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Mets Morning News: MLB teams urged to practice social distancing

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Meet the Mets

The Mets closed their minor league facility in response to the coronavirus epidemic.

As of yesterday morning, Luis Rojas and many of the Mets’ players and coaches were planning on staying in Port St. Lucie for the time being.

Around the National League East

The Marlins have shut down their team complex after CEO Derek Jeter met with players and coaches on Sunday.

Around Major League Baseball

Major League Baseball has instructed all teams to cease organized workouts in order to comply with the federal government’s recommendation to practice social distancing in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

It’s entirely possible that the start of the season could be pushed back several months.

The league is going to have to use caution when they finally do decide to resume play.

One of the big questions facing MLB teams is whether or not they will continue to pay their hourly workers who are impacted by this shutdown.

An unidentified Yankees minor league player has tested positive for COVID-19. He is the first confirmed case of an afflicted player in baseball. All of the Yankees’ minor league players have been instructed to self-quarantine for two weeks.

Anyone looking for ways to occupy themselves during their newfound time at home should consider watching one of these classic baseball movies or games.

Yesterday at Amazin’ Avenue

Lukas Vlahos pondered whether Rene Rivera is a superior backup catching option to Tomas Nido.

This Date in Mets History

The construction of Shea Stadium got an official seal of approval from the New York State Legislature on this date in 1961.