Latest on negotiations for 2020 MLB season: Universal DH reportedly expected to be easily approved

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With owners giving approval on May 11 to Major League Baseball’s proposal to begin the 2020 season amid the coronavirus pandemic, negotiations are now ongoing between the league and Players Association.

The goal is to begin a second spring training of sorts around June 10 and for Opening Day to be around July 1, meaning the league and players have a finite amount of time to reach an agreement.

Here’s the latest…


May 13, 11:19 AM:

The league’s proposal to implement a universal designated hitter for the 2020 season is expected to be “easily approved” by the players, reports Jon Heyman.

One of the teams that could benefit the most from the potential use of the DH? The Mets, with Yoenis Cespedes, J.D. Davis, Robinson Cano, and Dominic Smith among those who could be beneficiaries of the extra hitter in the lineup.

When it comes to Cespedes, who has missed the majority of the last two seasons due to lower-body injuries, he could be the Met best-suited to DH.

May 13, 9:31 AM:

With the league and Players Association speaking Tuesday about the restart proposal (with the league not yet formally proposing its economic idea), the league will soon be sharing an 80-page document with the union “outlining potential health and safety protocols,” reports Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic

According to Rosenthal, the document will cover topics including testing protocols and what could happen if a player or other essential employee tests positive for coronavirus.

SNY’s Andy Martino reported earlier this week that the sport would not necessarily need to shut down if a player tested positive.

May 12, 8:57 AM:

The “sentiment of several of the game’s most prominent agents” is that a softer tone should be used during the negotiations — not a tone similar to ones used by prominent player agent Scott Boras and MLBPA chief Tony Clark.

“He does not speak for all of us,” one prominent agent told SNY’s Andy Martino regarding Boras’ aggressive public stance.

May 11, 8:26 PM

Scott Boras has called for the players to reject the league’s initial proposal.

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“The players I represent are unified in that they reached an agreement and they sacrificed anywhere from 30 to 40 percent of their salaries so that the games could amicably continue,” Boras told Sports Illustrated’s Stephanie Apstein. “The owners represented during that negotiation that they could operate without fans in the ballpark. Based on that, we reached an agreement and there will not be a renegotiation of that agreement.”

May 11, 3:50 PM

When it comes to what would happen if a player tests positive for coronavirus after the season resumes, a league executive told SNY’s Andy Martino that the sport would not necessarily need to shut down.

The scenario laid out by the executive:

The player who tests positive would be isolated, with the entire team receiving immediate coronavirus tests. At that point, any players found to have the virus would also be isolated and replaced by a member of the team’s large taxi squad (which could consist of roughly 20 players). Players who do not test positive would continue to play.

May 11, 2:21 PM

With the proposal agreed to by the owners, the next step — as SNY’s Andy Martino reported earlier Monday — will be that proposal being brought to the MLB Players Association on Tuesday.

During the call between the league and the players on Tuesday, it is expected that the players will be asked to take additional pay cuts beyond the already agreed-upon cuts that they took in March.

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The Mets have the No. 19 overall pick in the first round of the 2020 MLB Draft, expected to take place in a virtual format on June 10.

Since taking Matt Harvey in the first round of the 2010 draft, the Mets have selected a pitcher with their first round selection just twice in the last nine drafts — Justin Dunn in 2016 and David Peterson in 2017.

New York also added two high-end arms during the 2019 draft when it nabbed Josh Wolf in the second round and took advantage in the third round, selecting Matthew Allan after he dropped out of the first round due to signability concerns.


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Feb 28, 2020; Port St. Lucie, Florida, USA; New York Mets second baseman Robinson Cano (24) warms-up before the game against the St. Louis Cardinals at Clover Park. Mandatory Credit: Jim Rassol-USA TODAY Sports
		
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Feb 28, 2020; Port St. Lucie, Florida, USA; New York Mets second baseman Robinson Cano (24) warms-up before the game against the St. Louis Cardinals at Clover Park. Mandatory Credit: Jim Rassol-USA TODAY Sports

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Mets second baseman Robinson Cano has been in his native Dominican Republic during the coronavirus pandemic, staying ready for what he hopes will be the resumption of the 2020 season.

