Sportico- Steve Cohen’s bid to buy the New York Mets was approved by Major League Baseball’s Ownership Committee, all but assuring the hedge fund titan will be the team’s new owner, according to people familiar with the matter. The Ownership Committee, chaired by Pittsburgh Pirates Chairman Bob Nutting, reviewed the vetting of Cohen and details of the proposed transaction, said the people, who were granted anonymity because the matter is private.
The next step in the process is a review by the commissioner’s Executive Council, after which the proposed sale will be voted on by a full slate of owners. Cohen needs 23 votes for approval. The final vote may take place soon after the World Series.
Also on the Ownership Committee are Chicago White Sox Chairman Jerry Reinsdorf, Chris Ilitch of the Detroit Tigers, Paul Dolan of the Cleveland Indians and Fred Wilpon of the Mets. Wilpon likely had to recuse himself. Cohen met virtually with the Ownership Committee weeks ago.
Alright, so this isn't quite Click Burglar Clem at work here, so I'll save your eyes from seeing that gross son of a bitch. But this vote isn't technically THE vote that we've all been waiting for that officially gives Uncle Stevie what I imagine is they keys to Citi Field, a stamped piece of paper that says he owns the New York Metropolitan Baseball Club Inc. and whatever debt the Wilpons unleashed on that poor franchise. Hopefully the Dodgers and Rays can wrap up this weird World Coronaseries posthaste so we can get to that vote ASAP. Instead of click bait we'll call it a click trick.
However, I had to blog this story since not only will it get clicks from Mets fans that cannot wait to get the Wilpons out of their lives but it's one less thing that can go wrong now that we are in the bottom of the 9th inning of this sale and every Mets fan should know that there is one less snag that can happen. So let's call it a 4-0 lead with one out and the bases empty. It's not over but it'll take something extremely Metsy for a loss to happen.
I also knew I had to blog this the minute I saw the name Bob Nutting because that name makes me crack up every time I read it. I'm literally laughing right now while typing it too. Anyway, shout out Bob Nutting for making things happen on a council full of some of the most loathed members in the Major League Baseball ownership community. Holy shit that is a Murderer's Row of guys hated by their respective fanbases. Maybe that Ownership Council is why it seems like Major League Baseball is always doing the wrong move when it comes to PR.
Actually I take back anything mean I said about those fine gentlemen, at least one of which was rumored to be anti-Cohen, since they gave the man who is going to make my baseball life good the thumbs up. Now let's get hyped for our savior's arrival by watching the greatest videos ever created one more time.