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Meet the Mets

Mets fans are intimately familiar with the Trade that Wasn’t Made involving Wilmer Flores, but now, five years later, the trade has more far-reaching consequences.

The roar of the crowd can mean something so much more than simple joy over a home run as we saw after 9/11, so when baseball returns should it be with empty ballparks?

The Mets were planning on retiring Jerry Koosman’s number in a ceremony this year, but who should be the next Met to join the others above Citi Field?

Former Met John Franco sent a message about the importance of social distancing and Amed Rosario offered his support to those fighting this pandemic on the front lines.

To thank the healthcare workers selflessly and tirelessly helping others, Citi Field lit up in blue to send a message that all the workers’ efforts are deeply appreciated.

Not every player can be productive throughout their entire Met careers so The Athletic took a look at some one-hit wonders in Mets history.

Around the National League East

Forbes came out with a list of the most valuable franchises in the majors and Atlanta came in at twelfth on the list with a value of 1.8 billion.

Several Marlins’ players are on the mend and could be healthy when baseball starts up again.

The Good Phight chatted with Ruben Amaro Jr. about his time as Phillies’ general manager.

Several teams have experienced a World Series hangover the following season after they win, so this delay could end up benefiting the Nationals.

Around Major League Baseball

Several minor league teams might not financially survive if the 2020 season is not played or played without fans.

The New York Yankees are far and away MLB’s most valuable franchise with a value of $5 billion. They are second in all of sports behind only the Dallas Cowboys. The Mets finished just outside the top five and are worth 2.4 billion.

Mark Reynolds announced his retirement after thirteen seasons in the majors.

There are many iconic moments in major league history that everyone remembers, but not many remember the plays that set up those moments and without them would not be possible.

The Arizona Plan has so many obstacles facing it that it seems nearly impossible that it could be reasonably implemented.

Yesterday at Amazin’ Avenue

The Mets seemingly will not be active in the international market but that could change when contracts are handed out in July.

Brian Salvatore sat down with Blake Jamieson, a local artist involved in Project 2020 by Topps where they recreate famous baseball cards.

Chris McShane’s Mets traveled to Milwaukee to face the Brewers after stumbling a bit against the Astros.

Vasilis Drimalitis crowned a winner in the March Badness tournament but he also started a much more pleasant one.

This Date in Mets History

On this date in 1969, Tommie Agee went where nobody else had gone before. He blasted a home run into the upper deck at Shea and was forever immortalized with a marker on the stairs where the ball landed.