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Top Mets Bid Could Ultimately Lead To Control If Wilpons Change Stance
Published May 2, 2011
TALE OF TWO CITIES: In N.Y., Richard Sandomir wrote MLB Commissioner Bud Selig's "approaches to the Mets and the Dodgers reflect the breadth of his powers -- he can do what he deems necessary to enforce baseball’s 'best interests' as he sees them -- and his ties to the owners." Selig and Fred Wilpon "have been friends for 30 years," while Dodgers Owner Frank McCourt "arrived in baseball in 2004 but has never pierced the inner sanctum around Selig." Sandomir: "Selig appears to regard Wilpon as a trustworthy, solid citizen, but McCourt as a problem child in need of adult supervision" (N.Y. TIMES, 5/1). In S.F., Scott Ostler writes under the header, "Stated Reasons Don't Justify L.A. Takeover." Ostler: "I'm no lawyer, but Selig is on extremely shaky legal ground here." His reasoning "seems to indicate a vague, selective and somewhat emotional criterion for taking over a team" (S.F. CHRONICLE, 5/2).