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

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Meet the Mets

On the latest episode of the Cookie Club, Dominic Smith and J.D. Davis tried bullpen coach Dave Racaniello’s cookies and compared them to their beloved Insomnia Cookies.

Pete Alonso is working to bring pizzas to hospital workers on the front lines of dealing with the virus and he also talked about his new charity and its mission to honor those helping their communities.

The Mets accepted the All In Challenge and are auctioning off an amazing day at the Subway Series with all the proceeds going to charity.

Beloved broadcaster Gary Cohen sat down for a Q & A with The Athletic and discussed the simulated games he has called and what he thinks baseball will look like this season.

Pitching coach Jeremy Hefner has been impressed with Marcus Stroman and he believes Stroman could be the one who challenges Jacob deGrom for the Cy Young.

Robert Gsellman had a season shortened by injury last year and the team is hoping he can become more of a stabilizing presence in the bullpen this season.

Darryl Strawberry reflected on his major league debut and how his arrival helped turn around the Mets teams of the 1980s.

It has been a year since Ed Kranepool received his live-saving kidney transplant and continues to do well since undergoing the operation.

On noted Mets fan Hank Azaria’s show Brockmire, his character begs someone to buy the team and end the suffering.

The Mets have had quite a few stars get away but some franchise icons from other teams actually ended their careers in Queens.

Around the National League East

Even though the Mets could’ve been named the New York Avengers, the Avengers have now assembled in Atlanta as Talking Chop imagined the Braves as superheroes.

Fish Stripes is putting together a compilation of why their readers became fans of the Marlins.

The Sim Phillies took down the Sim Braves in extra innings.

Eric Thames discussed his time playing in the KBO and is hopeful that baseball will return to the United States this summer.

Around Major League Baseball

Major League Baseball is expected to submit their proposal for returning to play within a week but there are still many hurdles that need to be worked out before players can return to the field.

One of the major concerns among executives is that there could be future outbreaks in states where the social distancing guidelines have been relaxed.

Many players spend a good chunk of their careers with one team before moving on to another. To celebrate players in other uniforms, Grant Brisbee put together the All-’Wait-they-were-on-that-team?’ players for every franchise. Mike Piazza makes a couple of appearances.

Joey Votto could very well be a Hall of Famer, but his case will take a hit with a shortened 2020 season.

The Cubs and Javier Baez have put their extension talks on hold instead choosing to wait for baseball to return this season.

Yesterday at Amazin’ Avenue

On Episode 47 of A Pod of Their Own, Mark Simon joined the show to discuss defensive metrics in the game and the most important home runs in Mets history.

Beanie Baby Day on May 30, 1999 was a memorable game at Shea.

This Date In Mets History

Jordany Valdespin made his first major league hit a memorable one when he blasted a pinch-hit three-run home run in the ninth off Jonathan Papelbon to give the Mets a 5-2 win in 2012.