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Mets Morning News: Piazza gets recognized while the Astros get reprimanded

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

Mike Piazza and David Wright at Spring training with New... Photo by Louise Wateridge/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images

Meet the Mets

The Mets announced that First Data Field, their spring training home, will be renamed Clover Park starting in February 2020.

The team will honor catcher Mike Piazza in a similar way that they celebrated Tom Seaver, by changing their spring training address to commemorate the Hall-of-Famer.

Carlos Beltran will not be suspended for his role in the Astros’ sign-stealing scandal, despite being specifically named as part of the illegal operation.

Here’s what MLB’s decision means for Beltran and the Mets.

Beltran fully cooperated with the investigation and “admitted to everything”.

Ryan Braun believes in Tim Tebow and thinks his big league dreams are a reality with the Mets.

Anthony Recker will be joining the SNY team this year as part of Baseball Night in New York.

Around the National League East

Nationals pitching prospect Fausto Segura died on Sunday in a motorcycle accident in Barahona, Dominican Republic. He was 23 years old. Our thoughts are with his family and the Nationals’ organization.

Around Major League Baseball

Major League Baseball came down on the Astros, suspending GM Jeff Luhnow and manager A.J. Hinch for one full year. The team will also forfeit their 2020 and 2021 first and second round picks, and will be subject to a $5 million fine.

The $5 million is the “highest allowable fine under the Major League Constitution.”

Following MLB’s ruling, Astros owner Jim Crane announced during a press conference that he has fired Luhnow and Hinch, effective immediately.

MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred released a statement following the news.

You can read Jeff Luhnow’s statement and AJ Hinch’s statement following the punishment and firing.

Joe Espada, who was linked to the Mets’ managerial search earlier this offseason, is expected to become the interim Astros manager following the Hinch firing.

Meanwhile, owner Crane will oversee baseball operations and referenced an internal GM candidate, which is likely assistant GM Pete Putila.

One GM wasn’t satisfied with the punishment, noting that it won’t undo the damage done.

Manfred couldn’t fix the past, so he opted to try and fix the present and future.

Some major questions still remain following the Astros’ sign-stealing scandal.

At MLB’s request, the Dodgers did not comment on the news.

The Yankees don’t have a right to the 2017 World Series title, but they do have a right to wonder what could have been.

CC Sabathia will serve as a special advisor to Yankees’ GM Brian Cashman, but this might cause conflict as he’s not the biggest fan of Michael Kay.

Eno Sarris gives five thoughts on the new Statcast infield defense statistic. (Paywall alert)

A Nolan Arenado trade now appears more likely than a Mookie Betts trade or a Francisco Lindor trade.

The Tigers have signed right-hander Ivan Nova.

The Orioles and catcher Bryan Holaday have agreed to a minor league deal.

The Athletics acquired Tony Kemp from the Cubs in exchange for minor leaguer Alfonso Rivas.

The Giants have claimed pitcher Jake Jewell off waivers from the Angels and have designated Zack Cozart for assignment.

Former Met tormentor Pat Burrell will join the San Jose Giants, San Francisco’s Single-A affiliate, as their hitting coach.

Yesterday at Amazin’ Avenue

Pitcher Junior Santos came in at number 14 on Steve Sypa’s list of the Top 25 Mets Prospects for 2020.

This Date in Mets History

Happy 35th birthday to Mike Pelfrey, whom the Mets picked 9th overall in the 2005 MLB Draft.