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Mets Morning News: Seinfeld, Alderson win plaudits, CTE found in Freel's brain

Your Monday morning dose of New York Mets and Major League Baseball news, notes, and links.

Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Meet the Mets

You thought the awards season had concluded one month previous? Well, sir or madam, adjust your thoughts accordingally because Jerry Seinfeld just won the MLB Network Social Media Awards Celebrity Fan of the Year alongside Cardinal fan Andy Cohen. No word as to whether a new podcast "Celebrity Fans in Cars Getting Coffee" will result from these recent developments.

The ever-earnest Will Leitch named Sandy Alderson the best G.M. in baseball, and the 26th reason to love New York.

Around the Majors

Ryan Freel, the former eight-year MLB outfielder who claimed to have suffered as many as ten concussions during his career, passed away last December from a self-inflicted gunshot wound at age 36. After his passing, the Freel family donated his brain to the Boston University Center for the Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy and Sports Legacy Institute. Today it was revealed he was suffering from Stage II CTE at the time of his death.

Per Drew Jenkins, former Metropolitan backstop Brian Schneider was named the manager of the Jupiter Hammerheads, the Florida State Affiliate of the Marlins.

When people aren't busy hurling invective and abuse at athletes, Twitter can be used for positive things as Jeremy Guthrie showed on Friday.

With the recent announcement of the elimination of home plate collisions, Charlie Hustle stated he is not a fan of this new rule. Coinicidentally, Rose's former teammate Johnny Bench is an ardent supporter of the ban.

Baseball Prospectus' new series Hot Stove Scouting Report is incredibly informative for anyone curious about scouting jargon and what goes into such reports. For example, here's Ryan Parker's write-up on Robinson Cano.

Despite some interest from the Mets, the Cleveland Indians have procured their closer in the form of one John Axford.

Chris Cotillo is 18 and probably has more baseball insider cred than you or I ever will.

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