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Mets Morning News: The Japan plan

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

Japan v MLB All Stars - Game 5 Photo by Kiyoshi Ota/Getty Images

Meet the Mets

In one recent scenario being kicked around by MLB for the 2020 season, the Mets would be playing at Port St. Lucie and only face off against Grapefruit League opponents. In this structure, the universal DH would likely be implemented, and this would be good news for Yoenis Cespedes and his ability to play in 2020.

Bill Madden of the New York Daily News took a look back at the 1962 Mets’ home opener.

Newsday continued their position-by-position analysis of the Mets’ roster with first base—a position that has moved from being a question mark to a sure thing.

In case you missed this very important news: Howie Rose has a Twitter. I repeat: Howie Rose has a Twitter.

Around the National League East

The Braves have guaranteed their full-time and part-time employees a salary through May 31—the first team in baseball to do so.

“I am not going to miss the birth of my first child. I don’t care,” said Zack Wheeler in response to possibly being away from his family during the entirety of the season. “I’m going to be there for her and the birth of my child. That’s a fact. I think anybody would do the same thing. Any dad. Whether I have to come back here (Atlanta) and be with her and miss two more weeks because I have to quarantine to play again, so be it.” He is not the only player that will potentially have to face this issue; Mike Trout’s wife is due in August.

Juan Soto is representing the Nationals in the new MLB The Show players’ league. Jeff McNeil is the Mets’ representative.

When asked on Instagram who are the hardest pitchers in baseball to face, Bryce Harper named Jacob deGrom and his two former teammates Max Scherzer and Stephen Strasburg.

Around Major League Baseball

First came the Arizona plan. Then the Florida plan. Now: the Japan plan? According to one MLB source, the league is also considering playing its games in Japan.

Joel Sherman of the New York Post weighs in on some of the bold measures baseball is considering for the 2020 season, including the universal DH, seven inning doubleheaders, and more.

Mike Petriello of reviewed the most important postseason moments in the history of each MLB franchise using cWPA. While the Mookie Wilson/Bill Buckner play is the most heralded postseason moment in Mets history, it is actually Keith Hernandez’s 6th inning single in Game 7 that beat it out by decimal points.

Yesterday at Amazin’ Avenue

Our friends at BreakingT have released a new shirt featuring beloved ‘86 Met, Mookie Wilson.

This Date in Mets History

Happy birthday to former Mets catcher Paul Lo Duca!