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Mets Morning News: Mike Piazza visits Mets camp

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Meet the Mets

Mike Piazza has made his annual appearance at Mets camp as a guest instructor. He chatted about the prospect of owning a baseball team someday, his impression of Mickey Callaway and clubhouse culture, and pushing Travis d’Arnaud and Kevin Plawecki to be better this season.

John Harper discusses why Zack Wheeler could thrive as a relief pitcher, comparing him to Chad Green.

New Mets’ director of performance and sports science, Jim Cavallini has a very daunting task ahead of him: keep the Mets healthy.

Mickey Callaway’s response to Dominic Smith’s lateness demonstrates that he is not messing around when it comes to accountability, a word he has already used often in the early days of spring training.

Around the National League East

It appears as if Phillies rookie Jorge Alfaro is well on his way to establishing himself as the primary catcher for the team to start the season.

It was a rough day in Phillies camp, however, as infielder Will Middlebrooks collided with his left fielder in their spring training game against the Orioles, resulting in an apparent ankle injury that necessitated his being carted off the field.

Victor Robles is making a strong impression at Nationals camp early this spring.

Another top NL East prospect, Ronald Acuna, is undeterred by the fact that he is hitless so far in spring training and so are his teammates and his coaches.

The Marlins hope they can make up for lack of power with great speed and base running.

Around Major League Baseball

Two players got signed to minor league deals: Erick Aybar to the Twins and our old friend Oliver Perez to the Reds, expected to compete for a bullpen spot.

Joel Sherman has some rather interesting and whacky ideas on how to keep fans engaged in baseball.

The Rays want their skeptics to know that they are not tanking.

Shohei Ohtani wasn’t exactly perfect in his spring training debut, but Major League Baseball got its first taste of the Japanese phenom’s electric stuff.

Yesterday at Amazin’ Avenue

Chris McShane and Brendan Carducci reported on minor nagging injuries to Jay Bruce and Juan Lagares, respectively.

This Date in Mets History

Happy birthday to ‘86 Met Ed Lynch!