Aug 9, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets center fielder Michael Conforto (30) celebrates with his teammates after hitting a walk off RBI single to beat the Washington Nationals 7-6 at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)
Aug 9, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets center fielder Michael Conforto (30) celebrates with his teammates after hitting a walk off RBI single to beat the Washington Nationals 7-6 at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)

The National League Wild Card race is exactly how it is described: wild.

The Nationals and Cardinals continue to cling to the top of the standings. However, entering play today, five teams are within five games of the final postseason spot.



There are roughly 47 days and 40 or so games left in the season, depending on each team's respective schedule.

Here is a breakdown of their chances, strengths, and weaknesses...

Giants

The Good: San Francisco's bullpen has been one of the best in the league this season, let alone among team's in the Wild Card race. Their lineup struggled through most of the summer, but began clicking after adding Alex Dickerson. When he hit the injured list, they returned to average production. He is expected to return soon, which they hope (along with Mike Yastrzemski) will get them back on track. They also have the fifth-easiest remaining schedule among their fellow Wild Card contenders, according to Power Rankings

The Bad: Madison Bumgarner and Jeff Samardzija have been the team's only consistent, productive starting pitchers this season. They reportedly expect Johnny Cueto to return from the injured list and rejoin the staff in early September, but that will be good enough for just three or four starts. Similarly, if Dickerson hits a set back, which is common when dealing with an oblique strain, the offense will have to rely on veterans Buster Posey, Brandon Crawford and Brandon Belt, all of whom are having sub-par seasons.

The Odds (according to FanGraphs.com): 1.4 percent, down from 2.8 percent one month ago.

My Prediction: You've had a wonderful career as a manager, Bruce Bochy. But in your last season before retirement, you're going to fall short of a final postseason appearance.

Phillies

The Good: Any lineup with Bryce Harper, Rhys Hoskins, J.T. Realmuto and Jean Segura can catch fire at any time. Similarly, Aaron Nola, Zach Eflin and Jake Arrieta also have the talent and experience to catch fire. As a group, it's hard to imagine they repeat being just average, which is what they've been doing the past month.

The Bad: The above seven players are not enough, specifically in the rotation, where Nola has been their only reliable starter. Also, if you think the Mets bullpen was bad at points this season, Philly's bullpen has been consistently worse. If their relievers don't pick it up, Harper & Co. will need to score a billion runs each game.

The Odds: 5.8 percent, down from 25 percent just three weeks ago.

My Prediction: They started hot, but sustained success was a long, long time ago. They've been struggling for the better part of three months. Squint and you can see a turn around, but you also see a group of players with either no postseason experience, or guys known for choking in big spots.



Brewers

The Good: Perennial MVP threat Christian Yelich and rookie Keston Hiura have been hot since the latter was promoted in late May. That's it, though. That's their good...

The Bad: Yelich and Hiura are terrific, but they are not enough to make up for the rest of the lineup, which has been struggling since before the All-Star break. Their pitching has also been among the least productive in the league.

The Odds: 29 percent, down from a high of 44 percent last month.

My Prediction: The Brewers need Mike Moustakas, Lorenzo Cain and Yasmani Grandal to each have monster Septembers, all while Yelich and Hiura continue to shine. Otherwise, they'll fall short, mostly due to their pitching.

Cardinals

The Good: Like the Mets, they've been hot since the All-Star break. Reliable hitters Paul Goldschmidt and Marcell Ozuna have been carrying the offense, the bullpen is strong and consistent, and the franchise has a long tradition of performing well down the stretch. 

The Bad: As good as their bullpen has been, relievers Andrew Miller and Carlos Martinez have been a liability. At some point, especially in late September when their younger pitchers start running out of gas, the Cardinals will need their veteran arms to live up to their reputations. Their rotation has been up and down all year, which is likely to continue the rest of the season.

The Odds: 38.9 percent, down from 55 percent last week.

The Prediction: It's difficult to ignore the franchise's history of pulling off miracles by upping their game down the stretch. However, in reality, one season has nothing to do with the other, and I don't see enough depth and consistent talent to keep themselves atop the standings.

Nationals

The Good: Like the Mets, Washington's top three starting pitchers (Max Scherzer, Stephen Strasburg and Patrick Corbin) are as good as it gets in baseball. Anthony Rendon and Juan Soto have turned Harper into a forgotten memory for DC. They've improved the bullpen, though it's still below average,and they have depth and experience.

The Bad: Scherzer has been on the injured list with back pain for more than a month. Washington says he won't be back until the end of August, which assumes the 35-year-old veteran doesn't suffer a set back. Sean Doolittle and Wander Suero are their only above-average relievers, which is why they've thrown 30 percent of the bullpen's innings. 

The Odds: 78 percent, down from their 83 percent high in July.

My Prediction: The Nationals may benefit from the rest of the Wild Card competition being thoroughly mediocre. However, they'll fall out of their current spot in the standings. 



Diamondbacks

The Good: Arizona has a plus-67 run differential, which means -- with a bit more luck -- they should be 66-53 as opposed to their real 59-59. In the end, this means nothing. But it does suggest that -- if the ball starts bouncing their way -- they have the potential to make up a lot of ground in a short amount of time. They also have the second-easiest remaining schedule among their fellow Wild Card contenders, according to Power Rankings

The Bad: They have been playing a consistent .500 baseball since the end of May. No better. No worse. And now they don't have Zack Greinke, who they traded last month, despite being just 3.5 games back of the Wild Card.

The Odds: 10.3 percent, down from 18 percent one month ago.

My Prediction: They have the easiest schedule among their fellow Wild Card contenders, which will help them continue being a .500 team. Plus, playing weaker teams will help get those extra outs and lucky bounces while pulling them up closer to the level of their run differential. They're struggling of late, but they're set up to end that and move up in the standings.

Mets

The Good: Our boys are 21-7 since the All-Star break. They're 9-2 in August. Their rotation was already topping the league, and now they have Marcus Stroman. The bullpen has five guys pitching well, all of whom have pennant race experience. The lineup is still hitting home runs and keeping their strikeouts in check. They have a .246 team batting average on balls in play, which suggests that if they get more balls to find grass, they can be a top-scoring offense.

The Bad: They lack depth, especially in the bullpen and rotation. They are one or two injuries away from needing to put faith in Edwin Diaz, Walker Lockett, and Ervin Santana. Also, to win the Wild Card, they need to keep winning, but it would mean they went 45-27 to end the season and give them one of the best all-time comebacks in league history.

The Odds: 46.1 percent, up an amazing 42 points in just four weeks.

My Prediction: There's no way they keep playing at a .700 winning percentage, especially given their difficult schedule the final six weeks of the season. I have less faith in the other teams on the list, though, mostly because they're all trending in the wrong direction at a time when things get more difficult -- not easier. 

Wild Card Game

My Prediction: Call me a homer, but I think the Mets will cross the finish line in time to reach the one-game playoff. In the end, I see this going for them much like it did in 2016, when they kept above water and did just enough to outlast the field.

Similarly, with an easy schedule and a well-rounded roster, the D-backs should be able to eek put enough luck to also make the one-game playoff. Bring it on, Arizona. 


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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.

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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)

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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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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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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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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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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?

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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.

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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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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.

Tags: Dominic Smith, JD Davis, Yoenis Cespedes, Danny Abriano
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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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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
MLB The Show 20

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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