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Fred Wilpon, Bud Selig and Ike Davis
Greetings from the belly of the beast - Major League Baseball headquarters. The owners met for a second day today and then dispersed, and while my Newsday teammate Jim Baumbach tracked down Fred Wilpon and Hal Steinbrenner, I attended Bud Selig's news conference.
The story should be up soon on our website, but there was nothing earth-shattering. Both Wilpon and Selig expressed confidence that the Mets' mess would be cleaned up sooner than later with the addition of a minority buyer.
There's still widespread skepticism that even the emergence of such a buyer would cure all that ails the Wilpons and Saul Katz. But it would help them tread water for a little longer, at the least.
In the MLB offices, there continues to be far more concern about the Dodgers than the Mets, and at the news conference, Selig received many more questions about the Dodgers than the Mets. It's understandable; the Dodgers' situation might reach a tipping point by the end of the month, if Frank McCourt (as suspected) can't pay his players.
--Ike Davis went on the disabled list, as feared, and the Mets recalled old pal Fernando Martinez to take Davis' place on the roster. It's a big blow to the Mets, obviously, who will move second baseman Daniel Murphy to first and give Justin Turner the bulk of the starts at second.
If you want to be a glass-half-full sort of person, though, you can reflect on how good Davis had looked prior to this injury. He really seems like a building block for the team.
--Have a great day.