Stephen Cohen, owner of the New York Mets, who has drawn public attention for his aggressive investments after taking over the club, took a sharp edge against those who were stinging at him.
In an exclusive interview with ‘ESPN’ reported on the 6th, Cohen admitted that other owners, especially small market owners, were not happy with his appearance, saying, “I also listen to what other people hear.”
After acquiring the Mets for $2.4 billion two years ago, Cohen made aggressive investments and quickly made the Mets the league’s highest-paid team. This offseason also saw large contracts with Edwin Diaz (5 years, $102 million), Justin Verlander (2 years, $86 million), Brandon Nemo (8 years, $162 million), and Senga Kodai (5 years, $75 million). agreed on
According to a report by the AP, the Mets broke the annual salary record of $297.9 million set by the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2015 with $299.8 million in the 2022 season based on the wealth tax levy method calculated as the annual average amount, and the wealth tax of $30.8 million. are going to pay
Fans are cheering for the appearance of a new owner who makes aggressive investments, but the existing owners are not looking at it with a negative eye. They added a fourth wealth tax ceiling in the last labor-management agreement. This limit, aimed at cohen, is called the so-called ‘cohen tax’.
“They say the owners are feeling a lot of anger from their fans,” Cohen said. Then I want to answer, ‘You shouldn’t be looking at me’. They blame me for what they are being criticized for, so we should look back at ourselves first,” he said.
“I am not responsible for the way other teams operate. It’s none of my business. And there is a gap in baseball. It’s a fact everyone knows. I’m following the rules Owners made rules, and I just follow them,” he reiterated his thoughts on the complaints of other owners. 스포츠토토
“We are in New York, and I am a competitive person. If you own a team, you need to commit to putting a good team on the field. I think I’ve done that. I’m not sure how much it takes to put a good team on the field. But I’m in a decent earning position. I am in a position to do this (investment),” he said, raising his voice.
Cohen is being compared to George Steinbrenner, the owner of the New York Yankees, who made the New York Yankees a popular team in the world beyond the United States.
Describing Steinbrenner as “a person who was passionate about baseball and breathed life into the baseball world,” he said, “He made baseball fun in his own way. I’ll do it my way I am not sure if I will make baseball interesting.”