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The Mets tied their first spring training game thanks to Dilson Herrera's 9th inning inside the park home run!
Terrible news broke last night, as Mets media relations staffer Shannon Forde passed away after a long battle with breast cancer at 44 years old. Just heartbreaking. Joel Sherman wrote a touching piece on the passing of Forde last night.
Jacob deGrom declined to sign his contract with the Mets, as he's hoping for a long term contract extension. Sandy Alderson says the team is under no pressure to extend any of their young pitchers. Obviously deGrom has been fantastic but the Mets are right to be cheap with him while they have the opportunity. A pair of the Mets' regular starters will make their 2016 debuts on Monday.
In an interview with the New York Times, Jenrry Mejia says that his ban was orchestrated by baseball officials. Hmm, should we get the tinfoil hats out?
Yoenis Cespedes is working with Kevin Long on tweaking his approach at the plate. He also played shortstop during warmups yesterday with Asdrubal Cabrera watching. Meanwhile, the Times has a feature on Mets spring pitching coach Guy Conti, who famously taught Pedro Martinez his changeup in the Dodgers' system.
Could the Mets become the 15th team to win the World Series the year after losing it? Will the Mets fail in that quest? One of the best signs about this team is that you really have to dig for reasons why they might fail.
MLB's Billy Bean was in camp and praised the Mets for Pride Night. Bean also says he's maintained dialogue with Daniel Murphy after his comments last year.
Around the NL East
Daniel Murphy is a National, now. Not a Met. A National.
Around the Majors
Brett Anderson is out for a while and the Dodgers' rotation depth is immediately getting tested.
Grant Brisbee showed us the 11 genres of baseball photos.
This Date In Mets History
Happy birthday to former Mets slugger Mike Hessman, the all-time minor league home run leader!
Yesterday At AA
Look at these ex-Mets players in their strange, new uniforms!
We previewed Steven Matz's 2016 season.
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