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Meet the Mets

Alex Rodriguez invited Pete Alonso to speak on Instagram live. Among other things, Alonso revealed his thoughts on Tiger King, which he just finished binge-watching, while telling A-Rod that he’s been spending his spare time kayaking and cooking.

Alonso also plans to play baseball until he’s 40.

Alonso has been helping lift people’s spirits in these difficult times.

MLB ranked all 118 Cy Young seasons. Jacob deGrom’s 2018 came it at number 16.

Robinson Cano shared his list of the six best players in the game.

Could the Mets turn to Matt Harvey for rotation help?

ESPN will air classic games on Tuesday nights at 7pm EST as part of MLB Encore Tuesdays. First up is Mike Piazza’s iconic post-9/11 home run on Tuesday, March 31.

Around the National League East

NBC Sports Phillies analyst Ricky Bottalico recalls the last time MLB was shut down following the September 11th attacks in 2001.

The Good Phight has begun simulating the Phillies’ season on OOTP, and recapped how their first series went.

Former Braves manager Bobby Cox is facing some health challenges one year after his stroke.

Around Major League Baseball

Bleacher Report examined one team in every division that might be better than people think. They landed on the Marlins in the NL East.

Several players could miss out on some career milestones due to the coronavirus shutdown, like Albert Pujols and Justin Verlander.

Evan Gattis clarified that he has no hard feelings towards Mike Fiers after seemingly insulting him.

Rangers outfielder Joey Gallo has constructed a makeshift batting cage in his home to practice during the quarantine. No word yet on how his neighbors are responding to it.

Red Sox catcher and former Met Kevin Plawecki nailed an impressive golf shot during quarantine.

Yankees’ 39-year-old baseball lifer Erik Kratz is not done yet.

Two Cubs employees have tested positive for COVID-19.

Grant Brisbee compiled an incomplete guide to baseball on the Internet Archive (Paywall Alert)

In the two latest Tedquarters posts, Ted Berg discussed four horrible tips for working at home and took questions from the audience in his Friday Q&A.

Yesterday at Amazin’ Avenue

Our fearless manager and GM Chris McShane led the Mets to two wins in three against the Phillies in his OOTP simulation of the 2020 season.

The staff brought you some delicious distractions with their recipe recommendations!

There’s still a few hours left to vote in the March Bad-ness Sour 16!

This Date in Mets History

Benny Agbayani blasted an eleventh inning grand slam to lift the Mets over a Cubs in their season-opening series in Japan on this date in 2000. The victory gave New York an overseas split with Chicago.