Pete Alonso, J.D. Davis celebrate as Mets face Indians (Adam Hunger)
Pete Alonso, J.D. Davis celebrate as Mets face Indians (Adam Hunger)

The Mets are entering the second game of a nine-game homestand against the Indians, Braves, and Cubs that could go a long way toward determining their fate when it comes to playing in October.

Here are five storylines to keep an eye on...

Will this homestand help or hurt?

At the end of the homestand, the Mets hit the road for six games against the Phillies and Nationals, both of whom are competing with New York for the NL Wild Card. This is all the more reason why it's important for the Mets to take advantage while they're home. 

The problem is that, during these nine games, every team they face is also either leading or within striking distance of a spot in the postseason. Oh, and after playing the Phillies and Nationals on the road, the Mets host the Diamondbacks and Dodgers, both of whom are also in the hunt for October.

It's a highly competitive, vital stretch. The Mets have played well this season at Citi Field regardless of the level of their competition. They have not played well on the road, especially when facing teams above .500. 

The Mets are talented and hot enough to win the majority of the games these next eight days at Citi Field. If they do, they will -- at the very least -- give themselves some margin for error during September.

Will Pete Alonso become the new Mets home run champion?

It was fun while it lasted, Todd Hundley and Carlos Beltran. But, at some point during this current nine-game homestand, in front of tens of thousands of the team's fans, rookie Pete Alonso -- who has 40 homers -- is likely going to become the franchise's new single-season home run champion. Hundley first hit 41 in 1996. Beltran hit 41 in 2006.

It's already been an amazing, powerful season for Alonso, who hit his first major league home run on April 1.

In the span of nearly five months; he's already broken the National League record for most home runs hit by a rookie before the All-Star break, he passed Darryl Strawberry for most home runs hit by a rookie in Mets history; he won the 2019 MLB Home Run Derby, and passed Cody Bellinger for most home runs ever hit by a National League rookie.

By the way, if Alonso finishes this season with 50 home runs or more, he will be roughly 20 percent of the way to becoming the franchise's all-time home run leader, a record currently held by Strawberry with 252.

Is the cavalry about to arrive?

It's quite possible that -- during the current homestand -- we could see Jeff McNeil hitting leadoff, followed in order by J.D. Davis, Pete Alonso, Michael Conforto, Wilson Ramos, Amed Rosario, Todd Frazier and Brandon Nimmo -- with Jed Lowrie and Joe Panik on the bench.



McNeil has been out since Aug. 13 with a strained hamstring. He ran the bases and took batting practice Tuesday and could play in rehab games before returning. He is eligible to be activated Aug. 24. The current homestand ends Aug. 29.

Nimmo, who had a breakout season in 2018, has been on the IL since May 21 with a bulging disk in his neck. He continued his rehab assignment Tuesday with Triple-A Syracuse.

Lowrie, who I still have never seen in a Mets uniform, began a rehab assignment Tuesday in St. Lucie. He's been in Florida more or less the entire season recovering from a variety of injuries, including to his hip and hamstring.

How will losing Robert Gsellman impact the bullpen?

Gsellman was not having the best season of his career. However, given the up-and-down nature of the team's bullpen, losing anyone at any point is a concern. Due to his partially torn lat, Gsellman will almost certainly miss the remainder of the season.

Gsellman finally started finding success this season immediately after the All Star break. Now he's gone, which means the bullpen is down one reliever at a time when late-game relief becomes more important than usual.

In his place, Paul Sewald will need to step up and pitch like he did during most of 2017. He has struggled since, mostly due to injuries and a steady diet of promotions and demotions. He was added to the roster last week. He'll most likely just pitch in middle relief, but at this point in the season -- as arms grow tired and competition heats up -- every pitch is important. He has the experience and previous success. In Gsellman's absence, it would help if he could tap into it again.

Can Steven Matz keep it going?

It was less than one month ago that Mickey Callaway would not say whether or not Steven Matz would find his way out of the bullpen. He did and since then he has a 2.81 ERA, and has struck out 38 batters in 41.2 innings while allowing just three home runs.

Whether due to a slight to change to his position on the pitching rubber, being motivated by his temporary move to the bullpen, or something else, Matz looks like a different pitcher than he did earlier in the season. He looks free and easy, he's strategically commanding his innings and being far more economical with his pitches than at any point in his career.

