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Noah Syndergaard took to Twitter to tell his side of the story after being sued by his landlord. “See you in court pal,” he ends his message.
Sean Gelman and Danny Abriano of SNY help us relive nine forgotten moments of the last 25 years of Mets history, including Jose Reyes’ 2006 cycle, Lucas Duda’s 2013 walk-off against Mariano Rivera, Curtis Granderson’s amazing catch in the 2016 Wild Card game, and more.
Ken Davidoff of the New York Post considers the possibility that Brodie Van Wagenen’s tenure as Mets GM may last just one year if the 2020 season never happens and the Wilpons end up selling the franchise.
Some of the members of the ‘86 Mets relived their epic Game 6 victory on Zoom.
Around the National League East
The Nationals had planned to hold a virtual ring ceremony today, but it has been cancelled. “When team leaders discussed the plan this week with the players, the players collectively decided they would prefer to receive their rings when the team could be physically reunited,” said the team in a statement.
Talking Chop continued their overview of the Braves’ minor league system, putting the spotlight on right-handed pitching.
While many clubs are reopening their Florida spring training facilities, the Phillies would “most likely” hold their second spring training in Philadelphia, reports Scott Lauber of the Philadelphia Inquirer.
Fish Stripes explores the question: What if Luis Castillo batted exclusively right-handed?
Around Major League Baseball
The “ugliness” of the fight between MLB and the union is “starting to abate,” reports Jeff Passan of ESPN. MLB will send its economic plan to the MLBPA on Tuesday, as we inch closer to getting an answer to whether there will be baseball in 2020.
Teams are continuing to make personnel cuts as the time without baseball stretches on. The Orioles have released 37 minor leaguers as the paring down of the minor league system continues. The Angels have acted in a more drastic manner than most clubs, furloughing area scouts effective June 1.
The game’s play-by-play announcers will have to adjust their style when announcing games with no fans. “They [play-by-play voices] are going to have to get more emotional with their calls,” one baseball producer said to Bob Raissman of the New York Daily News. “The emotion in the voice is going to help carry a game with no fans. They [play-by-play voices], like it or not, must go over the top. A first inning home run call should have the volume of a ninth-inning game winner.” That style may not sit well with every type of fan.
In an effort to rake in some money during the coronavirus pandemic, the Pensacola Blue Wahoos, the Twins’ Double-A affiliate, have offered their stadium up on Airbnb. Fans can stay in a bedroom next to the clubhouse that fits 10 people and gain access to the clubhouse, batting cages, and field.
This Date in Mets History
On this date in 1973, the Mets played a marathon contest against the Dodgers that lasted 19 innings and clocked in well past 4:00am ET. Tom Seaver and a group of five Mets relievers held steady and the Mets prevailed in the 19th for a final score of 7-3.