Pete Alonso, Mickey Callaway and Jacob deGrom
Pete Alonso, Mickey Callaway and Jacob deGrom

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Rarely has a season ended with such a strong feeling about what might have been. The Mets went 46-26 in the second half, looking every bit the part of a playoff team with Seth Lugo and Justin Wilson doing the heavy lifting at the back end of the bullpen.

Yet they were realistically out of the Wild Card chase with a week to go in the season, and they weren't even close in the NL East, 11 games behind the first-place Braves and seven back of the Nationals.

It's no mystery as to what went wrong, of course, most of it during a 40-50 first half. Edwin Diaz set a major-league record by giving up 15 ninth-inning home runs, while Jeurys Familia allowed 42 walks in 60 innings -- the two of them turning the Mets' bullpen into a dumpster fire for much of the season.

Just decent relief work from the two of them and the Mets surely would have at least nailed down a Wild Card spot.

This team had other flaws, most notably a defense that various metrics showed to be among the worst in the majors (though it was better in the second half), and first-half slumps by Robinson Cano and Wilson Ramos that dragged down the offense.

Big picture, though, the 2019 season produced a better-than-expected young core of no fewer than seven players, Pete Alonso, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, J.D. Davis, Amed Rosario, Brandon Nimmo, and Dom Smith, which offers hope for 2020 and beyond.

Breaking it down individually, here are my season-ending grades for the key players, and Mickey Callaway and Brodie Van Wagenen as well.

INFIELD

- Pete Alonso: Pretty much all has been said. One of the great rookie seasons in baseball history. Grade: A+

- Amed Rosario: Defense at shortstop improved enough in the second half to end talk of a move to center field, since his impactful offense is still ascending. Grade: B+

- Todd Frazier: Streaky nature made him an easy target at times, but he put up a .910 OPS with RISP, and finished with decent numbers overall. He shouldn't be back. Grade: C+

- ROBINSON CANO: Looking back, it's reasonable to believe Cano's disastrous first-half was at least partly the result of a couple of hit-by-pitch hand injuries, something at which he hinted. The four remaining years of his contract are an albatross, but his second-half .880 OPS at least suggests he's not done, as it appeared when he was killing the Mets offensively. Still turns the double-play as well as anybody. Grade: D +



OUTFIELD

- Jeff McNeil: Two questions. Is he betting hitting .349 in the first half with modest power, or .276 in the second half with 16 home runs? And where should he play? Grade: A+

- Michael Conforto: Very good season, but hasn't reached star-level expectations. He had 33 homers in a year when 58 players hit 30-plus, and his .856 OPS ranked 48th in the Majors. Grade: B

- Brandon Nimmo: Great eye that will always produce walks, but still some question about his ceiling, after missing four months due to neck injury. Grade: C+

- Dom Smith: He was having a breakout year in a limited role before his foot injury sidelined him for two months. Alonso at first probably makes Smith a trade chip. Grade: B

- Juan Lagares: He had a brief stretch where he looked like the player the Mets once envisioned. But a disappointment overall. Grade C

- J.D. DAVIS: The find of the year for Van Wagenen, who traded three minor leaguers to get him from the Astros. Davis proved the scouts wrong when they said he had a slider-speed bat and couldn't hit high velocity fastballs. He was a studious hitter whose opposite-field approach with two strikes helped him hit .307, to go with 22 homers in only 453 plate appearances. Should be the everyday left fielder, unless Yoenis Cespedes rises from the dead next season. Grade: A +

CATCHER

- Wilson Ramos: Scorching-hot August, where he hit .434 and delivered some key hits, which eased the scrutiny on his defensive shortcomings and changed the perception of his free-agent signing. Yet, 103 of his 136 hits were singles, as he hit .288, and his lack of speed is an obvious issue. Likely back to finish out two-year deal. Grade: C +

STARTING PITCHERS

- Jacob deGrom: Back-to-back Cy Young Awards would say it all about his greatness. Grade: A+

- Zack Wheeler: Inconsistent command was still an issue, but delivered 15 starts of seven innings or more with occasional dominance. Can the Mets really afford to let him go? Grade: B

- Steven Matz: Second straight season he made 30 starts, putting to rest injury-prone reputation. He was dominant at times, but too inconsistent to be more than a No. 3-4 starter. Grade: B-