Matz had been a liability during most of June and early July. However, since his start on July 16, he's been more productive (1.2 WAR) than Zack Wheeler (0.9 WAR) and nearly on par with Noah Syndergaard (1.5 WAR). 

His next start is slated to be against the NL East-leading Braves. It will be the first time he has made back-to-back starts at Citi Field during his current hot streak, which includes three consecutive quality starts. 


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Mets RHP J.T. Ginn (Mississippi State Athletics)
Mets RHP J.T. Ginn (Mississippi State Athletics)

The Mets have officially signed all of their 2020 MLB Draft picks, as second-round selection J.T. Ginn has inked a contract worth $2.9 million, per MLB Pipeline's Jim Callis.

That contract is worth much more than Ginn's slot as the 52nd overall selection, as it is supposed to be $1,403,200. However, the Mets clearly love what they've seen from the Mississippi State right-hander. And that's even after he got Tommy John surgery back in March. 

Ginn could've gone back to the Bulldogs for his senior season to bring his draft stock back up. But paying past that slot value likely played a big part in him committing to his pro career with the Mets. 

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The first step in the 2020 MLB season kicking off is getting players back to their team facilities and making sure they have enough practice before the games start to matter. 

Speaking with reporters on Monday, Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen divulged on his team's plan for the start of this "Summer Camp," as the league is calling it. He said he believes all players on the team's player pool will be able to report on July 1, except for the one player he revealed that tested positive for COVID-19 on the 40-man roster

From there, the Mets will continue to "evolve" their regimen depending on how everything plays out at the onset. 

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As most major cities in the United States have been protesting police brutality and racial injustice after the deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor, many Mets players have spoken up.

Speaking Monday, Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen said he's proud of the way his players responded.

"I'm proud of them. I really am. I think that our players have soul, our players have a voice, and our players have a platform to influence people and influence thought," Van Wagenen said during a Zoom call with reporters. "When I heard and saw some of the comments that my players made publicly, I encouraged them. I wanted to make sure that they knew they had the support from the organization to use their voice -- both in terms of what it felt for them personally, but also what it meant to the impact that their words would have on others."

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Jacob deGrom is the obvious favorite to win the NL Cy Young Award this season, as he's aiming for a three-peat. But is there any other pitcher on the Mets that could actually nab the award and ruining that streak? 

DraftKings Sportsbook has their odds for Mets pitchers winning the Cy Young, and while deGrom is set at +350 -- the favorite among any NL pitcher -- others like Marcus Stroman (+6600), Steven Matz (+12500), Edwin Diaz (+15000), and Rick Porcello (+15000) are also long shots. 

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Jul 20, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Mets designated hitter Yoenis Cespedes (52) hits a single against the New York Yankees during the sixth inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Jul 20, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Mets designated hitter Yoenis Cespedes (52) hits a single against the New York Yankees during the sixth inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

The expectation has been that Yoenis Cespedes will be ready to be the Mets' DH for Opening Day on July 23 or 24. And GM Brodie Van Wagenen said on Monday that he's "optimistic."

"Cespedes has been working hard. We believe that he should be closer to being game-ready than when we saw him last in March," Van Wagenen said during a Zoom call with reporters where he spoke for nearly 45 minutes while discussing a host of topics related to the return of the Mets and baseball.

Asked whether Cespedes would be ready to be the DH on Opening Day, Van Wagenen was measured but confident.

Tags: Dominic Smith, JD Davis, Michael Conforto, Robinson Cano, Yoenis Cespedes, Danny Abriano
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Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen revealed during his first press conference ahead of the 2020 MLB season that one of his players on the 40-man roster tested positive for the coronavirus since spring training broke back in March.

It is unknown who that player is at the moment, but Van Wagenen said he is still recovering at the moment. With outbreaks still continuing across the country, Van Wagenen said "we've been incredibly fortunate" that it is only one player that has tested positive due to players being scattered throughout the states. 

"I don't want to get into the specifics of it but he's tested positive, he is recovering and we feel like he's in a good position (of being ready for the season)," Van Wagenen told reporters on Monday. "We'll wait and see once we get everybody here in camp."

