As the alleged new owner of Mets last week, Steven A. Cohen has spent days answering fan questions on Twitter. The Mets loyalists, he writes, are “the most knowledgeable fans around” – and Cohen has always been one of them.
On Friday, as he pegged a record $ 2,475 billion buying his favorite team, Cohen began his tenure with exactly the kind of move a disappointed Mets fan would make, erasing Quitting a front office didn’t bring Mets back after the season. . Cohen fired five members of the baseball team, including General Manager Brodie Van Wagenen, three assistants and player development director, Jared Banner.
Sandy Alderson, the former general manager of Mets and the new chairman of the group, will hire a new office team backed by not only Cohen’s billions of dollars, but his drive. At a time when other owners will show caution after a non-ticketing season, the Mets are positioned to spend in ways they rarely do after the financially devastating Bernard L. Madoff scandal of Wilpon’s family.
Cohen’s developments were part of a series of impressive news surrounding the Major League Baseball on Friday, joining the federation’s decision not to punish Justin Turner for celebrating last week’s World Series championship with His Dodgers teammates, though recently tested positive for coronavirus, and Alex Cora’s return to administering the Boston Red Sox. All three stories are, in a way, emphasized by a quality that is too often lacking today: mercy.
This is an era of indignation, in and out of sports, in which every offense seems to be synonymous with perpetual condemnation, or at least harsh scolding and morality. After a while, punishment often feels like shame for the sake of shame.
Cohen, for his part, was approved by the tournament owners on October 30 – with four dissent votes – although the baggage included several discriminatory claims filed by women against his firm, Point72 Asset Management, and discovered insider trading against his former company, SAC Capital Partners, in 2013. Cohen was never charged, but SAC Capital Partners paid 1.8 billion USD in fine.
But with Cohen’s deep pockets and an enduring love for the team, now in control of the Mets, the options in the free agency are dizzying: Catcher JT Realmuto, midfielder George Springer, who started Trevor Bauer and midfielder DJ LeMahieu title a class of sneaky players available. , and Mets can also trade flexibly to take contracts their opponents want to remove. Cohen’s respect for the power of analysis – where Alderson helped pioneer the Oakland A area – will keep the team from making hasty decisions.
This is the moment when things seem to be happening, before any Cohen era move backfires due to poor performance, injury or lack of luck. Of course, Mets will not be immune to those forces. The current owners of the Dodgers – the model big-market franchise – had eight straight championships before they eventually won the World Series.
Like Cohen, whose past did not last against him, Cora was allowed to return after serving a penalty for his role in the 2017 Houston Astros sign-stealing scandal, when he I’m their bench coach. Red Sox fired him last winter – leaving him off for a season with their bad squad, yes, but also getting him to pay. AJ Hinch, Astros’s manager in 2017, was suspended for a year and then fired. He was hired last week as a manager at the Detroit Tigers.
It was difficult to find managers with championships, and it’s no surprise Cora and Hinch are back. Two others who lost their jobs after the Astros scandal are still leaving the baseball team – their former general manager, Jeff Luhnow, who was suspended for a year and sacked, and his former designee. they, Carlos Beltran, have been fired from the position of manager of Mets. Both have a lot to offer, whenever there’s a next chance.
It is not a matter of justifying bad behavior, but letting talented people have another chance after their service. Fans and historians have enduring memories, and high-profile breaches never disappear from the record. But not all stories have to end that way.
In Turner’s case, what would baseball prove by punishing him for poor judgment? Turner has been heavily criticized for acting lack of thought, and he admitted in a statement that he “accidentally” removed his mask while photographing the team with the trophy. But the MLB won’t be careful letting him take full responsibility back on the pitch.
“Major League Baseball could have handled the situation more effectively,” Commissioner Rob Manfred said in a statement on Friday. “For example, in retrospect, a security officer should have been assigned to oversee Mr. Turner when he was asked for isolation, and Mr. Turner should have been transported from the stadium to the hotel in time than”.
Manfred also explained that at least two Dodgers staff didn’t tell Turner when he was on his way to the pitch, and that, in Turner’s recollection, at least one Dodgers official had allowed him. For his merits, Manfred also understood the emotional appeal of Turner’s decision, which no teammates publicly objected to.
“Turner’s teammates actively encouraged him to leave the quarantine room and return to the field to take pictures,” Manfred wrote. “Many teammates feel they have come into contact with Mr. Turner and are ready to take additional risks.”
The risk of showing mercy to Turner – and letting Cohen, Cora, and Hinch take leadership roles in the industry – seemed minimal. The value of returning indignation, especially at present, is remarkable.