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Bud Selig continues to support the Wilpons

Major League Baseball commissioner Bud Selig speaks during

Major League Baseball commissioner Bud Selig speaks during a press conference before a game between the Mets and the Miami Marlins at Citi Field on Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014. Credit: Jim McIsaac

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Bud Selig's days as baseball commissioner may be winding down, but his support for the Mets and their owners has not wavered.

At the owners' meetings Thursday, Selig praised the Mets for the progress they've made toward becoming a contender under Sandy Alderson.

"I understand rebuilding doesn't always work, but if you've got the right people and you take independent people and you assess what they've done, I have to believe that,'' Selig said. "So I'm encouraged and happy.''

The Mets' payroll has yet to bounce back since the Bernie Madoff financial scandal ensnared the controlling Wilpon family. After spending more than $140 million for players' salaries in 2011, the Mets are expected to remain beneath the $100-million mark for the fourth straight season. Yet by building up the farm system under Alderson, the Mets have moved closer to playoff contention.

"Everybody I've talked to -- and there are some people I use who analyze everybody's farm system for me and people I respect greatly -- have told me that the Mets are really, really coming along,'' Selig said. "And I have great faith in Sandy, I know Sandy really well. So you bet. That's an overt sign. That's a manifestation of what they're doing. I am encouraged.''

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