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Mets Morning News: The shortened season’s impact on Hall of Fame hopes and service time

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Meet the Mets

Jeff McNeil feels like a blast from the past as far as his approach at the plate, compared to today’s products of the launch angle evolution. Matt Cerrone of SNY compares McNeil to players from other eras.

In the absence of actual baseball games, Pete Alonso and his fiancé Haley faced off in MLB The Show.

Inducting Gil Hodges into the Hall of Fame is overdue, writes Kevin Kernan of the New York Post.

Around the National League East

The Braves have optioned Touki Toussaint to Triple-A Gwinnett.

During this time away from baseball, Talking Chop is strolling down memory lane.

During the coronavirus pandemic, players are having to find unique ways to stay in shape. Marlins prospect Nic Ready has chosen an especially unique method.

Citizen’s Bank Park began being used as a COVID-19 testing site on Friday.

Around Major League Baseball

Every game from the 2018 and 2019 seasons, including the postseason, is now accessible for free via MLB.tv.

“I don’t think you can play a 60-game season and you call yourself a champion,” Mariano Rivera said to Michael Kay on ESPN on Friday, going on to say that the sample size for this season will likely be not large enough to determine the best team.

Joel Sherman wrote about players for whom the abbreviated season may ultimately hurt their Hall of Fame chances. Robinson Cano and Jacob deGrom were among the players that could be impacted.

Major League Baseball and the players are currently negotiating about how issues of service time will be handled in this unprecedented situation. Agent Seth Levinson spoke to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic about the situation, saying in part, “In the worst-case scenario, both sides will have suffered substantial losses; however, it is the players who will suffer the most significant damage with the irretrievable loss of a precious year of their careers.”

This Date in Mets History

The first Mets/Yankees spring training matchup took place on this date in 1962.