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Mets Morning News: Sports could return in August or September, which is bad news for baseball

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

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Meet the Mets

Ron Darling’s hope is waning that there will be a baseball season this year.

Observers believe that Noah Syndergaard’s reliance on the two-seam fastball and a hard slider are what led to his elbow issues.

Marcus Stroman showed off his new makeshift pier bullpen setup at his Florida home on social media.

Around the National League East

Arts and crafts are now a part of Max Scherzer’s daily routine, as he spends more time with his family with baseball on hold. Similarly, Ryan Zimmerman joked that it is easier to handle a clubhouse than two kids.

Austin Riley and Johan Camargo had been competing for the Braves’ third base job before baseball was suspended. Braves GM Alex Anthopoulos revealed that there was a good chance both players were going to make the Opening Day roster.

“I would say first and foremost that everybody, no matter their role, is getting used to doing their jobs in a different way,” Phillies GM Matt Klentak said to the Philadelphia Inquirer. “For me, that has meant a lot of time spent on the phone and spent on Zoom conference calls or Google hangout calls, trying to figure out the best way to communicate with large groups of people throughout the organization and keep everybody connected.”

Around Major League Baseball

On a conference call with the sports commissioners, President Trump expressed hope that sports could return sometime in August or September, in time for the NFL season to begin on time. Of course, in this scenario, it would be hard to imagine a meaningful baseball season being played.

Joel Sherman compiled a list of the best late-round draft picks in MLB history to shine the spotlight on the types of players that may never get their shot moving forward with the reduced draft. The Post also put together a poll where you can vote for the best picks in rounds 6-20 in baseball history.

Justin Verlander plans to donate all of his paychecks during baseball’s shutdown to coronavirus relief efforts.

Former Met Joe Smith and his wife Allie LaForce are having hundreds of meals delivered to hospitals from local restaurants in the Cleveland and Houston areas.

This Date in Mets History

It’s Opening Day somewhere in the history books. Tom Seaver made his eleventh Opening Day start for the Mets on this date in 1983.