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Both J.D. Davis and Jake Marisnick spoke out about the sign stealing scandal on Thursday, expressing regret for their role in it. Tim Britton of The Athletic took a look at how much each player may have been helped by the scheme.
The Mets poked a little fun at Noah Syndergaard’s expense during their spring training workout yesterday.
Jeff Wilpon talked to Steve Serby of the New York Post about the aftermath of the Bernie Madoff scheme, the sale of the team, and more.
Will this finally be the year where Noah Syndergaard reaches true ace level?
Given the Mets’ crowded depth chart at the first base position, Matt Adams will take reps in left field.
The NL East is bound to be a competitive division again this season. David Lennon of Newsday thinks the Mets are going to need attitude to come out on top.
Around the National League East
The Nationals prepared to face the Astros in the World Series by having “extremely elaborate signs,” according to catcher Yan Gomes. Sean Doolittle also commented on the negative impact the scandal has on the trust in the game on the part of fans.
‘’I think a big step I can take is taking the mental game to the next level,’’ Max Fried said of his spring training preparation.
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Carlos Correa pushed back forcefully on Cody Bellinger’s assertion that the Astros have been “cheating for three years.” He also insisted that Jose Altuve, who Bellinger said stole the American League MVP Award from Aaron Judge in 2017, “was the one guy that didn’t use the trash can.”
Correa also now claims that the reason Altuve did not want his shirt ripped off had nothing to do with a hidden buzzer, but rather with an embarrassing tattoo.
Dusty Baker, the new manager of the Astros, urged teams and players to not play beanball in retaliation against his team. “I’m just hoping that the league puts a stop to this before somebody gets hurt,” Baker said.
The Astros’ reputation has now apparently sunk so low that no Little League teams in Long Beach or East Fullerton, California will be named the Astros this season.
Although Joel Sherman of the New York Post writes that a desire to prove themselves against their detractors may be a motivating factor for the Astros to win it all in 2020.
Adam Ottavino doesn’t think that anger will be a motivator for the Yankees in 2020, though.
Ty Buttrey has an intercostal injury, but is expected to be ready in time for the season.
Yesterday at Amazin’ Avenue
Linda Surovich previewed J.D. Davis’ season.
This Date in Mets History
Today, we remember legendary Met Gary Carter, who passed away on this date in 2012.