A source tells the Daily News that the list of potential investors in the Mets has been whittled down to eight, and that those eight have all been vetted by Major League Baseball, leaving the decision solely in the hands of the Wilpons. The offers are characterized as ranging from “marginally acceptable” to “very acceptable.” There is talk of a round two, so we may very well have a further narrowing down in the future before we hear of any decision.
By the way, this quote, from the head of a sports investment bank, may be the quote of the year:
“I personally know seven billionaires who love the Mets and would love to own the Mets”
Personally? Well, then.
Anyway, I’m still way less interested in the cash involved than I am in the details of the deal. Specifically, whether the offers contain any provisions for the investor to increase their stake in the team in the future if they so desire or if certain things happen with respect to the Wilpons in terms of liquidity, liability or what have you.
OXON HILL, MD — Bill King has been selected as the 2017 recipient of the Ford C. Frick Award, presented annually for excellence in broadcasting by the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum.
King, one of the iconic voices of Bay Area sports, was known for his handlebar mustache and his signature “Holy Toledo!” exclamation. King broadcast A’s games for 25 seasons, from 1981 through 2005. He likewise broadcast Oakland Raiders and Golden State Warriors games and got his start as an announcer for the Giants in the late 1950s after they moved to San Francisco.
King passed away in October 2005. With the Frick Award, however, he has now been immortalized among baseball broadcasters.
The Rockies have signed free agent outfielder/infielder Ian Desmond for five years and $70 million.
Desmond, 31, played his first season as a full-time outfielder with the Rangers in 2016. Before that he was the Nationals shortstop. He’ll almost certainly be an outfielder in Colorado, or else will play first base, as the Rockies have Trevor Story at short. Desmond hit .285/.335/.446 with 22 home runs, 86 RBI, 107 runs scored, and 21 stolen bases in 677 plate appearances, though he was much, much better in the first half than the second half.
The Rangers had placed a qualifying offer on him which he rejected, so the Rockies will have to give up their first round pick in the 2017 draft, which is 11th overall. That’s the highest pick a team can surrender under the qualifying offer system, as the first ten picks in the draft are protected.