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? 

DeGrom is never one to focus on the rest of the pack -- as he shouldn't sitting atop the throne as the best pitcher in baseball. But then you think about how this season is unlike one we've ever seen before, and players gunning for awards like Cy Young or MVP have little room for error. There is also the injury factor (knock on wood) that no player wants to deal with.

Of course, a dud from deGrom on the bump is a rarity, but who knows what will happen this year? 

At the moment, PointsBet has the odds for deGrom winning the NL Cy Young Award for the third straight year at +300 (Odds with a + in front shows how much money would be won on a $100 bet. So, in this case, a better would win $300.) His top competition isn't too far, though.

Let's see where they stand and if deGrom should be worried they will overtake that throne by the end of the season...

Washington Nationals RHP Max Scherzer (+400)

Why deGrom should be worried: Scherzer wasn't just a division rival, but one of deGrom's biggest competition for the award last season. He owned a 2.92 ERA in 27 starts with 243 strikeouts and 1.03 WHIP.

At the end of the year, Scherzer finished third in Cy Young voting with then-Dodgers hurler Hyun-Jin Ryu coming in second with a breakout season. He finds himself with a new deal playing for the Toronto Blue Jays this season, so Scherzer would definitely be the one man deGrom would keep his eyes on.

DeGrom was able to eclipse 200 innings this season, but Scherzer never had the opportunity to do so after pitching in only 27 starts due to injury. If he did have 32 starts, third place might not have been the result for the Nats' ace. He still has electrifying stuff, and was close to striking out as many batters as deGrom in less time pitched, too. 

Oh, and he's already won three Cy Youngs in the past including back-to-back in 2016 and 2017. DeGrom ruined a three-peat of his own in 2018. 

Video: Hefner: Stroman could challenge deGrom for Cy Young

Why deGrom has the upper hand: If there is a pitcher who you'd bet would toss a dud between these two, it would be Scherzer. While his stuff is electric, it is entirely dependent on his fastball location. If he gets behind hitters, Scherzer does have a tendancy to try to overpower hitters to get back into the count. The result isn't always what he likes, with hard contact coming along. 

So, while Scherzer will still eat up innings, he can get knocked around. Ask the Mets when they tacked on four runs on eight hits in their first meeting with him last season. They did the same thing later on Sept. 3 with four runs across, too. The woeful Marlins somehow managed seven runs (six earned) on 11 hits in late April as well. 

It isn't always like that for Scherzer, of course, but there really is no groove setting with this new season. You must be locked in from the start, and deGrom has always been that way. 

Los Angeles Dodgers RHP Walker Buehler (+850)

Why deGrom should be worried: One of the best young and talented arms in the game, Buehler solidified himself as the team's ace last season with a 3.26 ERA to follow up his stellar 2.62 ERA he posted in 2018 with the Dodgers. Buehler has postseason experience, and at age 25, he could be even better in 2020. 

Buehler has a nasty curveball, which seems to be the recipe for an LA ace (think Clayton Kershaw in his prime). But he also features a plus-fastball and tight slider that keeps hitters off balance. There is no doubt this Vanderbilt product is on the rise, as he was named to his first All-Star team last year, too. He has the stuff to compete for the Cy Young despite being ninth in voting last season. 

Video: Beyond the Booth Live: Remembering the 2015 NLDS

Why deGrom has the upper hand: Buehler might not have the mileage on his arm like deGrom, but the latter is certainly in his prime as well. 

So while Buehler is on the rise and could very well rival deGrom one day for being the best pitcher in the NL, deGrom trumps him with the experience he's got. 

Buehler also showed last season that the scouting report may be out on him a bit. Six times last season Buehler allowed five or more runs, and two of them came in the first month of the season. 

St. Louis Cardinals RHP Jack Flaherty (+1100)

Why deGrom should be worried: Flaherty's odds don't match his potential. He came in fourth in NL Cy Young voting last season with a 2.75 ERA over 33 starts. He also had 231 strikeouts and a sub-1.00 WHIP. 

When Flaherty, 24, has command of his arsenal, he is very tricky to figure out at the plate. He has already proven he can go the distance, tossing 196.1 innings last season. And like Buehler, he's made himself the ace in St. Louis.

Also, if the schedules are made so that teams only play those in their geographical area, Flaherty does have the better schedule with the AL and NL Central noticeably less worrisome than the NL and AL East divisions. 

Why deGrom has the upper hand: There is no denying that Flaherty is an up-and-comer that should've had an All-Star bid last season. But, once again, deGrom's experience will go a long way here. 

Being that there are limited starts, each one might very well have a playoff feel to it. It might be nitpicking at this point, but Flaherty has shown spurts where he can get touched up, while deGrom very rarely has. What Flaherty has done in two seasons, deGrom has proven to do since 2014 when he broke into the league. 

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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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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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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

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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.

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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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
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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