- Marcus Stroman: Made a few strong starts in September, but overall didn't live up to the hype -- some of his own making -- coming in a trade with the Blue Jays. Grade: C+

- NOAH SYNDERGAARD: Seemingly more of an enigma now than ever after posting a 4.28 ERA, way too high for his talent, leaving open the question of whether he'll ever reach ace-like potential. Even annoyed some of his faithful fans with the fuss about a personal catcher, and seemed to be in his own head much of the season worrying about external factors. Grade: C



RELIEVERS

- Seth Lugo: Breakout season as he saved the bullpen from disaster. Question is how to best use him in 2020. Grade: A

- Justin Wilson: Came on strong in the second half after missing time due to arm injuries. Looks like an important piece next season. Grade: B+

- Jeurys Familia: Not going anywhere due to two more years at $23 million, so can he be fixed? Stuff still good but his control problems have become a plague. Grade: F

- EDWIN DIAZ: What do the Mets do with him? They'd be selling low if they traded him, so they will probably be counting on his high-quality stuff and age (26 in March) to produce bounce-back year. But that's a huge risk if his struggles were more about internal pressure of pitching with high expectations on a big stage. I'd move on from him, but Van Wagenen probably feels he has too much invested in that trade. Grade: F

MANAGER

-Mickey Callaway: Can't buy into the narrative that players played hard for him to turn the season around. Sources close to players say there was plenty of second-guessing on his in-game managing, including some of the well-chronicled mistakes. And their second-half surge was more a tribute to the good vibes created by young core, with Alonso fast becoming the new David Wright. Simply put, this team needs a better manager if it's going to be a serious contender in 2020. Grade: D

GM

- Brodie Van Wagenen: In the end, the bad moves (signing Familia, Jed Lowrie, trading for Cano and Diaz) significantly outweighed the good (trading for Davis, bringing up Alonso to start the season) or at least OK moves (signing Ramos). Jury is out on the Stroman trade, depending partly on whether former Mets' pitching prospects amount to anything. And if fast-rising prospect Jarred Kelenic blossoms into a star in Seattle, the Cano/Diaz trade could haunt BVW for years to come. Grade: D+

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See how the Mets fared against the Philadelphia Phillies in Game 56 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)

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Mets first baseman Pete Alonso hit 53 homers in 2019 as he shattered the single-season rookie record and led all of the majors. While Alonso is among the favorites to hit the most homers during a shortened 2020 season that could be roughly 82 games, he is not the favorite.

Here are the players with the best odds, per BetMGM:

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In the latest edition of Beyond the Booth, Gary, Keith and Ron play "Rapid Replies," where they say the first word that comes to their mind when they hear another. 

What do think when they hear "Shea?" How about "Citi Field?" Check it out...

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SNY's Gary Cohen, Keith Hernandez and Ron Darling answer questions from fans and also look back at the Mets 2015 postseason run during Beyond the Booth Live, hosted by Steve Gelbs on Thursdays at 4 p.m.

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The Mets are among teams that have released minor leaguers on Thursday, per The Score's Robert Murray

The Brewers, Nationals and Mariners were also among known teams that have let go some of its prospects. 

Unfortunately, these cuts shouldn't come as a surprise as the coronavirus pandemic hasn't just been wreaking havoc in Major League Baseball, but in Minor League Baseball as well. 

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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)

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...

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Following a day of video conferences with other players in leadership positions in the Players Association, Washington Nationals pitcher Max Scherzer held the position that his union would not accept further pay cuts.

"After discussing the latest developments with the rest of the players there's no reason to engage with MLB in any further compensation reductions," Scherzer, a prominent voice in the union, tweeted on Wednesday night.

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Not many MLB players working out in anticipation for whenever the 2020 season gets underway has someone working alongside of them, let alone a teammate. 

Dom Smith and Marcus Stroman have been working out together since the pandemic shut down spring training, and it has given Smith a real good look at what Stroman brings to the rubber every fifth day. 

When his stuff is on, Stroman is one of the hardest pitchers to time and hit with his deceptive delivery techniques that match his array of pitches. On the latest episode of The Cookie Club with J.D. and Dom presented by Insomnia Cookies, Smith discussed what he's been doing with Stroman recently. 