“I’m just hoping every morning that I just wake up, that I might get a text from Luis Rojas or Brodie (Van Wagenen) that says, ‘okay, this is the day that we’re gonna show up in Florida or New York to go back to spring training,'” Cano said Tuesday during a conversation that was shared by the Mets.

The league and players are now engaged in dialogue regarding the proposal for what would be a shortened (potentially 82-game) season, and Cano and his teammates have been preparing and staying in shape.


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See how the Mets fared against the Diamondbacks in Game 42 of the virtual season on MLB The Show 20.


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Forty years of mistrust. That’s how one high-powered agent put it on Monday night when describing the dynamic between Major League Baseball and the Players Association.

But that agent went on to make the point that this time can and should be an exception. The sides have never negotiated during a pandemic, or against the backdrop of tens of thousands of American deaths.


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MLB The Show 20

See how the Mets fared against the Diamondbacks in Game 41 of the virtual season on MLB The Show 20.


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Apr 3, 2018; Anaheim, CA, USA; Sports agent Scott Boras watches batting practice during a MLB baseball game between the Los Angeles Angels and the Cleveland Indians at Angel Stadium of Anaheim. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports (Kirby Lee)
Apr 3, 2018; Anaheim, CA, USA; Sports agent Scott Boras watches batting practice during a MLB baseball game between the Los Angeles Angels and the Cleveland Indians at Angel Stadium of Anaheim. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports (Kirby Lee)

It’s simple for baseball’s most prominent agent Scott Boras: the owners and players reached an agreement back in March that said salaries would be reduced and the teams would be able to function without fans being in the stands. 

But the proposal that was agreed upon on Monday between MLB and the owners will have the latter telling players they will not be getting their salaries, but instead a 50-50 revenue split for about an 80-game season. 

Boras says his clients are strongly against it, and he will be telling the MLBPA not to let the proposal go through. 


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Apr 24, 2018; St. Louis, MO, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Matt Harvey (33) walks off the field after the final out of the fifth inning against the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports (Jeff Curry)
Apr 24, 2018; St. Louis, MO, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Matt Harvey (33) walks off the field after the final out of the fifth inning against the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports (Jeff Curry)

Former Mets ace Matt Harvey, who was back on the mound last Thursday as he continued to stay in game shape with the MLB season paused due to the coronavirus pandemic, recently opened up on what could be next for him.

The 31-year-old free agent, who tried out with the Blue Jays during the offseason, is hoping to find a landing spot.

“I hope somebody gives me a shot,” Harvey told Dan Martin of the New York Post. “I feel like I have many more years in me.”


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No matter the conversation, day of the week or anything else for that matter, the 1986 Mets can be brought up at any time by fans. But why is that still the case 34 years later? 

That’s the latest topic of discussion for the Baseball Night in New York: Living Room Edition  crew, as Andy Martino, Steve Gelbs, Anthony Recker and Doug Williams break it all down…


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MLB (Treated Image by SNY)

With MLB owners giving approval Monday to a proposal for the resumption of the 2020 season that will be brought to the players on Tuesday, there are a number of huge questions that remain as the league attempts to start up again amid the coronavirus pandemic.

More important than any other question is how the league will protect the health of its players and any other employee essential to the season.

When it comes to what would happen if a player tests positive for coronavirus after the season resumes, a league executive told SNY’s Andy Martino that the sport would not necessarily need to shut down.


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Earlier on Monday, we wrote about the likely steps that MLB and the Players’ Association will take in the coming days, weeks and months to attempt a return.

The most dramatic element of the process evolved over the past two weeks, when the league turned away from the type of semi-quarantine situation that Dr. Anthony Fauci and other health officials tentatively approved (the “Arizona plan”), and toward the goal of playing in home ballparks.

