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2019 BBWAA Awards Dinner

Meet the Mets

David Wright, the last Met to hold the title of team Captain, sees the makings of a captain in Pete Alonso.

Alonso has transformed the first base position from a question mark to an exclamation mark. The last first baseman to make an All Star appearance prior to the rookie was Keith Hernandez in 1987.

On the 53rd anniversary of Tom Seaver’s first career start, Deesha Thosar talked about how Jacob deGrom is vying to reach his untouchable class of pitching.

deGrom discussed spending more time with his family and missing time during the prime of his career.

Mets players continued paying tribute to Anthony Causi, who passed away on Sunday after battling coronavirus. The Mets held a virtual moment of silence for the late photographer.

Marc Carig shared a touching tribute to Causi as well.

A GoFundMe has been set up to help Causi’s family, if you would like to lend support.

Tim Graham of The Athletic had a candid conversation with his favorite player, Dwight Gooden. (Paywall Alert)

The Mets asked fans to pick their quaranTEAMS.

A particularly tough Mets loss inspired Julian Casablancas of The Strokes to write the song “Ode to the Mets” on the band’s latest album, “The New Abnormal”.

Around the National League East

Phillies’ outfielder Andrew McCutchen officially introduced everyone to his alter ego.

By at least one major, the Nationals acquiring Gio Gonzalez is the best trade in team history.

Matt Snyder of CBS believes the Nationals own baseball’s best rotation.

The Braves have committed to paying their team employees through May 31, which will cover “staff”.

Marlins’ skipper Don Mattingly discussed his routine while waiting for the season to start.

Around Major League Baseball

Baseball has restarted in Taiwan with robots and mannequins in the crowd in lieu of fans.

Tim Kurkjian highlighted the first time in baseball history that a batter featured a pitcher and a catcher with a last name starting with a “Q”.

Baseball Prospectus examined several ways to measure defense in baseball.

There are some unique and wild reasons why major league ballparks have different dimensions.

Craig Edwards of ESPN has graded the best and worst trades for American League GMs.

Orioles’ outfielder Trey Mancini continues to recover after surgery to remove a malignant tumor.

Yesterday at Amazin’ Avenue

Voting is now open for the First Round of the UltiMET of the Millennium Madness Tournament! You can vote for 2000-2004, 2005-2009, 2010-2014, and 2015-2019!

A Pod of Their Own is asking you to share your favorite Mets player, and why they are your favorite! Drop by Twitter or send them an email with your submissions!

This Date in Mets History

One day after Seaver made his major league debut, Jerry Koosman followed with his major league debut on this date in 1967. The two would go on to form one of the best one-two punches in franchise history and were a pivotal part of the team’s 1969 Miracle Mets World Series run. The club had made plans to retire Koosman’s number 36 this season.