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

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Meet the Mets

The Mets reminded us that we are all one team, and asked us to keep believing in a touching video they posted on social media.

GM Brodie Van Wagenen sent his own thank you to all the health care professionals who are doing their part during the coronavirus epidemic.

The Amazin’ But True podcast, featuring Jake Brown and Nelson Figueroa, talks with Steven Matz about the team’s efforts to help amid the current health crisis.

Matz continued his efforts to help through TRU32 with a donation to the FDNY Foundation’s Covid related Emergency Fund. His foundation was built for moments like this.

The Long Island left-hander is vowing to match dollar-for-dollar the first 100 Purpose of TRUTH shirts sold. All proceeds from shirt sales go to COVID-19 relief.

Marcus Stroman and Dominic Smith took on the NHL’s Tyler Seguin in a virtual beer pong game. The teammates emerged victorious in come-from-behind fashion, with Smith sinking the last cup.

Want to relive all the great moments from Pete Alonso’s rookie season? SNY will be airing a marathon later today.

If you’re especially bored and still tuned in to the virtual Mets’ quest to win a championship, Gary Cohen, Keith Hernandez, and Ron Darling will be broadcasting the simulation on SNY tonight at 8:00pm EST as New York takes on the Astros in Houston.

Who’s the best defender in Mets history? Head over to The Red Seats Pub and discuss with other Mets fans. (Paywall Alert)

The Mets would like to remind you to complete your Census form.

Around the National League East

Bryce Harper is confident that the Phillies will hold on to free agent catcher J.T. Realmuto.

Timothy Miller, who performs during the seventh inning stretch at every Sunday Braves’ game, went around Marietta, Georgia to sing “God Bless America” and lift people’s spirits.

Around Major League Baseball

The league and the Player’s Association are brainstorming ideas on how to play, including hosting all games in empty stadiums in Arizona.

The idea appears to be gaining traction, with teams descending upon the Phoenix area in May and beginning the season after a two or three week long training camp. This would result in a late May or early June opening.

MLB tossed around some more unique ideas in the wake of coronavirus.

Mr. Tiger Al Kaline passed away at the age of 85. Our condolences go out to his family and the entire Tigers organization.

MLBPA Executive Director Tony Clark issued a statement on Kaline’s passing.

Cal Ripken Jr. joined Twitter to help the Cal Ripken Sr. Fund and their partners launch #StrikeOutHunger2020 with Feeding America.

Sheryl Ring of Beyond the Box Score outlined how the MLB Player’s Association is signing its own death warrant.

South Korea could offer some clues as to whether the United States can return to sports sometime soon.

Fangraphs did their best to construct the season fans would want to see.

The program to assist non-roster invitees is an example of players helping out their own. (Paywall alert)

CBS Sports rated all 30 clubs based on their slugging prowess.

Can you identify every MLB team’s highest-ranked prospect ever?

Former Rockies legend Todd Helton will serve a two-day jail sentence following a 2019 DUI arrest.

Yesterday at Amazin’ Avenue

Introduce (or re-introduce) yourself to the Amazin’ Avenue community!

March Bad-ness is down to The Wilpons vs. Chase Utley. Vote vote vote!

Episode 54 of From Complex to Queens went up!

This Date in Mets History

Dwight Gooden made his major league debut on this date in 1984, becoming the second-youngest pitcher to start a game for the franchise. Dr. K picked up the win while striking out five in five innings of work.