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Mets spring training dates announced

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After the holidays, the next important date on the calendar for any baseball fan is the start of spring training. The official start for the Mets is on February 12, when pitchers and catchers must report to Port St. Lucie. Their first workout will take place two days later on Valentine’s Day.

As for the position players, their report date is on February 17, and they will join the pitchers and catchers for their first full workout on February 19.

Even with the quiet offseason, this should be an interesting spring for the Mets. It will be manager Mickey Callaway’s first time at the helm, and he’ll go along with many new faces filling out the coaching staff that will be serving under him.

Unless something drastically changes from now until February, the 2018 Mets will look a lot like 2017 Mets with the exception of Jose Lobaton and Anthony Swarzak. Spring training will the first glimpse both coaches and fans will get of the players who lost significant time to injury the previous season—and again hope that they can stay healthy enough to bring the Mets back to respectability.