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With only 60 games on the 2020 MLB season schedule, is it possible for a player to end it with an average over .400?

This coveted stat is so rarely reached that even with such a shortened schedule, the Baseball Night in New York: Living Room Edition crew doesn't think anyone will get it. However, if they had to choose, what player would be able to accomplish that goal? 

Could it be the Mets' best contact hitter in Jeff McNeil? Or maybe the Yankees will see another hot bat from DJ LeMahieu this season? Either way, the BNNY team knows it's going to be a tough feat...

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Sep 10, 2019; San Francisco, CA, USA; Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Melky Cabrera (53) bats against the San Francisco Giants at Oracle Park. Mandatory Credit: Cody Glenn-USA TODAY Sports (Cody Glenn)
Sep 10, 2019; San Francisco, CA, USA; Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Melky Cabrera (53) bats against the San Francisco Giants at Oracle Park. Mandatory Credit: Cody Glenn-USA TODAY Sports (Cody Glenn)

The Mets' initial 60-man player pool was released Sunday night and included only 45 players. Since then, the team has added five more players to its 60-man pool.

Right-handed reliever Hunter Strickland, who was released by the Washington Nationals in March after struggling in spring training, was the only "new" player added.

Strickland, 31, had a 3.00 ERA and 1.21 WHIP during a strong four-year run from 2015 to 2018 with the San Francisco Giants, but had a 5.55 ERA in 2019 in just 24.1 innings split between the Seattle Mariners and Nationals.

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Mar 5, 2020; Jupiter, Florida, USA; New York Mets pitcher David Peterson takes the mound in the fifth inning against the St. Louis Cardinals at Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jim Rassol-USA TODAY Sports (Jim Rassol)
Mar 5, 2020; Jupiter, Florida, USA; New York Mets pitcher David Peterson takes the mound in the fifth inning against the St. Louis Cardinals at Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jim Rassol-USA TODAY Sports (Jim Rassol)

Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter |

The Mets' initial 60-man player pool for the 2020 MLB season contained only 45 players (they have since added four more), giving them wiggle room to add more players soon and/or or down the road.

Per MLB rules, players on the existing 40-man roster do not need to be included in the 60-man player pool (and the Mets left some off), and pool players don't need to be added to the 40-man roster unless they are added to the active roster during the season.

If a player is added to and then removed from the 60-man player pool (for a reason other than injury, suspension, paternity leave, etc.) he cannot be added back on, with teams also running the risk of losing that player to another team.

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Sep 27, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets third baseman J.D. Davis (28) pumps his fist after hitting a home run during the fourth inning against the Atlanta Braves at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports
		
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Sep 27, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets third baseman J.D. Davis (28) pumps his fist after hitting a home run during the fourth inning against the Atlanta Braves at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

The Mets have released their summer camp roster heading into the 2020 MLB season. 

Teams were allowed to bring up to 60 players to camp, but the Mets will have 45 heading to New York for their report date of July 1. Here is the full roster breakdown (all italicized players are non-roster additions): 

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See how the Mets fared against the San Diego Padres in Game 84 of the virtual season on MLB The Show 20.

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As the clock ticked past the 5pm Tuesday deadline for players to respond to MLB's health and safety protocols, a mysterious delay took hold.

As it turns out, the delay was related to a key question that is still on the minds of players, team employees and fans: What will it take for MLB to suspend or cancel the season before the end of the World Series?

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Baseball Night in New York: Living Room Edition does a deep dive on Jeff McNeil, looking at what makes him so successful and his increased power numbers in the back half of 2019.

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See how the Mets fared against the San Diego Padres in Game 83 of the virtual season on MLB The Show 20.

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Andy Martino, SNY.tv | Twitter |

Baseball is doomed. Over the past few weeks, as negotiations between owners and players grew bitter and ended without a new agreement, it became easier every day to accept this bummer of a premise.

With MLB and the Players Association spitting fire at one another, an assumption spread through private conversations and much of the coverage: This fight was a mere prelude to the inevitable strike or lockout destined to ruin the 2022 season -- after the current collective bargaining agreement expires -- and perhaps the sport itself.

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See how the Mets fared against the San Diego Padres in Game 82 of the virtual season on MLB The Show 20.

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Dominic Smith wants to see change. 

