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Meet the Mets

The Mets have given New York City’s Emergency Management office permission to use Citi Field’s parking lot as a COVID-19 testing site.

Marcus Stroman is doing his part to help out during the coronavirus crisis.

Andy Martino provided a long-overdue (and too-little-too-late) explanation of why his portrayal of Matt Harvey was self-serving and helped dehumanize him.

Deesha Thosar looks at five rewatchable Mets classics you could spend time revisiting while you wait for baseball to return.

Mets’ top prospect Ronny Mauricio received his high school diploma over the offseason.

Justin Toscano reveals how three Mets’ minor leaguers are handling the delay in the season.

Josh Lewin is staying busy by doing play-by-play of fans doing everyday activities.

Around the National League East

Phillies’ manager Joe Girardi shared a video message with fans about how he’s passing the time.

Rhys Hoskins’ dog Rookie can show us the many moods of working from home.

Without baseball, Nationals’ infielder Ryan Zimmerman is a creature without his natural habitat.

Daniel Hudson reflects on an uplifting moment in his career one year after being cut.

Around Major League Baseball

In recent legal filings, the Astros insist that they have sincerely apologies for the sign-stealing scandal. (Paywall alert)

The two Yankees’ minor leaguers who contracted coronavirus have “recovered” according to Aaron Boone.

Pirates players purchased 400+ pizzas and more for Allegheny General Hospital to show support for hospital workers and for local Pittsburgh businesses.

Todd Vertucci asked for more civility from baseball fans when the sport returns, in what can best be described as an “old man yells at cloud” article.

Joel Sherman did a deep dive into how the Yankees’ talent strategy debunks popular myth.

Even in baseball, sometimes distance is the best thing for everybody.

Jeff Passan looks at Rajai Davis’ Game 7 heroics in the 2016 World Series as one of the best home runs he’s ever seen.

The Fantasy Baseball Today crew took the time to drafting the best fictional Fantasy baseball team ever.

Yesterday at Amazin’ Avenue

Looking for some great TV shows to stream while you wait for baseball to watch? All of us at Amazin’ Avenue have you covered with our TV recommendations.

March Bad-ness reached the Round of 32, and you can now vote in for the villains who advanced in the Mets Killers and Bad Guys regions, and in the Playoff Villains and Self-loathing regions.

Episode 52 of From Complex to Queens went up!

This Date in Mets History

The Mets acquired Jason Bay on this day in 2002...before he became one of the most mocked free agent signings in franchise history. GM Steve Phillips picked the 22-year-old minor leaguer up in exchange for Lou Collier, but ended up flipping him later in the year for reliever Steve Reed. Bay would return to the team later in his career, but fans know the rest.