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Mets Morning News: Mets beat Cardinals as Nimmo makes his return

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MLB: Spring Training-St. Louis Cardinals at New York Mets Jim Rassol-USA TODAY Sports

Meet the Mets

The Mets beat the Cardinals 3-2 yesterday in Port St. Lucie. Amongst the highlights were two innings by Marcus Stroman and a homer by prospect Andres Gimenez.

Brandon Nimmo and his big heart were back in action on Friday after having to take some time off to get some additional cardiac testing.

The Mets have said that Stroman is essentially Zack Wheeler’s replacement this season, so it will be interesting now that the latter is with their division rivals to see if the team made the right choice.

Brodie Van Wagenen discussed the thinking that led the Mets to hire both Carlos Beltran and Luis Rojas as their managers this offseason, how a healthy Yoenis Cespedes could impact the 2020 team, and where the pitching staff stands heading into the season.

Robinson Cano will not push his body too hard as he aims to continue playing baseball deep into his late thirties.

Luis Rojas has all the potential to be a great manager for the Mets.

Ron Darling opened up about his recent (and victorious!) battle with cancer.

Dwight Gooden explained how he dealt with sign-stealing during his playing days and offered his thoughts on the current controversies surrounding the issue.

Around the National League East

Joe Girardi announced that Andrew McCutchen will open the 2020 season on the injured list as he continues his recovery from a torn ACL in his left knee.

Mike Soroka made his spring training debut for the Braves on Friday.

Stephen Strasburg also made his debut yesterday, and he saw positives and negatives in his performance.

Fish Stripes evaluated the Marlins’ 2020 depth chart.

Around Major League Baseball

Giancarlo Stanton is feeling demoralized after yet another injury.

The Astros and Red Sox were warned by Joe Torre that their illegal sign-stealing activities would eventually be exposed.

Anybody who’s looking for an AL West team to pledge their allegiance to against the Astros should consider the Angels.

Any players who are on the 40-man rosters of major league teams but not on their active rosters will be eligible to play in the qualifying tournaments for the World Baseball Classic.

The league removed marijuana from its banned substance list, but that doesn’t mean they won’t penalize players for blazing up.

The tragic story of Orioles pitcher Steve Bechler has been largely forgotten, but it shouldn’t be.

Yesterday at Amazin’ Avenue

Chris McShane provided the outlook on Michael Wacha heading into the 2020 season.

If you loved the story about the Mets’ cookie club as much as most human beings with souls did, help yourself to a Queens Cookie Club tee-shirt.

This Date in Mets History

Not too much happened for the Mets on this particular date, given that it only comes around once every four years, but random historical Met Terrence Long turns 44 today!