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Mets Morning News: More like Rob Badfred

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New York Mets infielder Pete Alonso Signs Autographs at Spring Training Photo by Alejandra Villa Loraca/Newsday via Getty Images

Meet the Mets

While the average fan’s hopes may not be as high, baseball’s projection systems have their reasons for liking the Mets.

Jed Lowrie’s “not irreparably broken” leg brace has people asking a lot of questions already answered by his brace.

A year removed from nagging knee nuisances, Robinson Cano expects to be back to the old him in 2020.

If the Mets are going to succeed this season, a lot of their hopes hinge on ten particular players.

WCBS 880 paid tribute to World War II veteran, Purple Heart recipient, and longtime Mets usher Luke Gasparre.

Despite all the money and opportunities that tried to drag him away from baseball, Tim Tebow is more than happy staying right where he is in Syracuse.

Jacob deGrom, Steven Matz, Michael Conforto, and others took part in a clinic for Special Olympians and their families.

Vibes and motivation are at an all time high as Marcus Stroman looks to prove those who doubted him wrong, especially Brian Cashman.

As of today, Yoenis Cespedes will be an official member of the Mets’ team workouts.

Around the National League East

With defensive positioning on his side, Braves’ brass believe that Marcell Ozuna can excel despite his limitations in the field.

Dave Martinez has high hopes that Starlin Castro will have a productive season after choosing a team for the first time on his own accord.

Around Major League Baseball

Rob Manfred entered the Hall of Bad Press Conferences as he spoke to the media at length about the Astros’ cheating scandal revealing the league knew about the buzzers but isn’t sure they’re real, the Red Sox investigation will be finished by the end of the week while also saying he believes the World Series is nothing more than a piece of metal and shouldn’t be stripped from Houston, and getting questionably spicy with a reporter for literally doing their job.

Pitchers that hit any of the Houston Astros with pitches in the upcoming season will face harsher punishments than any member of the can clan.

As African-American participation in baseball continues to decline from the heyday of decades past, Tim Anderson is here to show kids that “...being black and playing baseball is cool.” ($)

To give Spring Training bullpens that real world feel, the San Francisco Giants have hired umpires to call balls and strikes during practice.

Yu Darvish, a man who was impacted by the Astros’ cheating ways more than any other, believes the 2017 World Series title should be stripped from Houston.

Later in the day, Darvish took to Twitter and mercilessly brutalized a chirping Astros fanatic.

This Date in Mets History

Roger Craig, the first starter and first loser in the history of the New York Mets, turns 90-years-old today!