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Meet the Mets

According to Jon Heyman, the Mets will be heading to Florida to complete spring training rather than returning home to Citi to get ready for the season.

Once the season resumes, what was once the Mets’ biggest strength is now their biggest question mark.

Adding the DH to the National League this season could have an impact on Steven Matz who was very adept at striking out the opposing pitcher.

The Rockies’ held another Zoom meeting with ticket holders and once again Jacob deGrom was named as the toughest pitcher they had to face.

Jeff McNeil has done nothing but hit since joining the league and Keith Hernandez believes he has all the attributes to be a special player.

On the latest episode of Beyond the Booth, Gary, Keith, and Ron answer fan questions.

This weekend SNY is hosting a watch party of Game 6 from the 1986 World Series on Facebook Live. Keith Hernandez will be on hand, as well as members of that team, to relive all of the thrills from that game.

SNY was forced to cancel a few of their shows after revenue was impacted by the pandemic.

The last time the Mets had a consistent catcher behind the plate was when Mike Piazza wore the orange and blue. What has gone wrong since then as they continue to hunt for a catcher?

Former catcher Ed Hearn has battled many health problems since leaving the game but used those battles to help others who are also struggling.

It was the fifteenth anniversary of Dae-Sung Koo’s memorable hit off Randy Johnson and the sheer improbability of it makes it even more remarkable.

The 1997 Marlins defeated the 1969 Mets in a Dream Bracket tournament.

Around the National League East

Talking Chop took a look back at the career of fearsome slugger Eddie Matthews.

Daniel Hudson recounted what is was like to record the final out of the World Series for the Nationals.

Around Major League Baseball

The players’ union responded to MLB’s health proposal, and they are seeking more testing and safety protocols to keep them as safe as possible once play resumes.

Health experts weighed in on MLB’s proposal and think it is inevitable that someone gets sick.

The Cubs and Pirates are the two latest teams to cut pay for their employees.

Rays prospect Brent Honeywell underwent a procedure on his ulnar nerve after undergoing Tommy John in 2018 and then fracturing his elbow last year.

The Cleveland Indians social media team hid Nicolas Cage in several of their posts from last season and created a treasure hunt for fans to find him.

Miguel Cabrera and his wife are donating $250,000 to charities in Detroit that serve children who have been affected by the pandemic.

This Date in Mets History

Mike Piazza’s tenure as a Florida Marlin came to an end on this date in 1998. The Mets traded Preston Wilson, Geoff Geotz, and Ed Yarnall in exchange for the future Hall of Famer and the rest was history.