Wilpon, Katz’ potential liability reduced in Madoff case

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Yesterday the judge in the Bernie Madoff case dismissed all but two counts against Fred Wilpon and Saul Katz, owners of the Mets. Staying in play was the fraud charge which, theoretically, could have had Wilpon and Katz on the hook for $1 billion. This morning, however, the judge issued a second ruling, capping the potential damages at $386 million.

This certainly changes the game for Wilpon, Katz and the Mets, who just had their worst case scenario — and their ceiling in any kind of settlement — dramatically reduced.

Reached for comment during today’s game, Terry Collins suggested that Wilpon and Katz just pull out of the case now and declare victory.  Wilpon later had to explain to Collins that that only works for batting titles.

Brandon Crawford homers off brother-in-law Gerrit Cole

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You can’t pick your family and no one knows that better than Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford. His sister Amy married Astros starter Gerrit Cole in November 2016, so the two players are brothers-in-law.

The two players have matched up against each other 18 times in the past, as Cole spent his first five seasons in the National League with the Pirates. Cole often won that battle, holding Crawford to four hits — all singles — in 18 plate appearances.

Crawford finally got the better of Cole on Tuesday night, hitting a line drive into the appropriately-named Crawford Boxes at Minute Maid Park for a two-run home run, cutting the Astros’ lead to 5-2.