The Mets outfielder posted a powerful statement in the days following the death of George Floyd, as protests against police brutality and racial injustice took place across the country. 

Now, Smith has gone a step further in voicing his hope for change, as he sat down for an exclusive interview with SNY's Steve Gelbs.

"It's a tough conversation to have, but, I mean, the fact that we had it, it's one step forward. I feel like we can change and I do believe in us," Smith told SNY. "I see the reaction across the world. That's why I believe in us. That's why I believe we can change and help others, and like I said, it starts with us. If we can be a good person, ourselves, I feel like we can affect so many other people across the world. That's why I believe in us and I think we can change."

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In a shortened season, anything can happen. So for the Mets, can they capture the National League pennant?

According to DraftKings Sportsbook, the Los Angeles Dodgers have the best odds to do so at +175. Behind them, the Atlanta Braves are set at +600 followed by the reigning-champion Washington Nationals at +750, and then the Mets at +900. 

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SNY's Gary Cohen, Keith Hernandez and Ron Darling answer questions from fans and discuss the 60-game 2020 MLB season during Beyond the Booth Live, hosted by Steve Gelbs on Thursdays at 4 p.m.

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Setting a new rookie home run record and securing the NL Rookie of the Year, Pete Alonso had himself the breakout season everyone expected him to put together with the Mets. 

Now what does he have in store for an encore?

It's tough to predict because of the 60-game shortened season, but the Baseball Night in New York: Living Room Edition crew decided to take a shot at it to give their opinions on how the All-Star will follow up his insane first year in the bigs...

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Mets OF Pete Crow-Armstrong
Mets OF Pete Crow-Armstrong

The Mets and 2020 first-round pick Pete Crow-Armstrong have reached a deal. 

According to MLB.com's Jonathan Mayo, Crow-Armstrong has signed a deal for the full slot value of $3,359,000.

The Mets have now signed signed five of their six 2020 MLB Draft picks. They still need to sign second-round choice J.T. Ginn, which is expected. 

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Gary Cohen, Keith Hernandez and Ron Darling are always talking about how great the 1986 World Series victory was at Shea Stadium. 

But what about their other favorite moments at the ballpark? 

Gary, Keith and Ron all share their favorite moments at Shea outside of that coveted world title...

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See how the Mets fared against the San Francisco Giants in Game 81 of the virtual season on MLB The Show 20.

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Mets OF Yoenis Cespedes
Mets OF Yoenis Cespedes

The expectation has been that Yoenis Cespedes will be ready to be the Mets' DH for Opening Day on July 23 or 24. And one Mets source is confident that will indeed be the case.

"I think there is a strong chance he is going to be ready once the 60-game season starts," a club source told Mike Puma of the New York Post. "And having his bat in the lineup, that is special."

When spring training was suspended in March, Cespedes -- who has missed much of the last two seasons due to lower-body injuries -- was facing live pitching, taking fly balls in the outfield, and close to running the bases at full speed.

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The World Series trophy (Gary A. Vasquez)
The World Series trophy (Gary A. Vasquez)

When the league and players failed to reach a deal, with MLB commissioner Rob Manfred instead implementing the 2020 season, the immediate belief was that much of what was in the potential deal would be off the table. Not so fast.

The universal DH, which was in the deal, is still happening due to it being a player safety issue. 

And the expanded playoffs, which would mean an increase from 10 to 16 teams for the 2020 season, could still happen as well.

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Yoenis Cespedes, Jeff McNeil, and Edwin Diaz
Yoenis Cespedes, Jeff McNeil, and Edwin Diaz

Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter |

With Opening Day less than a month away and spring training part two set to begin at Citi Field in the coming days, the Mets still have some big decisions to make when it comes to who will be on their roster and what their regular lineup will look like.

Here are the five biggest decisions facing Luis Rojas, Brodie Van Wagenen, and the Mets...

Can Yoenis Cespedes be the DH?

Tags: Amed Rosario, Andres Gimenez, Brandon Nimmo, Dellin Betances, Edwin Diaz, JD Davis, Jeff McNeil, Jeurys Familia, Luis Guillorme, Seth Lugo, Danny Abriano
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On The Cookie Club, take a look back at some of the best moments between J.D. Davis and Dominic Smith. from J.D.'s 'bizarre' cookie method, to Dom's adorable baby photo. Plus, revisit when guests like David Wright and Pete Alonso joined the show.

