lose every single lawsuit if he halted the deal without any criminal charges. de Blasio’s dying political career would officially come to an end if he ended the Cohen deal as well. Not to mention, it is another example of Alex Rodriguez’s cronies doing his dirty work for him.

Mets fans, try to hold off the stress. The owner’s vote is coming on Friday; Cohen will be approved and will get the team. Follow Laura Goldman and Joe Pantorno on Twitter for the best coverage, and whatever you do, do not trust the Post or Martino.

New York Mets: Cohen Has Votes in Place For Ownership Approval

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Steve Cohen’s quest to own the New York Mets is reaching the finish line. The 14 billion dollar man should receive at least 23 of 29 votes from the owners to gain the franchise’s full ownership. Of course, Mayor Bill de Blasio’s office is the final hurdle, but de Blasio does not see it from stopping Cohen from disposing of the Wilpon family.

There is also confirmation from inside sources working for the Mets. During an employee zoom call today, Jeff Wilpon said good-bye to everyone for good. Despite sources against Cohen making it seem like de Blasio will stop the sale, no such dream for them exists.

Vote, Vote, Vote

The only guaranteed vote against Cohen will come from Chicago White Sox owner Jerry Reinsdorf. He voted against Cohen in 2012 and this year as a member of the MLB ownership committee. Reinsdorf is a good friend of Alex Rodriguez and may bring 3-4 owners to vote against Cohen, but it will not be enough to stop the inevitable.

For those who dislike the way Alex Rodriguez and Jennifer Lopez handled their loss to Cohen, they get the last laugh too. If the couple was the group the owners voted on, they would not get the votes needed for approval. It is no surprise that A-Rod would get this treatment considering his controversial career and the number of enemies he created over 25+ years.

As the week begins, we are in the final turn of the final lap of this long, strenuous race to rid the Mets of the Wilpon family. If all moves as expected, the words “Steve Cohen owns the Mets” can be tweeted by the end of the week.