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

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Meet the Mets

Pete Alonso is confident that his defense is better than it was back in his worst season, 2017.

After 13 years away from Flushing, Al Leiter is glad to be back where he spent the best years of his career.

Statsfied with is results thus far, Pete Alonso wants to keep it up through the end of the spring and make the team.

The better he does, the harder it is to keep Pete Alonso off the Opening Day roster.

50 years after their victory, Art Shamsky’s new book dives into the brotherhood between the members of that miracle ‘69 squad.

In the best matchup of the spring, Jacob deGrom and Noah Syndergaard will face off in an intrasquad game today.

New York Post beat writer Mike Puma had an interesting encounter at the gas station.

On St. Patrick’s Day, the Mets have a triumvirate of Irish heritage in their system.

In the MLB’s nine highlighted spring training stat lines, Zack Wheeler and Pete Alonso occupy two of the spots.

Around the National League East

It appears likely that AJ Minter and Darren O’Day will begin the season on the disabled list for Atlanta.

In their rotation, Mike Foltynewicz and Mike Soroka are both lining up for returns in the latter half of April.

With Michael A. Taylor dealing with hip and knee injuries, the Nats would like to stay in-house with his replacement, but haven’t ruled out a free agent pick up.

Around Major League Baseball

A Korean marketing campaign for Major League Baseball took the internet by storm.

Despite a dreadful past few seasons, there is still hope that Matt Harvey can be good again.

Terry Francona literally jumped out of an airplane.

For the second year in a row, the Brewers knocked it out of the park with their spring movie reenactment.

Almost 25 years after his time with the White Sox, the New York Post looked back at Michael Jordan’s brief MLB career.

Abroad, the Australian Baseball League saw its highest viewership of all time.

Corey Seager will be healthy and active on Opening Day for the Dodgers.

In a surprising bit of good news for minor leaguers, the Blue Jays plan to bump up the pay in the minor leagues by more than 50%.

After being suspended for one game for an incident with Angel Hernandez, AJ Hinch released a statement.

This Date in Mets History

On this date in 2000, the Mets said hello to super Joe McEwing, and in 2011 they bade Luis Castillo well and cut ties.

Yesterday at Amazin’ Avenue

Allison McCague recapped yesterday’s shellacking at the hands of the Nats.

Robert Fallo covered the Mets’ most recent assignments to minor league camp.