Every morning, the fine folks at Sports Radio Interviews sift through the a.m. drive-time chatter to bring you the best interviews with coaches, players, and personalities across the sports landscape. Today: Mets Chief Operating Officer Jeff Wilpon.
Wilpon joined Mike Francesca on WFAN in New York to talk all about the disappointing season, the decision to let Manuel and Minaya go, his thoughts on the talent situation in the organization, what the organization plans to do to entice more fans to the park and reward those fans that have been loyal, and other interesting topics in a lengthy interview.
On the decision to fire Omar Minaya and Jerry Manuel:
Yeah, well listen, it was a difficult day. I have the utmost respect for Omar and Jerry. It was a tough decision to come to, but one that was needed for the franchise to get us moving in a different direction.
On why it was a tough decision:
Well because the two men are such outstanding people. Having worked with Omar for six-plus years and having known him before that when he was with the organization, and getting to know Jerry – it's tough when you have to let good people go. But the results are what they were, and we failed. And their part of it, ownership is part of it, and it's time now to figure out a different direction for the organization.
On how it seems like his father is still involved with the decision making processes of the organization:
Always, that hasn't changed at all in anything we do together. The organization has an office of the Chairman that we set up. I run the day-to-day Mike, but any major decision, expenditure, et cetera, we make as a collaborative effort. We might disagree in a room, but we come out of the room as one mind, one direction, and we're all on the same page.
On if there's any truth to the speculation that the ownership's finances are hurting:
Absolutely not. No way.
On what he would say to those fans that think they don't care about the fan experience of the Mets:
We totally care about the product, and I think the fans are going to be happy We're looking at ticket pricing, we're looking at ticket packages, we're looking at all the things they're going to be most concerned with – is it affordable, and is it a value. Okay, that's the key word to me Mike. Is it a value to come watch the team we put on the field. And we're going to make sure we work very hard to make sure they have a value to come out to what we think is a great ball park, Citi Field, and be here and be part of the excitement.
On if he thinks the Mets' roster and farm system has enough talent on it at the moment:
I think we have talent, but I think our record says what we are. We were mediocre Mike. We were a .500 team at the beginning of the season, and we we rolled through the rest of the season as a .500 team which is unacceptable.
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