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Mets Morning News: 1500 rabid fans show up to see pitcher fielding practice and long toss!

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

Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Meet the Mets

Over 1500 fans came out yesterday to check out the Mets' first pitchers and catchers workout. Wow, that's a lot of people watching baseball drills!

How many games can David Wright play this year? That's up in the air. Wright is making sure his teammates realize that just getting to the World Series isn't enough.

Steven Matz is looking to stay injury-free in his first full season with the Mets. Zack Wheeler is working his way back and he got a mechanical tip from Jacob deGrom that he's looking forward to using. In case there are injuries this year, what is the rotation backup plan?

Kevin Plawecki is expected to be more than just a traditional backup catcher this year.

Brandon Nimmo is out of the boot but his foot injury may keep him on the DL for the opening of the season.

Gary, Keith, and Ron are back and they plan to broadcast the Mets for the foreseeable future!

Cool interview at Fangraphs with Mets knuckleball prospect Mickey Jannis.

The Mets announced yesterday that they're going to hold their first LGBT Pride Night in August. Great job, Mets!

When was the last time the Mets had a better offseason than the Yankees? It's been a while!

A man who forged the signature of Jeff Wilpon plead guilty.

Around the NL East

Jonathan Papelbon apologized for choking Bryce Harper and other general assholery.

Why are Phillies fans excited about righty Jerad Eickhoff?

Does lefty Adam Conley have a shot at making the Marlins' starting rotation?

Braves' GM John Coppolella says the Braves could be buyers if they're in contention, which is just adorable.

Around the Majors

Tony Phillips, a member of the 1998 Mets, passed away at age 56 after suffering a heart attack. Former Mets outfielder Brian McRae remembers Phillips as a stabilizing presence. Phillips was an underrated superstar.

Juan Uribe is now a former Met, as he signed on with the Indians. We'll miss you, Juan!

The Yankees are trying to keep rich fans away from poor fans.

Rangers' catcher Chris Gimenez nearly was decapitated in a car accident.

This Date In Mets History

The Mets signed Don Aase and Tony Clark on this date.

Yesterday At AA

We looked at who the Mets passed over for Terry Collins.

Where should the Mets place Mike Piazza's retired number?

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