As expected, the league is now asking the union to consider a proposal for regional travel in an approximately 80-game schedule.


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With the league and owners scheduled to speak on Monday regarding the proposal for the shortened 2020 MLB season and that proposal expected to be taken to the players on Tuesday, we could soon get some clarity on how and when MLB will resume amid the coronavirus pandemic.

While there are still roadblocks and there could be some discord between the league and players between now and the resumption of spring training, the proposal to be discussed this week calls for the regular season to start around July 1.

The shortened season is expected to look very different, with it being roughly 80 games long, teams playing without fans in attendance, expanded playoffs, expanded rosters, and more wrinkles. One of those other wrinkles — a rather large one — is a universal DH, which multiple reports indicate will likely be implemented.


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Mar 26, 2020; New York City, New York, USA; A general view of Citi Field. The season opener between the Washington Nationals and the New York Mets has been postponed due the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)
Mar 26, 2020; New York City, New York, USA; A general view of Citi Field. The season opener between the Washington Nationals and the New York Mets has been postponed due the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)

During a call Monday between Major League Baseball and team owners, the league’s proposal for the resumption of the 2020 season amid the coronavirus pandemic was approved, according to multiple reports.

The next step, as SNY’s Andy Martino reported earlier Monday, will be that proposal being brought to the MLB Players Association on Tuesday.

During the call between the league and the players on Tuesday, it is expected that the players will be asked to take additional pay cuts beyond the already agreed-upon cuts that they took in March.


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On this episode of The Cookie Club Crumbs presented by Insomnia Cookies, J.D. Davis and Dom Smith reveal which of their Mets teammates they’d most like and least like to be with in quarantine.


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Among the many players the Mets took in last year’s MLB Draft were promising pitchers Matthew Allan and Josh Wolf.

Allan is arguably the best pitching prospect in the Mets’ system and Wolf has plenty of upside himself. Along with David Peterson, they could potentially combine to become the next wave of starting pitchers in the Mets’ rotations of the future.


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Very little in life is certain, especially these days. But after months of speaking to people involved in Major League Baseball’s efforts to return, we feel we can predict a series of events.

Ready? Here’s how it will all play out:


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In the study that had 5,603 MLB employees tested for COVID-19 antibodies, Stanford Dr. Jay Bhattacharya found that 60 cases were positive. And though that is a 0.7 percent positive rate, the two New York teams in the Mets and Yankees were among the highest positive cases.

According to The Athletic, it was the Angels employees who had the highest rate in this test that is the largest of its kind to date. However, the Mets and Yankees followed, though Bhattacharya said the rates recorded were lower than counties in which they play. 

“I was expecting a larger number of people to test positive,” he said. “These numbers indicate these numbers haven’t spread very far. But at the same time, we have had a zero percent mortality rate.”


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There are still many potential roadblocks ahead and an air of uncertainty about the 2020 MLB season due to the coronavirus pandemic, but the blueprint for what it could look like has reportedly come together.

According to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic, the league will have a call with the owners on Monday. And if the proposal the league has outlined for the 2020 season gets approval from the owners, it will be presented to the players on Tuesday.

The bullets:


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MLB The Show

It’s Mother’s Day in the virtual Mets season, and they are taking on the Cardinals in Game 40 with pink bats and all. See how they fared on MLB The Show 20


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On this Mother’s Day, Dom Smith and J.D. Davis want to wish everyone a Happy Mother’s Day, and explain what makes their moms so special.

“I’m thankful for my mother because she taught me to fight and persevere, to (overcome) a ton of obstacles, and I feel like she shaped me into the man I am today,” Smith said.

Davis added about his mom: “You have the biggest heart and I can’t imagine life with you.”


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Happy Mother’s Day to my mom, Luciana Mikina Aikala Darling.  

