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Mets Morning News: Baseball's back and it's better than ever!

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

Brad Barr-USA TODAY Sports

Meet the Mets

New York Mets baseball is back, everyone! The Mets fell to the Nationals in their spring opener but who cares? BASEBALL! Despite the loss, there was a lot to be positive about. Read more about it in our recap. Rafael Montero and Jacob deGrom each pitched two perfect innings and Ike Davis hit a long home run.

Jared Diamond wrote about the Mets propensity to strike out and whether that's a bad thing.

Wilfredo Tovar left yesterday's game with a hamstring issue but he says he's fine.

Bobby Parnell is set to throw live batting practice today.

Terry Collins is embracing Sandy Alderson's 90 win goal and will set goals for each player on the team.

31-year old minor league veteran and Old Bridge, NJ native Anthony Seratelli could make the team as the utility infielder.

Wilmer Flores idolized Edgardo Alfonzo as a kid, who is now working with the Mets this spring.

Around the Majors

David Wright won the Face of MLB contest but did MLB rig the contest?

Should the Indians retire Chief Wahoo? This editorial in the Cleveland Plain-Dealer says they should.

A new MIT study says that managers are not good at knowing when to take their starting pitchers out.

David Ortiz says he would love to have a gay teammate.

Joba Chamberlain's Tommy John scar is a smiley face.

Grant Brisbee asks whether the Red Sox have the best lineup in the game or not.

At Fangraphs, Jack Weiland looks at the NL outfield tiers.

Yesterday At AA

Chris McShane has plenty of great photos from Port St. Lucie.

Michael Donato previewed Taylor Teagarden's season.

Jeffrey Bellone reminds us of the Mets best hitters from last spring (KOST Collin Cowgill!)

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