Sure, it’s only 40 percent of what the Dodgers sold for, but $800 million isn’t bad.
The Padres sale to Peter O’Malley’s group was completed Monday, pending league approval that could come during the Aug. 16 owners meetings.
O’Malley is settling for the Padres after coming up short in his attempt to re-buy the Dodgers earlier this year. Among his investors is golfer Phil Mickelson, but it’s expected to be primarily a family-run team by Peter, his sons Kevin and Brian O’Malley and his nephews Peter and Tom Seidley.
Approval of the sale figures to go down without a hitch, as commissioner Bud Selig publicly endorsed the bid last month. Of course, the Padres’ first sale to agent Jeff Moorad didn’t go so smoothly. It proved to be a boon for current owner John Moores, though, as the new sale price is much higher than the previous $500 million figure.
As you no doubt saw already, Mets manager Mickey Callaway had a bad day yesterday. After some testy exchanges with the media over his bullpen use, he blew up at Newsday reporter Tim Healey after Healey told Callaway that he’d see him tomorrow, which Callaway took as sarcastic. Then Jason Vargas unhelpfully piled on, walking toward Healey and threatening him with violence. Healy spoke to his Newsday colleague David Lennon and explained the whole thing here. He’s pretty even-handed about it.
Callaway was already thought to be on at least moderately thin ice as Mets manager given his team’s underachievement this year. Thin ice or not, it’s not unreasonable to say that his behavior yesterday is something that a lot of teams would think of as a fireable offense. At the very least leaders in other businesses would think that way if one of their public-facing employees treated a reporter who covered him in that manner. In addition to it simply being bad form, it raises questions about Callaway’s temperament and his ability to handle pressure and adversity.
The Mets, however, do not seem to consider the matter to raise to that level. While they offered apologies to Healey and vowed that that he will be welcome in the clubhouse — for which Healey was appreciative — Callaway will be back to work as usual today, with the Mets announcing this morning that he will hold his usual pre-game press conference at 4PM in advance of tonight’s game against the Phillies.
Tell me: if you’re the GM or owner of a team and your manager does that, do you keep him? What do you do?