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Mets Morning News: When Stuart met Mr. Met

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

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Meet the Mets

In the wake of Stuart Scott's passing, Mr. Met fondly remembers the brief time the two spent together.

Minor League Ball has a second opinion on the Mets' top 20 prospects.

Mets 360 looks at how the major league team is still mostly made up of players who were in the organization before Sandy Alderson came along. The minor league system, on the other hand...

Rising Apple thinks there is still a strong chance that Ruben Tejada starts a lot of games for the Mets in 2015.

This date in Mets history: Tug McGraw tragically passed away in 2004.

Around the National League East

We don't know how much better Dan Uggla may have been last year if he hadn't been playing through a concussion, but it turns out his eyesight was one aspect of his game that was affected.

Dan Haren may not want to pitch for the Marlins in 2015, but the club is hoping that James Shields will sign up for multiple years of black road jerseys.

Around the Majors

Even though it was tested in the Arizona Fall League this autumn, Major League Baseball will probably not implement a pitch clock during the 2015 regular season.

Former Orioles general manager Hank Peters died on Sunday. He was 90 years old.

Yesterday at Amazin' Avenue

Josh A. Barnes wrote about how Jon Niese's changeup helped the lefty become a better pitcher in the second half of 2014.

Steve Sypa has a new international free agent profile on right-handed pitcher Yoan Lopez. Depending on your literary preference, he's either from Treasure Island or Neverland.

Matthew Yaspan investigated why the Mets' pitching fWAR was so darn low in 2014.

We re-posted Dan Lewis's awesome Mike Piazza story because he's the best hitting catcher of all time and it's that time of year again.