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See how the Mets fared against the San Francisco Giants in Game 80 of the virtual season on MLB The Show 20.

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For both Anthony Recker and Todd Zeile, their paths to the big leagues started behind the plate.

While Zeile would eventually change positions, the duo explains on Wednesday's episode of Baseball Night in New York: Living Room Edition  why they were drawn to a a career behind the dish. Plus, Recker speaks about the experience of catching for Jacob deGrom ...

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Sep 6, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso (20) celebrates after a walk off walk in the ninth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Sep 6, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso (20) celebrates after a walk off walk in the ninth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

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With the 2020 MLB season being 60 games and featuring a geographical schedule where the Mets will play 40 games in the incredibly tough NL East and 20 games in the AL East, they will have their work cut out for them when it comes to a potential playoff berth. 

In the projected standings, which were released Wednesday by FanGraphs/Dan Szymborski, the Mets miss out on the playoffs by an agonizingly small margin.

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Part of the new rules changes MLB is adopting in this 60-game shortened season is one pulled from Minor League Baseball. It will only be used in extra innings, when a runner is placed on second base to start each frame. 

And let's just say not everyone is on board with this new addition to the rule book. 

Here's how it will go: Once the game goes into extras, the player who made the last out in the previous frame will be placed on second. Teams have the option to go with that player, or put in a pinch runner. If that run is to score, it's considered unearned. And of course, whenever there isn't a tie after a full inning, the game is over. 

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After months of torturous negotiations between the league and players, the 2020 MLB season is finally about to get underway, with commissioner Rob Manfred having implemented it.

It will start with spring training part two (summer training, really) for three weeks before Opening Day.

Here's everything you need to know about the shortened season...

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Yoenis Cespedes, Michael Conforto, and Dominic Smith
Yoenis Cespedes, Michael Conforto, and Dominic Smith

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When the 60-game 2020 MLB season begins, active rosters will be increased from 26 players to 30 due in part to the unique set of circumstances the sport will be dealing with amid the coronavirus pandemic after a shortened second spring training.

The Mets (like the rest of the National League) will be accounting for the presence of the universal DH, and will also be able to include some players whose presence on the roster was questionable at best back in March due to injury issues.

Tags: Amed Rosario, Andres Gimenez, Brandon Nimmo, Daniel Zamora, Dellin Betances, Dominic Smith, Edwin Diaz, Jacob deGrom, JD Davis, Jeff McNeil, Jeurys Familia, Justin Wilson, Luis Guillorme, Michael Conforto, Pete Alonso, Robert Gsellman, Robinson Cano, Seth Lugo, Steven Matz, Tomas Nido, Tyler Bashlor, Walker Lockett, Wilson Ramos, Yoenis Cespedes, Danny Abriano
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With an announcement from MLB on Tuesday night, the 2020 season -- after months of acrimony between the league and players -- was officially on.

Click below to see how the back pages in NYC reacted...

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The league and Players Association were unable to reach an agreement, but we're still getting a 2020 MLB season.

Here's the latest...

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Mar 1, 2020; Port St. Lucie, Florida, USA; New York Mets outfielder Jeff McNeil (6) congratulates teammate Brandon Nimmo (9) after they both scored in the first inning against the Washington Nationals at Clover Park. Mandatory Credit: Jim Rassol-USA TODAY Sports (Jim Rassol)
Mar 1, 2020; Port St. Lucie, Florida, USA; New York Mets outfielder Jeff McNeil (6) congratulates teammate Brandon Nimmo (9) after they both scored in the first inning against the Washington Nationals at Clover Park. Mandatory Credit: Jim Rassol-USA TODAY Sports (Jim Rassol)

Now that the health and saefty protocols have been agreed upon, the 2020 MLB season is set to begin either July 23 or 24, with players reporting for spring training on July 1. 

Each team's schedule hasn't officially been set just yet, but they reportedly know how their 2020 schedule will be broken down by opponent. 

In a statement, MLB commissioner Rob Manfred said that MLB has submitted a 60-game regular-season schedule for review by the Players Association.

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See how the Mets fared against the San Francisco Giants in Game 79 of the virtual season on MLB The Show 20.

