The New York Mets are all over the Madoff client list document released last night. But the only New York Mets player on the list is Tim Teufel, who is linked to four accounts on the list.
What are the odds of that?
Think about all the relationships that owner Fred Wilpon — whose name appears on the Madoff list 23 times — has had with his players since he bought half of the Mets in 1986. Is it possible that he was closest with Teufel and as a favor let him in on the action with Madoff?
What stands out is the fact that Teufel played for the Mets for a good period of time -- from 1986 to 1991. What doesn't stand out are his numbers. He was a lifetime .254 hitter and never played in more than 100 games in any season with the Mets.
He was a professional athlete, but he didn't exactly have the big time money Madoff might have been looking for. According to Baseball Reference, Teufel made $4.41 million throughout his nine-year Major League career.
Teufel was hired this week as the manager of the St. Lucie Mets, the team's Single-A team.
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