October 2010

K-Rod, Mets settle grievance

Francisco Rodriguez settled his grievance with the Mets today, announcing that he will not fight the team’s decision to withhold roughly $3.1 million of his 2010 salary. In exchange, the Mets will no longer seek to convert the remainder of his contract into an non-guaranteed deal. Here are the statements from both sides:

Rodriguez: “As I have expressed in the past, I deeply
regret the incident that occurred on August 11, 2010.  I sincerely
apologize to Fred Wilpon, Jeff Wilpon and Saul Katz, Mets’ fans, my teammates,
and the entire Mets’ organization. I have worked hard since the incident
to make myself a better person and member of this organization.  
I have been participating in an anger management program since August,
and I will continue in the program for the foreseeable future.  I
feel that anger management counseling is undoubtedly making me a better
person and a better father, and will make me a better teammate and member
of this great organization.

“I am responsible for my injury that occurred
as a result of this incident, and prevented me from finishing the season
with the Mets. As a result, I have instructed the Major League Baseball
Players Association not to pursue the issue raised in the grievance regarding
payment of my salary during the time that I was injured.  Personally,
in this situation, I do not feel that it is right for me to take a salary
for the period of time in which I could not contribute as a player as a
result of my off-field actions.  In addition, I am directing each
of my $100,000 annual charitable contributions to New York metropolitan
area charities that further the purposes of the New York Mets Foundation.

“I appreciate the faith and support that
this organization has shown me throughout this matter.  I look forward
to being a part of the 2011 Mets and hopefully beyond.  I want to
put these issues behind me, and behind this organization and its fans.
 I have instructed my attorneys to work toward amicably resolving
the other legal matters resulting from this incident.  I want my focus
to be on my family, my team and being the best closer in baseball in 2011.”

Jeff Wilpon: “We are pleased that Frankie Rodriguez has accepted responsibility for his actions and their consequences.  We have been assured that he is taking steps to address the issues that led to the incident, and that those efforts will continue.  We have also been assured that he will work hard both on and off the field to regain the trust of the organization, Mets fans and the community.”

—–Follow along on Twitter @AnthonyDiComo.

Todd Zeile goes Hollywood

Seems former Mets infielder Todd Zeile has been busy in his post-playing days. This from Zeile’s camp:

Todd Zeile is busier now than he was during his 15-year major league playing career which ended with the Mets in 2004. He is on the Board of Directors of the National Juvenile Diabetes Association, co-owns a private Jet center and has just co-produced his second movie, “I AM”. The movie, which deals with 10 strangers who gather in Los Angeles and unknowingly ignore the Ten Commandments, will be released on DVD on November 2nd. Zeile is also one of the stars of the movie as is his oldest son, Garrett.

This month “I AM” was distributed free of charge to over 2000 churches in the United States. Zeile’s first movie “Dirty Deeds” premiered in 2005. “I had more time to myself when I was a player,” kidded Todd, who was a key member of New York’s 2000 National League pennant-winning team. “I love the movie business. I think the public will find “I AM” an interesting new look at the Ten Commandments some 3500 years later.”

—–Follow along on Twitter @AnthonyDiComo.

Source: Marlins execs out of play

The Marlins are expected to deny the Mets permission to interview president of baseball operations Larry Beinfest, general manager Michael Hill and assistant general manager Dan Jennings for their own GM vacancy, according to a source.

Jennings in particular had been at the center of rumors in recent days, but a source told MLB.com that the Marlins will not allow the Mets to interview him. Jennings, Hill and Beinfest are all under contract through 2015.

The Mets are currently in the process of formally asking permission to interview GM candidates. Once they are granted permission to meet with a candidate, both sides can negotiate a seven-day window for an interview and send the form to the commissioner’s office, after which point the interview can take place.

—–Follow along on Twitter @AnthonyDiComo.