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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)

Throughout the entire MLB hiatus, Mets first baseman Pete Alonso has been very vocal about wanting to get back on the field with his teammates as soon as possible.

And now that the 2020 MLB has an expected start date around July 24-26, Alonso has voiced his opinion, using one of his favorite acronyms.

"Baseball is back baby!!!! And I only have one thing to say," Alonso wrote in a tweet, and then included a gif of himself lining up the letters "LFGM".

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Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter |

With Opening Day of the 60-game 2020 MLB season expected to be on or around July 24, the Mets and the rest of baseball will be preparing for a season like no other.

There have been shortened seasons, but none nearly this short.

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While the players rejected the 60-game framework from the league on Monday night, leading commissioner Rob Manfred to put in motion a plan to impose the 2020 MLB season, one key part of the rejected framework could still happen.

The universal DH, which had been a part of the discussions for months, could still be implemented despite the players' rejection of the overall framework, with Jon Heyman reporting that "word is owners are indeed ready to allow" the universal DH in 2020 but not 2021.

In the 60-game framework, the universal DH would have been in place in both 2020 and 2021, players would have been guaranteed $25 million in playoff money, and the playoffs would have been expanded from 10 to 16 teams for the 2020 season, among other elements.

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David and Simon Reuben (Courtesy of the Reuben Brothers)
David and Simon Reuben (Courtesy of the Reuben Brothers)

Billionaire brothers David and Simon Reuben, who have a combined net worth of roughly $14 billion, are exploring a bid for the Mets, reports Scott Soshnick of Sportico.

The Reubens -- who made their fortune in real estate -- could reportedly have interest due in part to "development possibilities" around Citi Field.

Much of the area around the ballpark, including Willets Point, has been in a state of flux for roughly a decade due to political maneuvering and red tape regarding potential development.

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Andy Martino, SNY.tv | Twitter |

After weeks upon weeks of acrimony and no new deal, Major League Baseball and the Players Association finally agree on one point, thankfully: There will be a 2020 baseball season.

One detail remains, but it is a formality: The strong industry expectation is that the sides will agree on health and safety protocols in short order. At that point, MLB will release the schedule.

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MLB The Show 20
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See how the Mets fared against the San Francisco Giants in Game 78 of the virtual season on MLB The Show 20.

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Jeff McNeil amassed 162 hits in 510 at-bats last season, good for a .318 average over 133 games. It was proof that his 63 games in 2018 was no fluke, as McNeil earned the respect as one of the best contact hitters in the game.

But can his bat produce the most hits in the NL East this season? 

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Michael Conforto has proven to be a solid Mets player, both at the plate and in the field. Yet, fans are still waiting for that big breakout year. 

Could this shortened season finally be that year? And could it be enough to put Conforto into the NL MVP race? 

The Baseball Night in New York: Living Room Edition crew explains why that may be the case this year for the smooth-swinging lefty. 

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Alex Rodriguez and Jennifer Lopez
Alex Rodriguez and Jennifer Lopez

Billionaire Mike Repole has joined Alex Rodriguez and Jennifer Lopez's potential Mets bid as a general partner, reports Darren Rovell.

It was later confirmed by Jon Heyman and the New York Post.

Repole, a 51-year-old Queens native and close friend of David Wright, has an estimated net worth of roughly $1 billion.

He is the co-founder of Glaceau, which produced VitaminWater and SmartWater and the co-founder of BodyArmor Superdrink. Repole is also the owner of Repole Stable.

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The baby blue jerseys, hats and accessories that players wear each Father's Day in MLB is always a great sight. Unfortunately, that won't happen this year due to the coronavirus outbreak postponing the season at the moment. 

There's nothing like taking your dad to the ballpark on this day, or maybe reminiscing on some of your favorite moments together on the diamond. The Mets have also given their fans some fun memories on this day as well. 

So let's take a look at some recent, memorable Father's Day games for the Mets, starting with a game down in Arizona against the Diamondbacks...

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MLB The Show 20
MLB The Show 20

See how the Mets fared against the Philadelphia Phillies in Game 76 of the virtual season on MLB The Show 20.

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From our entire SNY staff to all of the wonderful dads out there, Happy Father's Day!

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