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Custom handshakes between baseball players is basically an art form.

And while there won't be any handshakes if/when the 2020 season begins due to Covid-19 health and safety protocols being put in place, Dominic Smith has come up with some socially distant ways to celebrate, and it's still fun to reminisce about some of the best handshakes from last season. 

On the latest edition of The Cookie Club presented by Insomnia Cookies, Smith and J.D. Davis discussed not only just how some of these hand shakes develop over time, but also how Davis completely whiffed on sharing a handshake with Smith after one of his biggest home runs of the season. 

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When the 2020 MLB season (hopefully) begins, new health and safety protocols will be in place due to the coronavirus pandemic. It's not yet clear exactly what the protocols will be, but with high-fives and fist bumps likely to be forbidden, how will walk-off celebrations look?

The Mets made an art form out of walk-offs last season, with the player responsible for the game-winner getting his jersey ripped off. The celebrations also featured players dousing one another with water and food, and Dominic Smith using his scooter to take part while he was recovering from a foot injury.

Asked during the latest Cookie Club presented by Insomnia Cookies what celebrations could look like in 2020, Smith had some ideas in mind.

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See how the Mets fared against the Philadelphia Phillies in Game 55 of the virtual season on MLB The Show 20.

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With MLB and the Players Association deep in negotiations for the potential return of the 2020 season -- which could mean a second spring training starting around June 10 -- players are ramping up their preparation.

For J.D. Davis and Dominic Smith, that means things have gotten more intense.

"Right now what I'm doing (is) I'm getting more balls off the machine. Getting ready, swinging a little bit harder, making sure I do some more sprints, some more long distance stuff," Davis said Wednesday during The Cookie Club presented by Insomnia Cookies. "Definitely ramping it up here, definitely getting the itch. The month before it was kind of that mystery of when we're gonna start, but now it's becoming a little more clear that it's gonna start here in the next couple of weeks. I have no idea, I don't make those decisions, but I'm excited for that phone call."

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Baseball Night in New York takes a look around the NL to discuss who the best overall position player is in the entire league.

Los Angeles' Cody Bellinger edged out Milwaukee's Christian Yelich in MVP voting last year, and former AL MVP Mookie Betts has now changed leagues as well. So who is the top position player?

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On The Cookie Club presented by Insomnia Cookies, J.D. Davis and Dominic Smith reveal the secrets behind last season's handshakes and new ways to safely celebrate when baseball returns.

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Andy Martino, SNY.tv | Twitter |

The players want to play. The owners want to earn. A round of calls to sources reveals that everyone is surprisingly calm behind the scenes, and the PR/social media war is mostly kabuki.

For these reasons and more, Tuesday's dust-up did nothing to change the industry expectation that MLB will launch its season in July.

When we did our rounds of asking for reaction on the player/agent side on Tuesday and Wednesday after the owners proposed steep cuts for top earning players, we received a number of virtual shrugs.

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Jun 21, 2019; Bradenton, FL, USA; Team Howard outfielder Austin Hendrick (12) at bat during the eighth inning at IMG Academy. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Jun 21, 2019; Bradenton, FL, USA; Team Howard outfielder Austin Hendrick (12) at bat during the eighth inning at IMG Academy. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter |

In the last 10 years, the Mets have selected an outfielder with their first pick in the first round of the MLB Draft three times.

The picks of Brandon Nimmo (2011) and Michael Conforto (2014) have worked out incredibly well, and they currently make up two thirds of the Mets' expected starting outfield.

The other outfielder the Mets most recently drafted? That would be Jarred Kelenic, who was selected in 2018 and traded to the Seattle Mariners in the deal that brought Edwin Diaz and Robinson Cano to Queens. Regardless of whether Diaz and/or Cano improve in Year 2 in New York, including Kelenic in that deal was unwise. And he is now a consensus top 10 prospect in baseball who will likely be in the majors by 2021.

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After reading about Major League Baseball's proposal for a sliding scale of pay cuts that penalized the highest earners, one veteran role player had to grudgingly admire what the owners had done.

"They've just taken the biggest problem in the union, the pay class divide, and flipped it on its head," the player said. "And now they'll watch as the union tears itself apart as the highest paid fight back on this while the lowest paid say 'whoa whoa whoa, we like this!' The union will try to convince those young, naive players that it's in their interest to stand together, but it isn't."

