JONAH KERI’ “THE EXTRA 2% GOES ON SALE TODAY

Jonah Keri’s new book “The Extra 2% How Wall Street Strategies Took a Major League Team From Worst to First” (Ballantine/ESPN Books Hardcover) hits books store today, a day many baseball devotees have been waiting for.

The book chronicles the rise of the Tampa Bay Rays, under the management skills of Stuart Sternberg and Mathew Silverman, using their expertise in economics learned from their days together at Goldman Sachs.

The Rays were once the most disrespected franchise in baseball, on and off the field. You could say the Rays were an undervalued commodity being that their continuous last place finishes; their reward was drafting very high in the June entry draft and getting the best choices of the top American amateurs out there. Upon taking ownership of the club, Sternberg and Silverman put together a draft strategy, and acquiring players who were proficient in the defensive end of baseball.  

Sternberg and Silverman also changed the culture of the franchise by bringing in a positive dynamic to the front office and administrative staff who were beaten down under the Vince Namoli regime. They also did an intense rebranding of the team, first dropping the name “Devils” and going with just Rays as the team nickname as well as ridding themselves of the weird color designs on the uniform.  

While Sternberg and Silverman have been successful with the Rays on the field, they are still fighting an uphill battle off the field, dealing with issues of an antiquated and hard to get to ballpark and a depressed economy in Central Florida, which has kept attendance down.

Sternberg has also been linked to becoming owner of the NY Mets as he is not only a Brooklyn native and Westchester resident but he is a lifelong Mets fan and season ticket holder still to this day.    

As a Mets fan, this book is of great interest to me (and it should be to you as well) as the franchise is entering uncertain times due to money problems of ownership that has been chronicled all winter and that we have a new front office headed by Sandy Alderson whose management style is the bench mark for what Sternberg and Silverman have used in Tampa.

The Extra 2 % can be obtained through Amazon, Barnes & Noble (both on line and the good old brick and mortar) and all book stores. No matter how you buy your books these days (Kindle and Nook) I recommend highly that you either buy or download The Extra 2 % today.

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SELL SKILL SETS, SELL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

How would you like to be Frank McCourt today? The owner of the LA Dodgers has a shit load of money problems due to his nasty divorce and he is trying hard to hold on to his share of the team.  FOX has offered to loan him $200 mil to help keep that Dodgers going until his divorce is final and a judge rules who owns the team Frank or his soon to be ex -wife Jamie but Bud Selig put the kibosh on the deal.

Now today we learn that the Skill Sets were fronted between $20-$25 million bucks to pay the bills at Citi Field from Bud Selig. Hummmmmm if I were say David Glass of the KC Royals, Bob Nutting of the Pirates or Mets fan/Tampa Bay Rays owner Stu Sternberg, I’d be pretty pissed off knowing I’m part of the funding of a team in the largest market of the country. But then again, Freddy and Uncle Saul are Bud’s BFF’s, so Selig has put aside his job as Commissioner and has turned a blind eye to the “best interest of baseball” commandment that gets played in time of crisis, and right now Mets fans the Skill Sets are on the brink of crisis.

Freddy and Jeffey were chirping on the opening of camp about being victims and being duped and proclaiming vindication when the dust settles on the Madoff trustee lawsuit, but they forgot one other important item, they will have to sell the team when it’s all said and done.

You have to believe that the Skill Sets will not be the owners of the New York Mets by this time next year, or even sooner. With all the stories that come out ever few days on the financial status of the team especially today’s revelation of money floated to pay the Mets bills, I cast my vote of No Confidence in the Skill Sets to running this team. If this were any other owner, Selig would have had him in a headlock screaming “SELL GOD DAMN IT SELL” but because it’s Freddy and Uncle Saul he will do by any means necessary to help them keep ownership of this team. Best interest of baseball, my ass.

This story would have been bad enough, but when you add the bluster by Freddy and Jeffy in their St Lonesome presser’s, it’s an absolute insult to you and me. I’d love to grab Freddy, Jeffy and Uncle Saul by the collective scruff of their necks and scream at them to be truthful with us.

They want our money, they want our support and we are willing to give it to them and all we ask is to be truthful and stop taking us for assholes. We didn’t sink our fortune with a thieving scumbag, like you did.

Freddy always sings the siren song of loving the Mets and wants the team to stay in his family for generations, well here is a smack in the face of reality for you Freddy, that ship has sailed, when you got fucked over by your “pal” Bernie Madoff and he’s the one you will cost you of your dream.

SELL THE TEAM SKILL SETS, SELL THE TEAM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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SO THE SKILL SETS DO HAVE MONEY PROBLEMS………….

The company line out of Freddy, Jeffey and Uncle Saul has been, this situation with the Madoff swiddle DOES NOT EFFECT THE OPERATION OF THE NY METS, well that seems to be an untruth or as a we say in Brooklyn a bunch of bullshit.

The Skill Sets announced today that they are looking to add a “strategic partner” a/k/a deep pocket investor, to take a minority share of the ball club. The reason they need to raise cash fast (I guess Cash 4 Gold couldn’t cut it for the Skill Sets) and the only asset they have that would bring them the coin they need is the Mets. So much for the bullshit that was thrown at Mets fans that the New York Mets baseball team will not be effected by the Madoff heist.

Not only is Sterling Equities the subject of lawsuits but the Wilpons are now talking abour personal law suits that will be brought against them. Who knows what will come out in these court cases about what the Wilpon’s knew and when they knew it?

In my uneduated opinion, this looks to be the start of the Fall of the Skill Sets Empire. I’m sure as soon as this news broke, Jim Dolan got on the horn to make his offer.  I don’t know the what the details of the Mets/Wilpon ownership share is with SNY but Dolan would love to his hooks on SNY and fold it into MSG network and have the Mets as his much needed summer programing.

The Skill Sets will have no shortage of suitors to get on board but it could come with a price more than money. I’m sure there will be a right of first refusal clause in any deal and I’m sure there will be a sign off on any contracts or deals that the next investor would want. So whoever becomes the new Skill Sets partner has them by the balls. Who knows how much it will cost in legal fees and payouts to settle this Madoff mess?  This could be the first step in having new ownership for the NY Mets.

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