My childhood was unique in many ways and my mom played an integral part in my athletic development. She was an amazing athlete and her favorite sports were volleyball and softball. Raised in Hawaii before Title IX, my mom really started playing organized sports when the family moved to Massachusetts. She was a cornerstone third baseman with a championship softball team where she always seemed to go 4-for-4 and had a shotgun for an arm. In fact for most of my childhood you could always have a “proper catch” and throw as hard as you wanted.  

I know it was tough for her moving from Hawaii to New England and taking care of four boys but she did it with aplomb. I am now self-quarantined with her in Florida and because of some health issues she is in harm’s way during this pandemic. The silver lining is that many people my age never get to know their parents as they get older but this time has been priceless. 


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Major League Baseball has been paused since mid-March due to the coronavirus pandemic, and while nothing is official yet, it sounds like the league is making plans for a best-case scenario in which spring training would resume in June and the regular season would begin in July. 

According to a report from Joel Sherman of the New York Post, the league is planning to present a proposal to the Players Association as early as this week regarding what it would look like if spring training were to resume in June. 

SNY’s Andy Martino reported last week that MLB and the players could come to an agreement before the end of May regarding what the plan to restart looks like, and Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reported Wednesday that the league remains “confident” there will be a season in 2020.


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Sep 9, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso (20) hits a home run during the first inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports (Gregory Fisher)
Sep 9, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso (20) hits a home run during the first inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports (Gregory Fisher)

Saturday would have marked the Mets’ 39th game of the regular season, an afternoon affair in St. Louis against the Cardinals.

But due to the coronavirus pandemic, no MLB team has played a regular season game to this point, leaving fans eagerly awaiting any news about when the 2020 season could potentially start.

But fans aren’t the only ones wishing to see baseball return to action. Players are in the same boat. 


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See how the Mets fared against the Cardinals in St. Louis in Game 39 of the virtual season on MLB The Show 20


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Feb 16, 2020; Port St. Lucie, Florida, USA; New York Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard warms-up during a workout at spring training. Mandatory Credit: Jim Rassol-USA TODAY Sports (Jim Rassol)
Feb 16, 2020; Port St. Lucie, Florida, USA; New York Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard warms-up during a workout at spring training. Mandatory Credit: Jim Rassol-USA TODAY Sports (Jim Rassol)

Noah Syndergaard has plenty of incentive to get healthy and back on the mound as quickly as possible, and the rehabbing Mets right-hander views it as a “competition.”

Syndergaard, who underwent Tommy John surgery at the end of March, spoke to youth baseball players on a Zoom chat about his recovery and what he’s been up to at home in Florida during the coronavirus pandemic, according to Mike Puma of the New York Post.

“I think this is the best time to [rehab] considering there is no baseball right now, but I fully intend to be ready for next Opening Day, but doing it in a smart way,” Syndergaard said, according to the Post. “The rehab is 12-15 months and I see that as a competition.”


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See how the Mets fared against the Cardinals in St. Louis in Game 38 of the virtual season on MLB The Show 20


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MLB commissioner Rob Manfred at MLB's 2016 first-year player in draft (Credit: Associated Press)
MLB commissioner Rob Manfred at MLB’s 2016 first-year player in draft (Credit: Associated Press)

The 2020 MLB amateur draft will still be held in June, but it will be just five rounds, according to multiple reports, the shortest in pro baseball history.

As outlined by Ken Rosenthal and Evan Drellich of The Athletic, five rounds was the shortest possible draft allowed under the March agreement the league and players came to regarding a shortened MLB season.

And while there previously had been a thought that the draft would be at least 10 rounds, it will now be just five, with teams then being able to sign an unlimited number of undrafted players for a maximum bonus of $20,000.


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I’ve had all week to look over my movie choices from last week, and there are so many great films that I missed.  

Since we are all hunkered down in our homes, I’ve decided to mention some more movies that I love for your viewing delight. 


