Stephen Cohen, owner of the New York Mets, apologized in a letter to season ticket holders.
According to ESPN, an American sports channel on the 6th (Korean time), in a letter sent by Cohen’s owner, ‘We added some key elements to our team, but things did not go as planned. You are sure to be disappointed, but so are we,” and said, “This is not where we wanted in 2023.”
The Mets’ total annual salary this season exceeded $350 million (457.8 billion won). Focusing on recruiting big players in the offseason, he rose to the top of the major league (MLB) team salary. It was the effect of Cohen, who is called a ‘hedge fund magnate’, actively moving with the goal of rebuilding the team. Cohen’s assets are evaluated at $ 17 billion (21.9 trillion won) according to the economic magazine Forbes. MLB.com, the official MLB website, said last winter that “the Mets will pay more than $50 million (65.4 billion won) in luxury tax in 2023.”
The return on investment was negligible. The Mets, who stayed at 50-60 (0.455 win rate) as of the 6th, are in fourth place in the Eastern Division of the National League. The race against the district’s leading Atlanta Braves (70-38) went on until 21 games, and fall baseball virtually disappeared. The winning rate was less than 50%, and it was far from the wide card race. As a result, before the trade deadline, Cy Young Award winners Justin Verlander and Max Scherzer, as well as outfielders Tommy Pham and Mark Kanha, and closer David Robinson were traded away.
In fact, it was like raising a white flag. For season ticket holders, it was something to be upset about. In a letter, Cohen said, “We will be competitive in 2024, but I think 2025-26 is the time for young talent to make an impact.” In 2025, pay flexibility is high,’ he explained. After naming each of the team’s top prospects, including Marco Vargas and Jeremy Rodriguez, Cohen said he hoped, “It’ll be fun to watch them grow as they learn to win together through our system.”메이저놀이터
It’s unclear whether Cohen’s letter will calm fans’ displeasure. On this day, the Mets lost 3-7 to Baltimore and fell into a swamp of 5 consecutive losses in the season. Their last 10 matches are 3 wins and 7 losses.