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Mets Morning News: Former manger Art Howe hospitalized with COVID-19

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Meet the Mets

Prayers for former manager Art Howe who is the ICU battling COVID-19.

Dwight Gooden reflected on his no-hitter and how his life could’ve ended up quite differently.

Rick Porcello was hoping to have a bounce back season with his childhood team but now those dreams are on hold as he waits for baseball to resume.

Jacob deGrom’s 2019 season hit a rough patch in the beginning of the year but he proved to be the exact same pitcher from the previous season once he got through it.

Around the National League East

Talking Chop looked back on the career of Phil Niekro, the righty who confounded hitters with his knuckleball.

Who was the best Marlins pitcher in the 2000s?

The Sim Phillies played a sim doubleheader against the sim Dodgers and split the two simulated games.

The Nationals will be hosting a Call of Duty tournament with fans to help raise money for charity.

Around Major League Baseball

Commissioner Rob Manfred outlined what the plan is for baseball to return and how testing and positive cases will be handled.

There is some inherent risk with this plan and Blake Snell does not think is life is worth it, especially at a reduced pay rate.

The players are putting their health at risk so billionaires won’t lose money but some columnists think that is just petty nonsense.

The Reds are the latest team to announce staffing changes due to this pandemic. They are laying off about a quarter of their staff and reducing pay for others starting June 1.

The delay to the start of the season has helped Aaron Judge recover from is injuries and he could be ready to go when play resumes.

Yesterday at Amazin’ Avenue

Can you name all the pitchers who have hit a home run with the Mets?

This Date in Mets History

On this date in 1999, Pat Mahomes made his Mets debut and picked up the win in their victory over the Phillies.