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R.A. Dickey had one of the more remarkable seasons in baseball history in 2012, winning the Cy Young Award after reinventing himself as a knuckleballer earlier in his career. Johan Santana, on the other hand, delivered an unforgettable moment that same season, pitching the first no-hitter in franchise history.

But which feat was more surprising?

On Friday’s Baseball Night in New York: Living Room Edition, the crew answers that question.

Catch the full episode on SNY at 7 p.m.


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Jul 18, 2019; Anaheim, CA, USA; Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Matt Harvey (33) pitches against the Houston Astros in the third inning at Angel Stadium of Anaheim. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports (Jayne Kamin-Oncea)
Jul 18, 2019; Anaheim, CA, USA; Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Matt Harvey (33) pitches against the Houston Astros in the third inning at Angel Stadium of Anaheim. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports (Jayne Kamin-Oncea)

Matt Harvey, who is continuing to stay in game shape with the 2020 MLB season paused due to the coronavirus pandemic, was back on the mound on Thursday.

Harvey, throwing indoors, posted to his Instagram…


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Mets reliever Edwin Diaz, who has been preparing for the 2020 MLB season while at home in Puerto Rico, continued to get ready on Thursday, throwing to live batters.

Diaz flashed a fastball that reached 97 mph and a slider at 91 mph.

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Bartolo Colon played for 11 different teams during his 21-year MLB career, but Mets fans will always look back at his time in Flushing fondly.

In three seasons with the team, Colon pitched to a 3.90 ERA, helped the Mets reach the World Series in 2015, and was an All-Star with the Mets in 2016. But his teammates loved him for who he was in the clubhouse in addition to who he was on the mound. 

On Thursday’s Baseball Night in New York: Living Room Edition, Anthony Recker explains what it was like to be Colon’s teammate, while Steve Gelbs talks about covering a player like Colon from a media standpoint.

Catch the full episode on SNY at 7 p.m.


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Alex Rodriguez and Jennifer Lopez

After negotiations with potential investment partners “failed to materialize,” Alex Rodriguez and Jennifer Lopez are no longer interested in exploring the idea of buying the Mets, reports Thornton McEnery of the New York Post.

According to McEnery, Rodriguez and Lopez’s efforts hit a roadbloack when talks with Quogue Capital founder Wayne Rothbaum — a potential investor they were interested in having join their group — went south due in part to his desire to “exert more control” over the team than Rodriguez and Lopez were comfortable with.

Rothbaum, who bid on the Marlins three years ago before they were sold to a group including Derek Jeter, had reportedly submitted an application to Major League Baseball, saying that his preference would be to serve as an investor in the team and not the controlling partner. 


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Gary Cohen, Keith Hernandez and Ron Darling reveal the interesting musical acts they saw when they attended their first concerts.


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Mar 30, 2019; Washington, DC, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Edwin Diaz (39) throws to the Washington Nationals during the ninth inning at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)
Mar 30, 2019; Washington, DC, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Edwin Diaz (39) throws to the Washington Nationals during the ninth inning at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)

Though his strikeout numbers were still elite and he flashed unhittable stuff at times, Mets reliever Edwin Diaz had a nightmarish first season in Queens as his location betrayed him far too often as he gave up 15 home runs and posted a 5.59 ERA.

Part of what ailed Diaz in 2019 was his inability to harness his slider, but his fastball also found way too much plate. And new Mets pitching coach Jeremy Hefner is working on fixing both of those issues after diagnosing the problems.

“Edwin got in trouble with a little bit of arm-side run to his fastball and it ended up finding a few more barrels than he was used to in his career,” Hefner said Wednesday night during an appearance on Baseball Night in New York: Living Room Edition. “And so that’s all we’ve been trying to do is straighten out his fastball so he can get it to his glove side more consistently. There’s a grip adjustment in there, there’s an intent adjustment in there, and there’s also some physical, mechanical adjustments in there as well.”


