Whether you believe him or not, Steve Phillips wants Mets fans to know that the Wilpons care.
The Mets owners have come under fire from their fanbase for their frugal ways this offseason following a dismal 70-92 season.
But Phillips, the team’s former general manager, says criticism from the fans is misplaced.
“Mets fans have such little empathy for ownership,” Phillips wrote in a string of Twitter posts on Wednesday. “The Madoff situation crippled them financially less than 10 years ago. It was a betrayal to the Nth degree. It crushed them spiritually, emotionally and financially. They never complain about it. They don’t use it as an excuse.”
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Phillips also defended the Wilpons’ lack of spending, noting that their refusal to give up the team supposedly shows their dedication to the franchise.
“What if it was you who lost millions? Wouldn’t you try to keep your business afloat? Wouldn’t you still be passionate about the things you love? The Wilpons are good people,” Phillips continued. “They care about the fans and the team. Don’t you think they wish they could do it differently?
“They aren’t cheap! They do care! As much or more than the fans who criticize them. Put yourself in their shoes for just a minute. Give them some credit for surviving what might have broken a different owner. For what might have broken me or even you.”
Phillips also tweeted that he doesn’t “believe for one second the Wilpons knew what Madoff was doing,” noting that, “The #Mets had a $155M payroll in ‘17. That’s not cheap! The #Indians, #Astros, #DBacks, #Twins and #Rockies all spent less and made the playoffs.”
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But with roughly $50 million coming off the books at the end of last season, and hardly any of that total reinvested in the team thus far, Mets fans aren’t likely to have any sympathy.
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