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Mets Morning News: Granderon's thumb injury didn't hurt, Syndergaard continues tour of New York City

Your Sunday morning dose of Mets and Major League Baseball news, notes, and links.

Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Meet the Mets

Curtis Granderson had a completely torn UCL in his thumb going into the World Series, but he says it didn't really hurt. Granderson hit three home runs in the World Series and had a fantastic season all around.

Noah Syndergaard's tour of New York City continued last night when he attended Saturday Night Live. The guy is definitely winning the offseason.

Mike Piazza and Jeff Bagwell aren't in the Hall of Fame yet, and the Times takes a look at what's kept them out thus far.

Around the National League East

Grant Brisbee writes that Bryce Harper, who was unanimously voted National League MVP after an incredible season this year, might get even better. Federal Baseball looks at how the Nationals can upgrade their bullpen for 2016. I'm going to suggest they go with a one-man bullpen of Jonathan Papelbon.

Speaking of relief pitchers, the Marlins are interested in Phillies relief pitcher Ken Giles. He must not have rubbed Jeffrey Loria the wrong way yet.

And speaking of the Phillies, the Good Phight looks at which players the team added to its 40-man roster—and one top-ten prospect it didn't—ahead of the Rule 5 draft.

Around Major League Baseball

The Times takes a look at umbrella policies at major league ballparks, highlighting a Yankees fan who was struck with a foul ball and suffered significant injuries, thanks in part to an umbrella that blocked his view of the game. You'll probably not want to be eating breakfast or brunch when you see the photos in that piece.

The Wall Street Journal suggests Mike Trout might just be too good to win MVP.

Yesterday at Amazin' Avenue

We took a look at Michael Cuddyer's first season in Queens, which didn't go very well.

Our free agent profile series continued with Rajai Davis, a perfectly decent player who is probably not a fit for the Mets' 2016 roster.

This date in Mets history

Terry Collins took the job as Mets manager on this date.