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Mets Morning News: Baseball reaches agreement on shortened season

Your Friday morning dose of New York Mets and MLB news, notes, and links.

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Meet the Mets

What the world is dealing with right now is unprecedented, but sports can bring healing during uncertain times which Bobby Valentine knows well.

Voice of the Mets, Howie Rose could have never imagined anything like what is happening now but he too thinks baseball could help bring a feeling of normalcy whenever this crisis ends.

Service time was a major sticking point for the players and with the agreement reached, those who were eligible for free agency at the end of the season will still become free agents which includes Marcus Stroman.

No baseball was played on Opening Day but baseball being pushed back will probably lead to a different Mets lineup than the one that would’ve taken the field had baseball been played as scheduled.

Paul Sewald and Daniel Zamora were optioned to Triple-A before news of the new agreement was reached.

Around the National League East

The Braves have had a lot of talent in their organization over the course of their history, but Talking Chop came up with the ultimate team based on the most impressive individual seasons.

The Marlins’ next wave of prospects look promising and might help them dig out of being perennial cellar dwellers.

The Phillies were also busy and optioned six players toTriple-A.

Around Major League Baseball

The new agreement that was reached between the league and players gave the players the service time they were asking for, but it also puts more money in the pockets of the owners and it is disastrous for minor league players with future drafts being cut.

Fanatics will be using the fabric that they normally use to make jerseys to instead make masks and gowns for medical professionals dealing with the pandemic.

Adam Wainwright and his wife Jenny, made a $250,000 donation to help Cardinals minor leaguers get through this pandemic without having to worry about getting a paycheck.

Rob Manfred claims that the investigation into the Red Sox is complete and that the report will be released sometime before the season begins.

It was supposed to be the most glorious day of the year but all the ballparks were empty on Opening Day and all that is left is the hope that some semblance of normalcy will some day return.

Yesterday at Amazin’ Avenue

While the Amazin’ Avenue staff has a variety of podcasts for you to enjoy they also recommended some others you should listen to.

Vasilis Drimalitis tried to come to terms with spending Opening Day without baseball being played.

We have now entered the round of 16 in the March Bad-ness Tournament. The voting gets tougher so choose wisely.

This Date in Mets History

Happy Birthday Brandon Nimmo and Matt Harvey!