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Mets Morning News: Is a baseball return nearing?

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

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Meet the Mets

Steven Matz caught up with the Mets and discussed the work of his charity, TRU32.

Anthony DiComo interviewed longtime Mets PR man, Jay Horowitz.

DiComo also compiled a list of the best Mets bench players in franchise history.

Governor Andrew Cuomo wants sports to return to New York when the ‘economic model works for them’.

Around the National League East

Tim Healey wrote about covering the first Marlins game after the tragic death of Jose Fernandez.

Felix Hernandez of the Braves said he will retire if he can reach 3000 strikeouts and 200 wins.

The Nationals will be unveiling their World Series rings virtually this Sunday.

Around Major League Baseball

Baseball’s return hinges on salary negotiations, but the two sides remain very far apart reports David Lennon.

Joel Sherman also reported on the ongoing negotiations between the two sides.

ESPN did a very detailed story on how MLB is navigating the pandemic to be able to bring back baseball.

50 years after Curt Flood paved the way, the coronavirus is pushing the battle between MLB and the players to the forefront writes Mike Vaccaro.

Sports Illustrated surveyed 68 minor league baseball teams, asking about their concerns for the future of their clubs and others, as well as how many have furloughed employees.

Yesterday at Amazin’ Avenue

ESPN’s Tim Kurkjian joined Amazin’ Avenue in Conversation.

This Date in Mets History

On this date in 1999, Robin Ventura hit two grand slams in one day, in a day-night doubleheader.