Mets owner Fred Wilpon announced Friday that he is looking to sell a 20-25 percent stake in the club in order to secure funds that will help his family bounce back from their involvement with Bernie Madoff’s ponzi scheme. A ton of bargain hunters have already stepped forward, including a group of investors led by Martin Luther King III.
But it’s not all gloom and doom this weekend for the Mets and their fans.
Adam Rubin of ESPN New York heard from a source on Sunday afternoon that Major League Baseball plans to award the 2013 All-Star Game to Citi Field. The Mets last hosted an All-Star Game in 1964, the debut season for Shea Stadium.
For a variety of reasons — none of which make much sense — an official announcement probably won’t be made for another couple of months, but Rubin isn’t the only reporter who is relaying the news.
The 2011 All-Star Game will be held at the Diamondbacks’ Chase Field and the 2012 All-Star Game will be held at the Royals’ newly renovated Kauffman Stadium.
Yankees top prospect Gleyber Torres will be promoted to the majors this weekend, per a report from Jack Curry of the YES Network. Torres was expected to make his debut earlier in the season, but his starting date was pushed back after he suffered a bout of back tightness last Monday. Now, however, it looks like he’s finally healthy enough to make an impact on a team that’s in sore need of an offensive boost. As of Saturday evening, the team has yet to officially confirm the move.
The 21-year-old infielder has made quite the impression in Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre this spring, slashing .370/.415/.543 with five extra-base hits and 11 RBI in his first 53 plate appearances. Prior to the start of the 2018 season, he was ranked first overall in the Yankees’ system and fifth among the league’s best prospects (via MLB Pipeline). His numbers at the plate have been made all the more impressive by the fact that he’s only 10 months removed from Tommy John surgery on his non-throwing arm; neither the injury nor the lengthy recovery process seems to have had any detrimental effect on his game play this year.
While Torres appears most comfortable as a shortstop, he’s not expected to supplant Didi Gregorius in a starting role. Instead, it’s more likely that he’ll sub in at second and third base among the likes of Miguel Andujar, Neil Walker and Ronald Torreyes.