Inside any major league clubhouse, there are wealthy players and players making the minimum salary. Last year on the Yankees, to choose a random example, Giancarlo Stanton earned approximately $25.5 million more than Ben Heller.

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See how the Mets fared against the Philadelphia Phillies in Game 54 of the virtual season on MLB The Show 20.

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Baseball Night in New York looks back on Chase Utley's dirty slide into Ruben Tejada in Game 2 of the 2015 NLDS, and Anthony Recker reveals the impact it had on the Mets.

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Bartolo Colon, who is not giving up on pitching again in the majors even at age 47, was already a Mets folk hero before he launched a home run deep into the San Diego night in 2016.

But that home run, coming after so many at-bats filled with laughs as Colon spun around and his helmet flew off -- added to his lore.

"I still have the bat; it's a beautiful memory for me," Colon told ESPN's Marly Rivera about the home run and his thoughts before it happened. "Ever since [my debut] with Cleveland, I always dreamt of playing interleague baseball. When I was with the White Sox [in 2003], one time I thought it was going to happen, when I faced Carlos Zambrano of the Cubs. I really thought I was going to hit it out that day because the ball was flying out of the park.

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In the last 25 years, the Mets have taken a corner infielder with their first pick in the first round of the MLB Draft just four times.

The last two taken were Brett Baty in 2019 and Dominic Smith in 2013. Before that, it was Ike Davis in 2008. You then have to go all the way back to David Wright in 2001 -- and Wright was a supplemental pick who was taken 38th overall.

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Sep 9, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) delivers a pitch 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 pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) delivers a pitch during the first inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports (Gregory Fisher)

Whenever this 2020 MLB season gets underway, Mets ace Jacob deGrom will be going after a feat only two pitchers in MLB history have accomplished before him. 

A three-peat in Cy Young Awards has only been done by Greg Maddux and Randy Johnson -- two Hall of Fame starters who were just as dominant as deGrom has been in their primes. It's an entirely different situation this season with it being shortened. However, deGrom is still at the top of his game, and many believe he can join these two in the record books.

But does deGrom have to worry about his competition? 

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See how the Mets fared against the Atlanta Braves in Game 53 of the virtual season on MLB The Show 20.

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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Sunday that effective immediately, all professional local sports teams are now permitted to begin training camps in the state while following appropriate health protocols.

"Starting today, all the New York professional sports leagues will be able to begin training camps (in the state)," Cuomo said during his daily coronavirus press briefing. "I believe that sports that can come back without having people in the stadium, without having people in the arena -- do it, do it.

"Work out the economics if you can. We want you up, we want people to be able to watch sports. To the extent people are still staying home, it gives people something to do. It's a return to normalcy. So we are working and encouraging all sports teams to start their training camps as soon as possible, and we'll work with them to make sure that can happen."

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Mar 4, 2020; Port St. Lucie, Florida, USA; New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso (20) runs to the dugout against the St. Louis Cardinals at the end of the third inning at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Sam Navarro-USA TODAY Sports (Sam Navarro)
Mar 4, 2020; Port St. Lucie, Florida, USA; New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso (20) runs to the dugout against the St. Louis Cardinals at the end of the third inning at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Sam Navarro-USA TODAY Sports (Sam Navarro)

Zero players finished the 2019 MLB season with more home runs than Pete Alonso's 53. And Only five National League players had a higher slugging percentage than Alonso's .583. But there are currently 15 players who are better bets than Alonso to win the 2020 NL MVP award, per PointsBet.

Some of those names make plenty of sense.

Dodgers teammates Mookie Betts and Cody Bellinger lead the pack, followed by Christian Yelich, who slugged an outrageous .671 in 2019.

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See the highlights as SNY brings together members of the 1986 New York Mets to re-watch Game 6 of the 1986 World Series against the Boston Red Sox.

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Here is the Sports Squared crossword puzzle for Sunday, May 24, called Baseball's Incredible Feats and Greatest Moments...

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Sep 25, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) in the dugout in the during game against the Miami Marlins at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Sep 25, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) in the dugout in the during game against the Miami Marlins at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

Earlier on Saturday, news surfaced that Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard was being sued for $250,000 by his New York City landlord for unpaid rent on a Tribeca apartment.

