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

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Meet the Mets

Dominic Smith and J.D. Davis joined Steve Gelbs for the second episode of The Cookie Club where they discussed their favorite jerseys and Pete Alonso’s dance skills.

Jeff McNeil started a fundraiser where he is giving away a pair of signed cleats to help raise money for those affected by the pandemic.

Rusty Staub would’ve turned 76 on April 1 and it is in times of greatest need where he is truly missed.

Mets’ PA announcer Colin Cosell is recording walk-up intros for any fan that would like to imagine themselves walking to the plate at Citi Field.

Jigsaw puzzles are helping Keith Hernandez stay busy during quarantine but the trio of Gary, Keith, and Ron have come up with a way to stay connected to Mets fans until baseball returns.

Ron Darling does not think we will be seeing Carlos Beltran welcomed back into baseball any time soon.

The Mets could use this time wisely and lock up four players long term.

April 1 was the anniversary of Sidd Finch and one of the greatest baseball-related pranks of all time.

Around the National League East

The Braves have five prospects in their system who need a 2020 season to happen for a variety of reasons but mostly because they will be another year older.

The last time the Marlins won 80 games was exactly 10 years ago when the team had some stars on it.

Jacob deGrom outdueled Zack Wheeler and Jeff McNeil continued to crush the Phillies in The Good Phight’s sim of the game.

Carter Kieboom was hoping to be the heir apparent to Anthony Rendon’s place at third for Washington but along with everything else, that is very much up in the air right now.

Around Major League Baseball

The latest discussion about the 2020 season, is a 100-game season that would start on July 1.

The London series between the Cubs and Cardinals scheduled for June 13-14 was officially canceled by Major League Baseball.

Shin-Soo Choo is donating $1000 to each minor leaguer in the Rangers system to help them get through this difficult time.

Another player who is committing to the minor leaguers is old friend Daniel Murphy who is donating $100,000 to organizations who help minor leaguers and their families.

What will a second spring training look like? They can look to the 1995 season for guidance when baseball returned after the strike.

Yesterday at Amazin’ Avenue

On Episode 43 of A Pod of Their Own, Noah Syndergaard’s Tommy John surgery was discussed as well as some of the best games listeners have seen live.

Steve Sypa looked back on prospect Hayden Finch.

This Date in Mets History

Davey Johnson made his managerial debut on this date in 1984 which ended in an 8-1 loss to the Reds.