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Mets Morning News: Fan Fest fosters fun for faithful fanatics

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

97th annual New York Baseball Writers’ Dinner Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images

Meet the Mets

The Mets held their first Fan Fest at Citi Field on Saturday, and plenty of team players and personnel were in attendance.

Later that night, the BBWAA awards were handed out, and Jacob deGrom and Pete Alonso accepted their respective awards.

Most pitchers would probably be more than satisfied with two Cy Young awards, but deGrom is not most pitchers.

Alonso was one of the Mets players who vouched for Luis Rojas while the Mets were picking their new skipper.

Rojas’s familial and career backgrounds are two of the big factors that made him an appealing choice for the job.

It seems clear that the Mets roster is ready to head into spring training with Rojas in charge.

One person who was hoping Rojas would not become a manager: his father, Hall of Famer Felipe Alou.

Brandon Nimmo is keeping a positive perspective in spite of the trade rumors surrounding him.

After an abysmal 2019 season, Edwin Diaz is turning to Hall of Famer Pedro Martinez for advice as he looks to rebound in 2020.

Robinson Cano is also hoping to rebound in 2020.

Bob Raissman of the New York Daily News argued that Brodie Van Wagenen needs to be challenged for his influence in the manager’s in-game decision making.

MLB Pipeline released their top 100 prospects yesterday, and the Mets had four representatives on the list.

Ron Darling is officially cancer-free, according to Gary Cohen.

The Fan Fest didn’t make the Mets too busy to make a transaction yesterday, as the club signed infielder Eduardo Nunez to a minor league deal.

Around the National League East

The New York Post compiled some of the major storylines which will help determine the fate of the NL East battle in 2020.

The Braves also held a fan festival on Saturday, which provided an opportunity for both GM Alex Anthopoulos and several players to answer some questions.

The Marlins bolstered their bullpen by signing Brandon Kintzler to a one-year, $3.25 million deal.

Around Major League Baseball

Justin Turner is not feeling too good about the 2017 World Series in the wake of the Astros’ sign-stealing activities being revealed. Dodgers president Stan Kasten agrees.

After speaking publicly about the Astros’ cheating, Mike Fiers got a warm reaction at Oakland’s fan event on Saturday.

MLB.com broke down their top prospect list by team.

The inaugural MLB GRIT girls tour—a new initiative designed to increase female activity in baseball—has officially begun.

In what is unquestionably the most exciting news of the day, we learned that we may not have seen the end of Big Sexy.

Yesterday at Amazin’ Avenue

Chris McShane reviewed the status of the Mets’ payroll heading into the 2020 season.

This Date in Mets History

On this date in 2016, the Mets officially re-signed Yoenis Cespedes after his stellar debut with the team in 2015.