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Meet the Mets

Manager Terry Collins was impressed with Zack Wheeler’s latest bullpen session.

All of the Mets’ pitchers take their work seriously as they prepare for the season ahead.

Steven Matz made waves when he posted a picture featuring him posing with a shark. The Mets weren’t too concerned when they found out.

Rafael Montero was once considered a top prospect in the organization, but he might be running out of chances to prove himself.

It was an easy decision for both Noah Syndergaard and Jeurys Familia when they were approached about participating in the World Baseball Classic. Terry Collins has already spoken to managers in the WBC about how his players will be used in the tournament.

Rene Rivera developed a rapport with Syndergaard last season, and that is something Travis d’Arnaud hopes to achieve this season. d’Aranud is also appreciative of the confidence the Mets showed in him this offseason. The Mets will need him to be better since they have received little production from their catchers for most of the past decade.

The Mets were mostly apathetic towards the new intentional walk rule.

David Wright continues to take it slow as he gets himself ready for Opening Day.

Could there possibly be a position battle at first base as spring training gets underway? Lucas Duda, for his part, is determined to stay healthy and contribute to the team.

Terry Collins remains hopeful as the season inches closer.

Say cheese! It was Photo Day at Tradition Field for the Mets.

Around the NL East

The Braves are fully embracing Bartolo Colon and gifted to the world his photo shoot.

The Mets traded Preston Wilson to the Marlins for Mike Piazza, and Wilson went on to have a solid career with his new team. He is number 33 of the top 100 Marlins of all time. Miguel Cabrera had no use for the intentional walk when he was with the Marlins. Manager Don Mattingly shared his thoughts on how to improve the pace of play.

The Good Phight makes the argument that Jerad Eickhoff should be the Phillies’ Opening Day starter.

So what does the Matt Wieters signing mean for the rest of the Nationals’ roster?

Around the Majors

Yankees’ pitcher CC Sabathia has no intention of retiring after his contract expires at the end of 2017.

Angels pitcher Garrett Richards avoided Tommy John surgery by undergoing an alternative stem cell treatment.

Not everyone is thrilled with MLB’s new intentional walk rule.

The classic Simpsons episode “Homer at the Bat” will by honored by the Hall of Fame.

New Jersey governor Chris Christie could be a candidate to replace Mike Francesa on WFAN.

Some teams have enjoyed a great deal of success out of one position for the past decade.

Is this the year baseball gets a reprieve from the Yankees?

Yesterday at AA

Steve Sypa wrote about the Mets possibly making a big splash in the international market.

Nathan Gismot continued his list of the top 25 home run hitters in Mets history and number 19 was Tommie Agee.

Aaron Yorke updated the latest rumors surrounding Neil Walker’s possible contract extension and he wrote about when David Wright is expected to return to the diamond.

This Date in Mets History

Happy Birthday Bobby Bonilla!