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Mets Morning News: Major League Baseball agrees to pay minor leaguers during the suspension of play

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Meet the Mets

The Mets and Marlins series that was due to take place in Puerto Rico has been officially cancelled.

Marcus Stroman took to social media to recruit a Dream Team for next year’s World Baseball Classic and so far quite a few stars are interested in representing the United States, including teammate Pete Alonso.

To the surprise of nobody, Curtis Granderson continues to be an amazing human being and is working to help those suffering right now.

Former Met Doug Flynn is also helping those affected in his hometown in Kentucky.

Andres Gimenez struggled last season but he was starting to look like a top prospect once again before spring training was shut down.

Around the National League East

When baseball resumes, prospect Tyler Owens could be poised for a breakout season with Atlanta.

The Phillies seemingly shored up their pitching in the offseason but questions still remain.

Around Major League Baseball

Major League Baseball actually stepped up and did the right thing by agreeing to pay the minor leaguers their wages through April 8. It’s a start but it works out to be only about $400 a week and so far there has been no announcement about what will happen after that date.

Service time remains a contentious sticking point between the league and the players as they try to figure out the particulars of the season if it resumes.

Chris Sale will undergo Tommy John surgery but it is unclear how he will get the procedure done since most hospitals are forgoing nonessential procedures right now as they deal with the pandemic.

Giants pitcher Tyler Beede is also scheduled to undergo Tommy John surgery after he injured himself earlier in the month.

The situation everyone is in is unprecedented and baseball will have to be careful when play resumes so that pitchers don’t get injured from the lack of spring training games.

Yesterday at Amazin’ Avenue

Allison McCague posted the final King of Spring Training poll.

Vasilis Drimalitis created a March Bad-ness bracket of Mets villains and the first two regions are up for a vote, Mets Killers and Bad Guys.

This Date in Mets History

On March 20, 1961 the Yankees announced that the Mets were not welcome to play at Yankee Stadium. The Mets instead turned to the Polo Grounds which became their first home.