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Mets Morning News: 2 Big 2 Sexy

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

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced yesterday that New York will soon be open for business with regard to sports. He reiterated that the state is a “ready, willing, and able partner” for pro sports to take place. He did confirm that it would be without fans.

This announcement is a big boost to the idea of Citi Field and Yankee Stadium hosting baseball games this summer.

Pete Alonso’s idea of putting a mic near the first base bag to capture interactions between players will have to take a back seat with the new precautions MLB will put into place.

Bartolo Colon wants one last chance, and he wants it to be with the Mets. The former Mets hurler wants to retire with New York.

Steven Matz talked about how new pitching coach Jeremy Hefner is keeping Mets pitchers in game shape.

The Cookie Club members reminisced about a memorable post-loss meeting.

SNY’s Gary Apple shared that he and his family had COVID-19 and understands where the players are coming from with respect to fears of playing amid the pandemic.

Robinson Cano talked about working out, keeping in touch with teammates, and his efforts to help the D.R. during the pandemic.

Tim Healey explains that the Mets, who have been built like an American League team for years, may soon be able to fill out their lineup card like one with the universal DH.

Similarly, Sports Illustrated believes the DH could benefit the Mets while not helping the Marlins much. They look at what it means for all 15 NL teams.

This week’s Mets Mailbag looks at Matt Harvey’s chance at redemption, moving Amed Rosario to center field, and what the team potentially winning a strange World Series title in 2020 would mean for the future.

Anthony DiComo caught up with Jay Horowitz, whose autobiography came out today. The book includes a forward from Jacob deGrom.

Around the National League East

While baseball might return in 2020, the new precautions means that the Phillie Phanatic will not be back this season.

Talking Chop looks at the possibility of the Braves extending Austin Riley, Johan Camargo, and Cristian Pache.

Mike Trout says Nationals’ hurler Max Scherzer is the best he’s ever faced.

The Marlins will allow their 40-man roster to return to their spring training facility in Jupiter, FL starting today.

Around Major League Baseball

Following Cuomo’s lead, California Governor Gavin Newsom said pro sports events could return in the states as soon as June 1 if their progress continues.

John Oliver used his platform on Sunday’s episode of Last Week Tonight to talk about sports returning and shine a light on some of the problems that come along with it. He also took a shot at Philadelphia sports fans.

The Athletic went in-depth on the high-stakes negotiations to restart the 2020 season. (Paywall alert)

MLB players could set the blueprint for the path forward in the face of extreme inconveniences.

CBS Sports looks at five reasons players are rejecting the idea of the proposed 50-50 revenue split.

Austin Hedges is optimistic that owners and players will reach an agreement and play baseball.

Fangraphs parsed MLB’s claim of a $4 billion loss.

Giancarlo Stanton is one player who is very likely to benefit for a shortened 82-game season.

Starling Marte’s wife passed away unexpectedly while awaiting surgery in a hospital for a broken ankle. Our thoughts are with him and his family during this unimaginably difficult time.

The Rockies have released pitcher Tim Melville.

Francisco Rodriguez hasn’t giving up on writing the final chapter of his major league career.

Yesterday at Amazin’ Avenue

The 60th episode of From Complex to Queens went live on Amazin’ Avenue’s Facebook page!

Steve Sypa provided an update on the CPBL team and the KBO team that the From Complex to Queens crew have been following.

This Date in Mets History

David Wright walked it off against Mariano Rivera on this date in 2006. The Mets took the opener of the series after the third baseman and Mets legend hit a ball to dead center that sailed over Johnny Damon’s head and drove in Paul Lo Duca to give the National League New York squad a 7-6 victory over their American League counterparts.