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Mets Morning News: COVID strikes (again), spring training facilities shut down (again)

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MLB Still In Limbo Due To The Covid-19 Pandemic Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images

Meet the Mets

With Florida suddenly experiencing a surge in COVID-19 cases, the Mets may decide to hold a hypothetical second spring training in New York.

Multiple New York Post writers came to Pete Alonso’s defense after the publication posted a curious article criticizing the slugger for his language.

Metsmerized Online reminisced on opposing relief pitchers who tortured the Mets.

Around the National League East

In a troubling sign for baseball’s attempts to return, at least five Phillies players and three staff members have tested positive for coronavirus. The organization responded by indefinitely shutting down their facilities.

The Athletic ranked the Braves’ top ten best free agent signings in franchise history.

The Nationals have announced the signing of 2020 first-round pick Cade Cavalli.

Marlins starting pitcher Caleb Smith chatted with FanGraphs about his baseball career up to this point.

Around Major League Baseball

The Blue Jays have also shut down their facilities after a player on their 40-man roster who has spent time with players in the Phillies organization starting demonstrating symptoms of COVID-19.

An unknown Astros player has also tested positive, according to GM James Click.

Additional unidentified players on different teams have reportedly tested positive, and it may lead to the league attempting a “bubble” format.

With these new positive cases, the league has shut down all spring training facilities and attempt to recalibrate their safety protocols.

Amidst these health concerns, the labor dispute between owners and players regarding the potential 2020 season rages on, as the league has insisted to the players union that it will not go past 60 games.

Deesha Thosar of the New York Daily News went over three changes that might well wind up being permanent if/when baseball returns.

Extra innings may be one of the things which experience drastic changes should play resume, including the potential introduction of ties.

With yesterday being Juneteenth, Major League Baseball took various steps to celebrate the occasion.

Clayton Kershaw discussed the circumstances which inspired his Juneteenth message regarding the systemic injustice facing Black citizens in the country.

Yesterday at Amazin’ Avenue

Grace Carbone made her Amazin’ Avenue debut by writing about the most unlikely event of the 2019 season: Jason Vargas’s complete game shutout.

A few of our writers offered a second round of podcast recommendations as we continue to try to survive without baseball.

This Date in Mets History

Following significant pitching woes in the first couple months of the season, the Mets fired pitching coach Dave Eiland and bullpen coach Chuck Hernandez on this date last year.