|Saturday, October 26
Updated: October 27, 9:34 AM ET
MLB: Mets could have prevented rumors, reports
ESPN.com news services
Apparently, some teams aren't staying as stagnant as Bud Selig would like during the World Series.
Citing an unnamed baseball executive close to the situation, Newsday reported Saturday that baseball's commissioner is mad about how the Mets handled their managerial search and is expected to fine the team $50,000 for the distraction during the Fall Classic.
According to the report, MLB officials are holding the Mets responsible for "leaks" they think came from Alan Nero, the agent for both Lou Piniella and Art Howe. The rumors were daily fodder for the tabloids in New York during the World Series.
Baseball believes the Mets could have kept Nero from releasing information to the media, according to the source. Selig also is believed to be considering taking action against the Mariners and Tampa Bay Devil Rays, but the report said he is most upset with the Mets.
As a result of these recent events, the report also stated that the commissioner's office might consider a "new moratorium" on talks or contact of any kind during the World Series.