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McCarver thinks Wilpons should sell Mets

Baseball announcer Tim McCarver called the Mets' financial

Baseball announcer Tim McCarver called the Mets' financial situation "deplorable." Credit: AP

Tim McCarver believes it is time for a change atop the Mets organization. "I personally feel that the Wilpons have to sell the ballclub," he said Tuesday.

The Fox analyst also called the team's precarious financial situation "agonizing" and "deplorable" and added, "I would not want to be a player on that team right now, not because they're not talented enough, but because all of the questions surrounding that team this year will be about the off-the-field problems."

McCarver, a Mets announcer from 1983 until he was dismissed by the team in 1998, was speaking on a conference call to preview the season when he was asked by Newsday about the Wilpons and the financial pressure they are under.

Based on what he has read, he said, he assumes selling a minority position without ceding control will not be enough. "I can't see any other way for them to go but to sell the ballclub," he said.

McCarver added SNY's Gary Cohen, Keith Hernandez and Ron Darling will find it "very difficult to broadcast under these circumstances" because of the delicate nature of the ongoing story.

"It's very, very difficult for everybody in that organization," he said, "and, I might add, for everyone in baseball."

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