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Meet the Mets

As the original founder of the Cookie Club, David Wright absolutely crushed his guest appearance on J.D. Davis, Dominic Smith, and Steve Gelbs’s weekly podcast and was a very welcome sight during these baseball-less times.

During that segment, the Captain admitted to seeing similarities between the current team and some of the teams he played on and he is excited for the future the Mets.

He also told a story about just how intense Jacob deGrom can get and how he ended up with a ripped jersey that he wants the 2x Cy Young Award winner to sign.

Perhaps it is that competitiveness that led to Rockies’ superstar Nolan Arenado calling deGromthe best pitcher in the game.

Pete Alonso continues to push for the return of the black uniforms but the debate rages on if that should eventually happen.

Jeff McNeil’s competitiveness has now been channeled into playing MLB: The Show and he has been nominated in several categories for awards, but really one award should go to Willow McNeil.

Brandon Nimmo is still penciled in to be the centerfielder should the season resume, and what he lacks in defensive abilities he makes up for in his elite skills at the plate.

SNY wonders if Matt Harvey was unappreciated as a Met after they spent years tearing down the former ace.

The Mets and Yankees still have not revealed what their ticket refund policy will be despite many other teams doing so.

Bobby Valentine is again stepping up to help those in need during this current crisis much like he did in 2001.

Around the National League East

The Marlins’ former president David Samson has no regrets about trading Miguel Cabrera.

The Sim Phillies played a doubleheader against the Giants and ended up splitting the two games.

Several Washington players shared their thoughts on the rumored plans for starting up baseball again and they agree safety should be a top priority.

Around Major League Baseball

There will be no induction ceremonies in Cooperstown this year. Instead the Hall of Fame class of 2020 will be inducted with next year’s class in a joint ceremony.

Several teams announced their ticket refund policy for games that have been postponed due to the pandemic.

Dr. Anthony Fauci thinks the return of baseball will be a welcome respite from all of the stress this pandemic has caused but on the other hand he thinks it is still too soon to play baseball.

Baseball, like all other sports, is considering resuming play without fans in the stands, but for baseball they already experienced this once before. It has been five years since the White Sox and Orioles played in an empty stadium in Baltimore and those involved relived that unprecedented day.

Manny Ramirez still has a dream of playing baseball and hopes to be a player-coach in Taiwan.

Minor League Baseball refuted an earlier report that their season has been canceled.

Yesterday at Amazin’ Avenue

On Episode 46 of A Pod of Their Own, Ginny Searle of Baseball Prospectus stopped by to discuss a whole variety of topics.

This Date in Mets History

On this date in 2002, Al Leiter defeated the Arizona Diamondbacks which made him the first pitcher in major league history to win against all 30 teams.