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Meet the Mets

Mets broadcaster Howie Rose chatted with Deesha Thosar of the New York Daily News about joining Twitter, what his days have been like without baseball, his thoughts on the various proposed plans for the 2020 season, and more.

Meanwhile, Ron Darling wrote a guest post for SNY about what he and his family have been up to without baseball.

Pete Alonso wrote a short inspirational message to fans, which SportsCenter brought to life in video form.

Noah Syndergaard is auctioning off a very special experience and chance to meet Thor himself, with proceeds going to No Kid Hungry.

Nick Giampietro—better known to Shea Stadium and Citi Field faithful as “Pin Man”—has been diagnosed with coronavirus after already losing his mother to the pandemic. The Mets family is thinking of him during this difficult time.

Around the National League East

In a recent interview with El Nuevo Herald, Yasiel Puig confirmed that the Miami Marlins were among the teams that made him offers, but he rebuked their attempts to lure him to Miami, saying that he wanted a bigger contract and also felt that the heavily Cuban Marlins fanbase may have unrealistic expectations of him. He also told El Nuevo Herald that he doesn’t believe there will be a baseball season in 2020, but he is staying positive.

The Phillies have joined the Braves in announcing that their full-time employees will be paid through May 31. The Giants have also followed suit and most teams are expected to do the same.

Fox Sports Southeast will be airing the entire Braves’ 1995 World Series from April 27 through May 2.

NBC Sports Washington continued their series of articles about the Nationals’ biggest strengths they are looking forward to once baseball does return with a piece about Sean Doolittle’s calm demeanor and leadership on the mound.

Around Major League Baseball

The New York Times gave us an updated timeline with the status of all of the major sports.

Even if we do have baseball this year, it’s going to look very different.

David Schoenfield of ESPN broke down who the playoff teams would have been the past few years if the season had been shortened.

Major League Baseball continues to post PSA-style videos encouraging everyone to do their part to flatten the curve.

As the debate about 2020 compensation rages on, the announcement by the NBA that player salaries would be cut by 25% starting May 15 could have an impact on MLB’s negotiations.

Ted Berg answered questions about games without fans and more for his Friday Q&A at Tedquarters.net.

Yesterday at Amazin’ Avenue

Chris McShane challenged us to name every player that played on the 2006 Mets.

This Date in Mets History

On April 19, 2005, the Mets managed to hit seven home runs in one game against the Phillies at Citizen’s Bank Park.