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Mets Morning News: Is Ruben Tejada guaranteed an Opening Day roster spot?

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

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Meet the Mets

Mike Piazza continued his work as a guest instructor in Port St. Lucie and had some valuable advice for Yoenis Cespedes, who is expected to carry New York's offense this season the way Piazza did around the turn of the century.

Terry Collins is feeling better about the new second base slide rule after meeting with league officials on the matter.

Ruben Tejada is expected to having a spot on the 25-man roster come Opening Day, but there remains a chance that he is upended by Eric Campbell.

It's looking likely that Neil Walker will provide as much value as Daniel Murphy at second base.

On Sunday afternoon, the Mets took a break from their drills and put on a baseball clinic for Special Olympics athletes.

Around the National League East

The Phillies got revenge for last year and scored an 8-3 victory over the University of Tampa baseball team.

Meanwhile, the Nationals played their first intrasquad game of spring training on Sunday.

Around Major League Baseball

Former Met and current players' association head Tony Clark wants to cut back on the media's access to players, but that might be bad for baseball's growth.

The Orioles are banning postgame pie celebrations due to safety concerns.

A wild raccoon is causing a ruckus at Yankees spring training in Tampa.

Oakland relief pitcher Jon Axford once again did a great job predicting the winners of the Oscars. is celebrating Leap Day with some fantastic leaping catches.

This date in Mets history

February 29 doesn't come around too often, but we do know that it is Terrence Long's 40th (or 10th?) birthday. He played three games with the Mets in 1999 before being traded alongside Leo Vasquez for Kenny Rogers.