The Mets right-hander responded via Twitter on Saturday evening, telling his side of the story.

"So let me get this straight. I fairly, and in food faith offered to pay 2 months rent (over 50K) to a landlord for a place I was never going to step foot in due to a global pandemic that took a severe toll upon the residents of NYC, gave timely notice to attempt to try and re-rent, while getting TJ and now living in Florida for rehab, and the landlord tries to extort me for 250K while leaking this story to the media, and I'm the bad guy? Yeah, ok. See you in court pal."

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The 1986 Mets were certainly a cast of characters. 

As SNY celebrates the 1986 World Series champions, many members of the team, including Bob Ojeda, Dwight Gooden, Darryl Strawberry, Keith Hernandez and others, joined in for a Game 6 Watch Party.

As they watched the game live on SNY, they also told some classic stories from their era of Mets baseball. 

When third baseman Ray Knight was brought up in conversation, Ron Darling told a perhaps never-before-known tale about how a wrestling match once broke out inside the team's training room.

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See how the Mets fared against the Atlanta Braves in Game 52 of the virtual season on MLB The Show 20.

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Sep 2, 2017; Houston, TX, USA; New York Mets manager Terry Collins (10) looks on during batting practice before a game against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports (Troy Taormina)
Sep 2, 2017; Houston, TX, USA; New York Mets manager Terry Collins (10) looks on during batting practice before a game against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports (Troy Taormina)

Due to MLB's coronavirus hiatus, Mets manager Luis Rojas has still yet to manage his first game in the big leagues, something he's undoubtedly been dreaming of for quite some time.

A baseball lifer, Rojas grew up around the game (including being ejected from a minor league dugout when he was just seven years old), and he's worked his way up through the minor leagues to reach the big job with the Mets. 

Rojas' time with the Mets organization is now going on 13 years, as he was first hired as a coach of their Dominican League team in 2007, but former Mets skipper Terry Collins believes Rojas' knowledge of both the game and of the players in the Mets' system, will suit him well in his new role as manager.

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The Mets have given their fans tons of magical moment, but some of those moments have been lost in the shuffle a bit.

Here are nine forgotten moments from the last 25 years...

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See how the Mets fared against the Atlanta Braves in Game 51 of the virtual season on MLB The Show 20.

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Doc Gooden joins the BNNY crew to talk about the impact that Gary Carter had on the Mets after being acquired by the team. He also talks about what it was like to play at Shea Stadium, and much more.

Catch the full episode of Baseball Night in New York: Living Room Edition on SNY at 7 p.m.

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

Shortly after news came out that Mets RHP Noah Syndergaard would undergo Tommy John surgery and miss the entire 2020 MLB season, New York's odds to win the World Series sat at +1800.

Those +1800 odds were the seventh-best in baseball.

With roughly two months having passed, the Mets' odds to win the World Series are now +1400, per PointsBet, giving them the sixth-best odds to win it all (with them jumping the Minnesota Twins in that regard).

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As negotiations between the league and players union continue to play out, it sounds like the Mets and Yankees have both decided where they'll resume spring training, when permitted.

According to MLB Network's Jon Heyman, both the Mets and Yankees will be returning to Florida for spring training 2.0, with Heyman noting that Florida's per capita coronavirus numbers are better than those of most other states. 

If and when MLB and the union can come to a deal regarding players' pay for a shortened 2020 season (without fans in attendance), teams will be permitted to choose between their home cities and their spring training sites for where to resume spring training. 

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See how the Mets fared against the Arizona Diamondbacks in Game 50 of the virtual season on MLB The Show 20.

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SNY's Gary Cohen, Keith Hernandez and Ron Darling answer questions from fans and also discuss the latest negotiations between MLB and the players union during Beyond the Booth Live, hosted by Steve Gelbs on Thursdays at 4 p.m.

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Carlos Beltran put up incredible numbers during his seven seasons as a Met, but is he a no-brainer for the best center fielder in franchise history?

Doug Williams, Steve Gelbs, and Anthony Recker tackle that question and more on the latest Baseball Night in New York: Living Room Edition. Catch the full episode on SNY at 7 p.m.

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For most Mets fans, Gary Cohen, Keith Hernandez, and Ron Darling are practically family members, as their voices resonate in homes throughout the Mets' season.

