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Mets Morning News: Jacob deGrom won't rejoin Mets in Cleveland, three fans buy Piazza jersey

Your Friday morning dose of New York Mets and MLB news, notes, and links.

Armando Benitez and Mike Piazza.
Armando Benitez and Mike Piazza.
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Meet the Mets

Three Mets fans paid $365,000 for the jersey Mike Piazza wore on September 21, 2001, when he hit an eighth-inning, go-ahead home run against the Braves in the first game after the 9/11 terrorist attacks. The buyers plan to loan the most expensive modern-day jersey to Citi Field, the 9/11 Memorial, and the Baseball Hall of Fame.

Jacob deGrom won't be rejoining the Mets in Cleveland, but instead will throw a bullpen session in Port St. Lucie on Friday. He's been in Florida since Monday to be with his wife Stacey, who gave birth to their first child.

Mets hitting coach Kevin Long said he's not panicking over the team's offense, which has averaged 2.5 runs through its first eight games.

MLB Trade Rumors' Offseason in Review series finally got around to the Mets, calling Sandy Alderson's winter dealings "well-conceived and well-executed."

With Johan Santana trying to make yet another comeback, FTW's Ted Berg looked back at whether the southpaw's 134-pitch no-hitter with the Mets ruined his career.

A day after Logan Verrett pitched six shutout innings in a victory,'s Anthony DiComo highlighted the importance of a good swingman.

Around the NL East

Phillies starter Vincent Velasquez pitched an absolute gem in just his ninth career start, striking out 16 batters en route to a complete-game shutout. Ryan Howard actually homered off a lefty in a win over the Padres.

Bryce Harper hit a grand slam to help finish a Nationals sweep of the Braves, who extended their season-opening losing streak to nine games. Read recaps from Talking Chop and Federal Baseball.

Fish Stripes examined the early test that is being administered to the Marlins bullpen, thought to be one of the team's biggest weaknesses heading into the season.

Around the Majors

The Cardinals' Jaime Garcia struck out 13 Brewers in a one-hit shutout. He combined with Velasquez to become the first pair of pitchers each with a game score of 97 or better on the same day since Randy Johnson and Mike Schmidt in 2004.

Pablo Sandoval's former trainer discussed the benched Red Sox third baseman's struggles with his weight, claiming Sandoval once gained 21 pounds in 21 days.

A day after the Golden State Warriors set the NBA record for victories, SB Nation's Grant Brisbee wondered what it would take for a baseball team to win 117 games.

Legendary Dodgers play-by-play announcer Vin Scully told his audience why the number 13 isn't unlucky at all.

Over at Fangraphs, August Fagerstrom argued that this year's Cubs could have the most disciplined lineup ever.

Yesterday at AA

Greg Karam went to Binghamton to catch up on infield prospect Jeff McNeil and his new and improved physique.

Jim Henderson obviously shouldn't have been pitching a day after throwing 34 pitches.

Timothy Finnegan warned batters they basically have zero chance of hitting Noah Syndergaard's slider.

For some fun mixed with agonizing regret, Eric Goodman picked a team made up of the best active former Mets.

This Day in Mets History

In 1964, Bill Shea christened Shea Stadium with two bottles—one containing water from the Gowanus Canal, the other with water from the Harlem River.

In 1971, Tom Seaver pitcher a three-hit shutout to defeat the Pirates, 1-0.