There are plenty of people to blame for the Mets’ misfortunes over the past 18 seasons. Players. Managers. General Managers. Scouts. Doctors. Trainers.
But the issues always started at the top, where the Wilpons’ ownership — CEO Fred Wilpon and son and COO Jeff — has been defined by micromanagement of its subordinates.
With Steve Cohen set to take over as the team’s majority owner in no more than five years, here’s a look at some of the worst moves made on the Wilpons’ watch:
The Wilpons’ first managerial hire, Art Howe, was fired two years into his four-year deal — and paid $4.7 million for the remaining two years on the contract — after going 137-186. The Mets’ most recent manager, Mickey Callaway, was also fired after two seasons. Willie Randolph carried the best win percentage (302-253, .544) under the Wilpons and took the team within one win of the World Series in 2006, but was shamed midway through the 2008 season after being fired around 3 a.m. Eastern Time, while the team was in California.
Edwin Diaz is just the latest disaster. Before moving into Citi Field in 2009, the Mets signed Francisco Rodriguez to a…