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Mets Morning News: And the award for best athlete in New York this decade goes to

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

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Meet the Mets

The 2010s weren’t the best for New York sports but one athlete stood head and shoulders above the rest and that person was Jacob deGrom.

Eli Manning won a Super Bowl, Henrik Lundqvist has Hall of Fame credentials, and there were plenty of other spectacular NY athletes this past decade, but the Mets’ ace outshone them all.

The Mets weren’t always competitive in the 2010s, but there were ten memorable home runs that stood out.

It wasn’t just home runs however, there were other moments, both good and bad, that helped define the decade.

The 2015 team was one of the best teams to not win a World Series in the past ten years.

The McNeils adopted a new friend for Willow.

Around the National League East

The Braves are finally coming into their own and have built a good core that has extended their contention window.

Around Major League Baseball

Mike Trout of course was the best overall hitter from the 2010s, but he had some good company. He also led the All-Decade team as the best overall player.

The White Sox remain busy this offseason and their next target is reportedly Yasiel Puig.

The Reds are reportedly interested in Shogo Akiyama, a Japanese outfielder who played for the Seibu Lions for the last nine seasons.

For reasons that aren’t exactly clear, Major League Baseball wants to eliminate 42 minor league teams, including the team Jackie Robinson first played for.

This Date in Mets History

On this date in 2001, the Mets traded Kevin Appier to the Angels in exchange for Mo Vaughn who didn’t live up to expectations but still hit a mammoth dinger off the scoreboard at Shea.