But there may be some things about the SNY crew that fans don't know. On the latest Beyond The Booth, Keith and Ron tell one thing each that fans probably don't know about the Mets' play-by-play announcer …

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Andy Martino, SNY.tv | Twitter |

Within the next few days, Major League Baseball will likely make its first economic proposal to the Players Association about resuming play this season. Moderates among the players and agents -- the ones who want a fair settlement but not a war -- will push for an agreement, and the sides will agree to a pay cut but not a 50/50 revenue split.

That, at least, is what we predict from talking to sources on all sides of this negotiation.

As previously reported, it's far from a sure thing that MLB will propose a controversial revenue sharing plan. Over the past few days, agents around the game have become increasingly skeptical that was ever the plan. 

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After being selected in the first round of the 2013 MLB Amateur Draft, Dominic Smith ascended his way up through the Mets' minor league system, while receiving help along the way. 

One of the people who helped Smith become the major leaguer he is today is his now manager Luis Rojas, who coached Smith at multiple stops along the way to Queens. 

Appearing as a guest on The Cookie Club presented by Insomnia Cookies, Rojas told a story of how he helped motivate Smith during his 2015 season with the St. Lucie Mets, after Smith had shown up a bit out of shape and wasn't hustling the way Rojas and the rest of the coaching staff wanted him to.

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Mets manager Luis Rojas has been around the game of baseball his entire life. He's coached his way up through almost every level of the minor leagues and is now preparing for his first season as a big-league skipper.

Rojas was first hired by the Mets in 2007 as a Dominican Summer League coach, but it sounds like his coaching experience actually dates back a little further than that.

When Rojas was just 7 years old, his father, Felipe Alou, had to eject him from the dugout for being too critical of the players Alou was managing during a minor league game.

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"I thought we were done."

It was Game 6 of the 1986 World Series, and in the bottom of the 10th inning, that's what Keith Hernandez had in his head when he flew out to center field for the second out. The Mets allowed two runs to the Boston Red Sox in the top of the 10th, so a 5-3 lead for the away team with only one out to go didn't look good at all for Hernandez. 

Hernandez ran into the clubhouse because he simply couldn't watch when the Red Sox get that out and celebrate as world champions. But we all know how that went.

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See how the Mets fared against the Arizona Diamondbacks in Game 49 of the virtual season on MLB The Show 20.

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With the 2020 MLB season expected to feature the universal DH and be shortened to roughly 82 games (if and when it begins, hopefully around July 1), the Mets are one of the National League teams that could benefit the most.

If you take one quick glance at the Mets' roster, four players jump out immediately as DH candidates: Yoenis Cespedes, J.D. Davis, Dominic Smith, and Robinson Cano.

During The Cookie Club presented by Insomnia Cookies on Wednesday, manager Luis Rojas, Davis, and Smith all talked about the kind of impact the universal DH this season could have on the team and on them personally.

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Dominic Smith, Jacob deGrom, JD Davis, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Pete Alonso, Robinson Cano, Yoenis Cespedes, Danny Abriano
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On The Cookie Club presented by Insomnia Cookies, J.D. Davis and Dominic Smith welcome in their manager Luis Rojas to talk about the universal DH and how it will affect the Mets, getting tossed from a game at seven years old by his father, and much more.

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Mets RHP Jeurys Familia (Jim Rassol)
Mets RHP Jeurys Familia (Jim Rassol)

Mets reliever Jeurys Familia, who has been working out with teammate Dellin Betances under the training of Dave Paladino in New Jersey, is confident he and Betances will be fine during a potentially shortened 2020 season. But he's worried about other players.

"I think it'll cause a lot of injuries," Familia told Pat Ragazzo of Metsmerized. "Most guys aren't fortunate enough to have the same level of training as me and Dellin. Thank God Dave is allowing us to use his facility so we can throw every day, stretch out our arms, and get the proper physical training we need to prepare."

Betances, whose velocity was down early in spring training (as it often is at that point) said his velocity is "good right now," and Familia said the two relievers have been in touch with the Mets' trainer as they continue to prepare for the season.

Tags: Dellin Betances, Jeurys Familia, Danny Abriano
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See how the Mets fare against the Arizona Diamondbacks in Game 48 of the virtual season on MLB The Show 20.

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