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Mets Morning News: Cohen makes great first impression on Mets fans

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

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Meet the Mets

Yesterday was a historic day in the history of the New York Mets as Steve Cohen was introduced as the new owner of the franchise. By all accounts, Cohen knocked it out of the park, setting a high bar for the team he has always dreamed of owning.

During the press conference, Cohen was asked if he would support his players protesting, to which he responded “Black lives do matter” and continued, saying if his players would like to express themselves, they’re entitled to do so.

Cohen also made it clear that it is his goal to make the Mets ‘iconic’, something Sandy Alderson echoed as well, which Marc Carig wrote about here.

At one point while talking, Cohen joked he didn’t remember who the other bidders were for the team, and said he hadn’t heard from Alex Rodriguez, but that he wishes him well.

Cohen also stated he’s not here to make money, and just wants to make Mets fans happy by winning.

Joel Sherman writes that while Cohen was able to wow Mets fans, he also served as the exact opposite of what we were so accustomed to seeing with the Wilpon’s as owners.

The press conference sounded like hope for the Mets faithful David Lennon said.

With Steve Cohen now owner of the Mets, Katie Baker asks if fans will finally get what they want.

We also learned during the press conference from Sandy Alderson that Luis Rojas is likely to return as manager in the 2021 season.

It was also announced yesterday that the Columbia Fireflies and Kingsport Mets will no longer be minor league affiliates to the franchise.

Later in the day when appearing on WFAN, Alderson said he thought free agent Trevor Bauer would be a great personality in New York, hinting that they Mets may have interest in the righty.

Ray Daviault, a member of the 1962 Mets, passed away at the age of 86.

Around the National League East

After seeing his team be decimated by COVID-19 early in the season and then making the playoffs, Marlins manager Don Mattingly was named National League Manager of the Year.

Talking Chop takes a look at some of the biggest needs the Braves have this offseason.

Around Major League Baseball

In the American League, Rays manager Kevin Cash was named Manager of the Year.

Alex Cora was reintroduced as manager of the Red Sox on Tuesday afternoon. Cora apologized for his role in the Astros’ cheating scandal and said he served his penalty.

More details regarding the arrest of Tony La Russa came out yesterday, as he said “I’m a Hall of Famer baseball person” while being placed in the back of a police car after being charged with driving under the influence.

Ken Rosenthal wonders how the White Sox can continue to defend their hiring of La Russa.

James Paxton is “close” to being ready to throw for talent evaluators. His agent Scott Boras said there is a lot of interest in the free agent pitcher.

Yesterday at Amazin’ Avenue

Brian Salvatore covered some of the highlights from Steve Cohen and Sandy Alderson’s press conference.

This Date in Mets History

On this date in 1998, Bobby Bonilla returned to the Mets.