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Mets Morning News: Omar Minaya’s quest to get kids to play baseball again

Your Tuesday morning dose of Mets and MLB news, notes, and links.

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Meet the Mets

Former Mets GM Omar Minaya is on a quest to get more kids to play baseball again.

Faith and Fear in Flushing want you to know how the Mets’ playoff shares should have been divided.

Around the NL East

Braves player Rio Ruiz made good on a childhood promise to his father and presented him with the first ball he hit in the majors, along with his jersey and the lineup card from that day for Christmas.

The Braves are interested in Brian Dozier, as are the Nationals.

Fox Sports took a look back at the Phillies’ top twenty draft picks from 2016 and how they’ve fared so far.

Around MLB

The Cardinals are also interested in Brian Dozier.

Former Texas Rangers pitcher John Barfield was murdered in Little Rock, Arkansas. He was 52.

The Colorado Rockies signed Alexi Amarista to a one-year contract.

Justin Verlander came up with a creative solution when he only had happy birthday wrapping paper for his Christmas gifts.

Yesterday at AA

Eric Fischer looked back at Jim Henderson’s star-crossed season.

Matt Varvaro delivered another Monday Morning Mets Mind Boggler.

This Date in Mets History

The Mets traded for Mo Vaughn on this date back in 2001.