Mets Fire SVP of Ticket Sales
Terry Collins is not held accountable for the Mets’ losing record.
Sandy Alderson is not held accountable for four consecutive losing seasons.
However, Leigh Castergine is held accountable for subpar ticket sales.
According to New York Post writer Fred Kerber:
Fans weren’t paying at the box office so a Mets executive paid with her job.
With only the Diamondbacks and Marlins selling fewer tickets in the National League than the Mets, the team has fired Leigh Castergine, senior vice president, ticket sales and services who had been with the team since 2010.
“Leigh Castergine, Senior Vice President of Ticket Sales & Services, is no longer with the organization. Although no replacement has been named yet, we have a talented staff in place to handle all ticket related business while we embark on a national search for this role,” the team said Sunday in a statement to The Post.
Entering Sunday, the Mets had averaged 26,631 per home game, surpassing only Arizona (25,088) and Miami (21,484) in the National League. Seven American League clubs had averaged less.
Clearly, there is a stark difference between PAID attendance and ACTUAL attendance. There’s no way the Mets are averaging over 26,000 people walking through their turnstiles. I’d be surprised to learn that the true average is over 20,000. But that aside …
I have no idea why Leigh Castergine was fired. It may have nothing at all to do with ticket sales. Maybe the Mets simply wanted “to go another direction” — a phrase used by Jeff Lunhow when announcing the firing of Astros manager Bo Porter.
If indeed the firing was performance-related, it would seem unfair. How is someone expected to sell a minor-league product to people expecting Major League quality? And at Major League prices, no less?
In typical Mets fashion, the news was announced during a long holiday weekend, in the hopes it would get lost under a pile of news by the time people were paying attention again. The strategy seems to have worked, because no one other than Kerber and Adam Rubin have made mention of it.
Why aren’t any of the Mets beat writers touching this story? OK, maybe they don’t want to go there — it’s a sensitive subject. So where are the other guys, who feed on this stuff? (I’m looking at YOU, Craig, Jeff, and Joel — is there really THAT much to discuss regarding Bo Porter, preseason football, and the U.S. Open? Surely something this salacious is worth a little digging.)
For what it’s worth, there’s a petition to re-hire Castergine. It reads thusly:
The New York Mets, who have played under .500 ball for the past 6 years have fired the Vice President of Tickets Sales and Services. Leigh Castergine held the position since 2010. The men responsible for the debacle of a team on the field have been held harmless for poor fan attendence. This includes General Manager Sandy Alderson, Field Manager Terry Collins and team owner Fred Wilpon.
As a Met fan since 1962 I find the team’s ineptitude frustrating but I find blaming the VP for ticket sales for a lack of attendance appalling. The focus needs to be on the on-field product.
Rehire Leigh Castergine. She did not hit .140 for the month of August.
Again, I have no idea why exactly Castergine was let go, but it IS curious, isn’t it? I just want to know why this is being dismissed as a non-story. It’s not ALWAYS the salesperson’s fault when a product doesn’t sell — sometimes the blame needs to be shared by the creators and managers of the product.
Your thoughts are eagerly awaited in the comments.