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Meet the Mets

Steve Gelbs, J.D. Davis, and Dominic Smith welcomed Jeff McNeil onto the third episode of The Cookie Club with special guest star Willow McNeil.

Gary, Keith, and Ron tackled their latest challenge with their typical professionalism and charm, but calling a virtual game had it’s challenges for the beloved trio.

Gary Cohen is hoping there still will be baseball this season even if it is severely condensed.

Wilson Ramos is also missing the game and is longing to be back at the stadium.

Steven Matz is trying to keep busy but he is worried about his family that still lives in the area.

Marcus Stroman is working out at home with Jose Bautista who he swears could pitch in the major leagues.

Like many others trying to do their jobs right now, Luis Rojas has made good use of technology to keep in contact with his players and staff so they will be prepared when baseball returns.

Everyone will be affected by the delayed season but for Jacob deGrom, his Hall of Fame chances could take a significant hit since his career started a bit late.

The Athletic writers covering the Mets and Yankees had a chat to discuss what could possibly lie ahead for the two teams.

Around the National League East

The Braves celebrated the anniversary of the night that Hank Aaron passed Babe Ruth to become the Home Run King.

Assuming a draft takes place, what could a Marlins draft look like this year?

The Nationals teamed up with Chef Jose Andres to give away free meals at Nationals Park to help those who are struggling right now.

Around Major League Baseball

An infectious disease physician weighed in on the Arizona Plan and why it simply won’t work unless there is readily available testing for the coronavirus.

Ted Berg was also not shy voicing his opinion about the Arizona Plan in his Tedquarters blog.

Ahead of the draft, the league is creating a database where players can submit videos of themselves for scouts to use in order to make it safer for everyone given the current circumstances.

Former Cardinals first baseman Mark Hamilton is set to graduate from medical school and will start helping people battling this awful pandemic in New York as early as June.

The Korean Baseball Organization is setting a target date in May for baseball to resume as their situation continues to improve.

Former Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton was indicted on a third-degree felony charge of an injury to a child following his arrest in October.

Yesterday at Amazin’ Avenue

On Episode 44 of A Pod of Their Own, author Brian Wright joined the show to discuss his book The New York Mets All-Time All-Stars.

If you had to be quarantined in a house with five Mets, which house would you choose?

This Date in Mets History

After raising their National League Championship banner at Shea, the Mets handily defeated the Braves 9-4 led by Mike Piazza’s two home runs on this date in 2001.