Meet the Mets
Grapefruit League action is about to get underway and The Athletic put together a handy guide of terms that will define the Mets this spring (paywall alert).
New Met Rick Porcello will help get the action started which will give him the chance to put last season behind him.
Jeurys Familia is also hoping to move on from last year and so far he is happy with the early results.
Pete Alonso on the other hand doesn’t have much to improve upon except for his defense and he is looking to replicate some of Keith Hernandez’s successes.
Amed Rosario also had a breakout season in 2019 and his hitting coach believes he could be even better in 2020.
The Mets have quite a few players in camp who are recovering from Tommy John surgery and they each took a different path to get back on the field.
Drew Smith and Franklyn Kilome are two of those players attempting to come back and they have the potential to contribute to the team this year.
Jacob deGrom took no prisoners when he faced live batters on the mound, including Yoenis Cespedes who fell victim to deGrom’s stuff.
Around the National League East
Catcher J.T. Realmuto lost his arbitration case against the Phillies and will make $10 million this season. Manager Joe Girardi clarified the video that went viral that seemed to suggest the Yankees were cheating while he was the manager.
Around Major League Baseball
Meet the new ESPN Sunday night crew, same as the old ESPN Sunday night crew minus Jessica Mendoza.
General managers from across the league weighed in on whether or not they would know if their team was up to anything illegal (paywall alert).
David Ortiz was not happy with Mike Fiers being a whistleblower and instead sided with Rob Manfred and how he handled the situation. Fiers revealed he has been receiving death threats since the scandal broke.
The Yankees shut down Luis Severino after he experienced some forearm soreness the day before he was scheduled to throw live batting practice.
It is the 20th anniversary of the 2000 Olympics where the United States took home the gold medal in baseball, upsetting powerhouse Cuba.
Yesterday at Amazin’ Avenue
On Episode 33 of Amazin’ Avenue Audio (The Show) Brian and Chris get ready for their trip to Port St. Lucie.
Vas Drimalitis argued that Brandon Nimmo is far cry from a fourth outfielder.
This Date in Mets History
On this date in 1974, Tom Seaver became the highest paid pitcher in major league history when he signed a one-year deal worth $172,000.