11 People Who Won’t Own the Mets

With the Wilpons in hot water over this Ponzi scheme litigation, and looking to sell off a “portion” of the team, several suitors have either come forward or been suggested as possible future owners of the Mets.

Let’s take a quick look at some people who won’t be buying in.

1. Mike Bloomberg
Being owner of the Mets would make it kind of inappropriate and uncomfortable to attend Yankees games.

2. Carlos Slim Helu
The billionaire from Mexico is too disgraced and offended by the presence of fellow countryman Oliver Perez.

3. George Steinbrenner
First off, he’s dead. Second, Bud Selig would never allow Steinbrenner to buy the Mets with the sole intention of moving them to International League.

4. Charley O. Finley
He’s dead too, but more importantly, between the animal rights activists and the New York City Board of Health, there’s no way a donkey would be allowed set hoof in Citi Field.

5. Donald Trump
Bud Selig would never let him into his private “boys club”, for fear that Trump would find a way to fire him.

6. Bernie Madoff
As Bernardo Provenzano can tell you, it’s not impossible to run a business from behind bars. Unfortunately, Bernie was going to use the money he “made” via his Ponzi scheme to fund the purchase. Ironic!

7. Sir Richard Branson
MLB would never allow him to rename the team to “New York Virgins”.

8. Lorne Michaels
SNL is already inundated with enough bad jokes.

9. Jerry Seinfeld
Because the Mets are just not funny … they’re sad.

10. Lenny Dykstra
He would’ve been a frontrunner three years ago. Unfortunately, his financial empire was about as solid as Madoff’s funds.

11. Warren Buffet
Buffet got where he is today by investing in solid, well-run businesses that show the potential to profit and succeed in the future. Need I say more?

Coming soon: people who COULD own the Mets!

Joe Janish began MetsToday in 2005 to provide the unique perspective of a high-level player and coach -- he earned NCAA D-1 All-American honors as a catcher and coached several players who went on to play pro ball. As a result his posts often include mechanical evaluations, scout-like analysis, and opinions that go beyond the numbers. Follow Joe's baseball tips on Twitter at @onbaseball and at the On Baseball Google Plus page.
  1. Professor Longnose February 24, 2011 at 2:32 pm
    I refuse to comment on whether I am interested in purchasing the Mets.
  2. Izzy February 24, 2011 at 2:54 pm
    The courts could declare the revocation of the term limit law to be illegal and thenBloomberg would have to resign and there wouldn’t be a problem with him going to a Yanee game so he’d be free to own the Mets.
  3. gary s. February 24, 2011 at 5:18 pm
    bloomberg would ban hot dogs, pretzels and shutter the shake shack.We would also have a lot more “lefties” in the lineup.if we have to have a crazy know it all rich person as owner i would rather have the donald..
  4. Rob February 25, 2011 at 2:33 am
    HA! Good one, Joe. You can add my name to the list as well. I just couldn’t get the financing…although my credit was good. Oh well…here’s hoping that the list of “coulds” will be a lot more hopeful. Then all we need to do is convince Fred and Jeff to execute the sell ticket.
  5. Rob February 25, 2011 at 2:34 am
    Incidentally, my son just made the JV! Now the hard work starts…and who knows…he may be a Met in six or seven years!!
    • Joe Janish February 26, 2011 at 6:01 pm
      Congratulations! As long as he doesn’t look for over-slot money there’s always a chance!