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Meet the Mets

After a rough third inning in which he surrendered three runs, Matt Harvey bounced back in his start against the Marlins, striking out the final five batters he faced and eight overall.

Ed Charles, third baseman and leader of the 1969 Miracle Mets, passed away at 84.

Robert Gsellman’s unique approach to improving his standing in the Mets’ deep (for now) crop of pitchers: spending the offseason fixing his posture.

Kevin Plawecki has carried his hot hitting from the final six weeks of the 2017 season into Grapefruit League play to threaten for the starting backstop role.

Between Adrian Gonzalez, Dom Smith, Wilmer Flores, and Jay Bruce, general manager Sandy Alderson believes the team is all set at first base.

Around the National League East

Mike Foltynewicz continued his sterling spring training, tossing five hitless innings in a win over the Tigers.

Phillies fans are understandably excited about the arrival of Jake Arrieta.

A familiar face, that of lefty Tommy Milone, was at the center of a bad day for Nationals pitchers, surrendering five hits, two walks, and three earned runs in two innings of spring training work.

Around Major League Baseball

Finally, proof of what we already knew is on the way: that the baseballs have been juiced.

Rob Manfred and Co. are drastically altering extra-inning games in the minors, starting every frame with a runner on second base.

Yesterday at Amazin’ Avenue

Chris McShane attempted to determine which Mets pitchers will open the season in the bullpen.

This Date in Mets History

In 1961, a year before the Mets’ first season, the state authorized a bond issue for the construction of a 55,000-seat stadium in Flushing, Queens.