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Aug 27, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso (20) runs the bases celebrating his solo home run in the fourth inning setting the Mets all time single season home run record against the Chicago Cubs at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)
Aug 27, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso (20) runs the bases celebrating his solo home run in the fourth inning setting the Mets all time single season home run record against the Chicago Cubs at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)

If the 2020 MLB season gets underway amid the coronavirus pandemic, the expectation is that it will be without fans in attendance — at least at the outset. But crowds or no crowds, Mets first baseman Pete Alonso is ready.

“Well we didn’t really have many fans in the minor leagues come to the games,” Alonso said Thursday while chatting with Tony Dokoupil on CBS This Morning. “We’ve played in front of some empty stadiums before.”

Regardless of the kind of season that could be in store if/when the league returns (MLB could reportedly present an official proposal to the players in the next few days), Alonso just wants to play.


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There are moments you can anticipate, and then there are moments that completely come out of nowhere.

That’s how SNY play-by-play announcer Gary Cohen described Bartolo Colon‘s unexpected, epic two-run homer, when the then-42-year-old took Padres pitcher James Shields deep in San Diego four years ago for the first and only time of his career. 

“From the day that Bart became a Met, he was not only a beloved figure because of his size, because of his calm, because of his precision, his ability to beat Father Time, but also because of the — let’s just say — entertainment value of his at-bats,” Cohen explained.


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When it comes to Mets fans, whose passion for and knowledge of the team is remarkable, it’s rare for players to slip through the cracks and not be revered when they should be.

But in the case of the five players below, their exploits on the field haven’t resulted in the kind of adulation that should’ve come their way.


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Mets star Jeff McNeil joined Gary Cohen, Keith Hernandez, and Ron Darling in SNY’s virtual booth earlier this week. And while he was there, his virtual counterpart blasted a home run, with McNeil reacting in real time.


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Each week on The Cookie Club presented by Insomnia Cookies, Dominic Smith, J.D. Davis and Steve Gelbs have some fun talking baseball, but now there’s something even more important at stake.

In each of the last four episodes, the crew has participated in a segment called the Fortune Cookie, where Smith and Davis are typically asked to give an over/under prediction on a chosen event.

But this week on Episode 7, things got real as the Mets’ duo decided on a punishment for the loser in the final Fortune Cookie standings, and, well, let’s just hope both players are okay with showing their legs. 


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Could Marcus Stroman actually be the one to stop Jacob deGrom from three-peating with the Cy Young Award?

That’s what Mets new pitching coach Jeremy Hefner told the Baseball Night in New York: Living Room Edition crew during Wednesday’s episode. While saying the “sky’s the limit” for Stroman, he believes he has the stuff to be crowned the best pitcher in the National League. 

“He could easily push Jake in the Cy Young Award race,” Hefner said of Stroman. “His ability to control his body — he throws a million different pitches in a million different locations and can really do some funky things from a timing standpoint to mess up the hitter. For me taking this job, I was really, really excited to get to work with him. It’s someone I’ve admired from a distance for awhile.”


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On The Cookie Club with J.D. and Dom presented by Insomnia Cookies, J.D. Davis and Dominic Smith talk about how important building team chemistry is to this current Mets group, plus a cookie taste test and much more …


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Mar 26, 2020; New York City, New York, USA; A general view of Citi Field. The season opener between the Washington Nationals and the New York Mets has been postponed due the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)
Mar 26, 2020; New York City, New York, USA; A general view of Citi Field. The season opener between the Washington Nationals and the New York Mets has been postponed due the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)

While baseball does not yet have a definitive plan in place for the resumption of the 2020 season, the hope remains that a second spring training will begin in June, with Opening Day potentially happening by early-July.

SNY’s Andy Martino reported last week that MLB and the players could come to an agreement before the end of May regarding what the plan to restart looks like, and Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reported Wednesday that the league remains “confident” there will be a season in 2020.

According to Rosenthal, the Indians recently gave their players a target date of July 1 for Opening Day in order to prepare them should it happen.


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