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The biggest difference between Wilpon and McCourt? Bud Selig likes Fred Wilpon more.

Feb 10, 2011, 1:35 PM EDT

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Yesterday I talked about how baseball views the Wilpon and McCourt situations differently and about how, because of this, Bud Selig is likely to take a harder stance when it comes to McCourt’s proposed use of TV money vs. Wilpon’s use of SNY money.

Today Ken Rosenthal has his own compare and contrast on it, focusing less on the structure of it all and more on the fact that Bud Selig simply likes Fred Wilpon more than Frank McCourt.  After noting the sorts of things Selig could do to make McCourt’s life diffcult, Rosenthal reports:

Conversely, it is almost unthinkable that Selig would exert his influence to take an aggressive posture against Wilpon.

“He’s as close to Fred as he is to anybody in the game,” one former baseball executive says.

“(Selig) will do everything humanly possible to help the Wilpons,” another adds, referring to Fred and his son Jeff, the Mets’ chief operating officer. “He will bend himself into a pretzel to help them.”

The relationship is simply better with Wilpon than it is with McCourt.  And, as Rosenthal quotes multiple insiders saying, Bud is a relationships guy.

Good reading from Robo.  It catches the palace intrigue flavor of so much that animates the business of Major League Baseball.

  1. Loren - Feb 10, 2011 at 1:50 PM

    I guess all those years of not going over slot in the draft are paying off.

  2. BC - Feb 10, 2011 at 2:24 PM

    Hmmph. That’s like choosing arsenic over rat poison for dinner.

  3. lanflfan - Feb 10, 2011 at 2:45 PM

    Somewhat ironic, considering Bud approved the wonderful Mr. McCourt as an owner, despite him being leveraged up the arse AND with Fox loaning him money (a proud day for MLB to be sure).

    I will be a much happier fan once the Bud Selig era finally comes to an end. Here’s hoping his replacement has at least some hint of intelligence and gets this game back on track.

  4. hep3 - Feb 10, 2011 at 3:16 PM

    So if you want to be an owner in MLB, is it better to be investing with a swindler or go through a messy divorce?

  5. kiwicricket - Feb 10, 2011 at 9:27 PM

    Oh come on Bud! Live a little! Swish 40K a month on hotels and swing round Hollywood a bit! You’ll see Frankie’s not such a bad guy after all.

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