Meet the Mets
Billy Bean responded to Daniel Murphy's about his disapproval of Bean's "lifestyle." Bean said he respects Murphy's telling the truth and notes that he must be patient in the fight for inclusion.
David Schoenfield wrote about the Mets' use of the shift for Zack Wheeler in wake of Wheeler's comments regarding his distaste for shifting. He notes Wheeler's high ground ball rates but concludes that it is probably worth it for management to listen to him if it makes him more comfortable on the mound.
Lucas Duda swung off of a tee for the first time in three weeks. He has been sidelined with an injured intercostal muscle.
Around the NL East
Mike Minor was scratched from his scheduled start on Sunday due to shoulder problems. He missed time last season with shoulder problems as well.
Around the Major Leagues
Alex Rodriguez got a hit in his first at-bat as he returns to the Yankees. While the Yankees announced Masahiro Tanaka is scheduled to make his first Grapefruit League start on March 12. Tanaka elected last season to rehab his elbow, rather than undergo Tommy John Surgery.
Craig Calcaterra wrote about the way in which athletes interact with reporters. He feels athletes aren't obligated to be polite to reporters, and reporters shouldn't hold that against them in their writing.
David Kagan examined the physics of going first to third for The Hardball Times. He finds that baserunners instinctively tend to find the best path when rounding second base.
Yesterday at AA
Loic Oumier considered what the Mets could reasonably get in a trade for catching prospect Kevin Plawecki. Specifically, he examined situations in which the Mets make a deal with the Twins, White Sox, and Cardinals.
Today in Mets History
Happy birthday to former Met Mike Hessman! Hessman appeared in 32 games for the Mets in 2010, but is better known for his prodigious minor league home run total.