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Meet the Mets

In what originally served as the biggest baseball news of the day, Vitaminwater co-founder Mike Repole, a Queens native who went to Holy Cross High School and St. John’s University, is joining forces with Alex Rodriguez and Jennifer Lopez in a bid to buy the club.

Barstool Sports founder and all-around jackass Dave Portnoy may be part of a bid involving Repole.

In addition to Repole, Florida Panthers owner and NY Mercantile Exchange chairman Vincent Viola is said to be considering joining the J-Rod bid as a partner to Repole. It is rumored that they will contribute $250 million, which could still leave the group short.

Laura Goldman countered that Viola is actually not interested in contributing to the bid, but he is close to Repole.

Some Mets players have started reporting back to Citi Field.

Justin Toscano focused on the big questions surrounding the Mets as they brace for baseball’s return.

If MLB is successfully able to resume, will Michael Conforto find himself in the MVP discussion?

Will the Mets resign Marcus Stroman, will Citi Field be able to host spring training 2.0? All that and more is answered on this week’s Mets Mailbag.

Brian Wright looked at how the Keith Hernandez trade turned out to be the best trade in franchise history.

In the latest edition of The Red Seats Pub, Tim Britton asks fans about which Mets team they would have liked to see make the postseason. (Paywall alert)

Around the National League East

Bryce Harper announced that he and his wife are expecting a baby girl.

Marcus Hayes found five Phillies players who would benefit most from a shortened season.

Gerardo Parra is a hit with the Yomiuri Giants in Japan after playing with the Nationals last season.

Around Major League Baseball

MLB owners unanimously voted to have Commissioner Rob Manfred implement a 2020 season as per the terms of the March 26th agreement.

The league will implement its season under two conditions that it listed in its statement.

The news comes after the Players Association rejected the league’s offer by a 33-5 vote. The rejection put the decision in Manfred’s hands.

The season will likely be 60 games and will begin around July 24-July 26.

Both sides have put their animosity on hold, for now.

However, MLB’s uncomfortable resolution has set up some damning fallout.

MLB is at the mercy of their angry fans as the season is set to begin in July.

Given the increased COVID-19 outbreaks across the country, it would be better if baseball had no season at all.

While baseball is back, it’s not the the feel-good statement we wish it was.

Brett Anderson of the Brewers asked the question on everybody’s mind: “What happens if we all get it?”

Andy Martino expects an agreement on health and safety protocols to be smooth.

Meanwhile, a slew of coronavirus cases have put the team’s restart plans in jeopardy. To date, at least 40 personnel have tested positive.

There will be a universal DH in 2020, but not in 2021 given the MLBPA rejecting the league’s proposal.

Nelson Cruz of the Twins is a recipient of The Muhammad Ali Sports Humanitarian Award. Cruz was very emotional when accepting his award. Congratulations!

Sheryl Ring argued that the Rangers need to change their team name.

Derek Jeter believes that MLB is an industry in need of change.

MLB is looking to block testimony that it has discriminated against minority umpires. (Paywall alert)

David Schoenfield listed some players who could be missing their peak age-27 season without baseball in 2020.

Two minor leaguers reflected on what the longest spring training of all time has felt like.

Ken Davidoff explored how teams are developing minor leaguers with baseball on hold.

An independent league is getting ready to play ball in the midst of MLB’s struggle to resume. (Paywall alert)

Yesterday at Amazin’ Avenue

The Amazin’ Avenue staffed shared our second round of music recommendations!

Episode 67 of From Complex to Queens talked about the history of baseball in Japan.

Steve Sypa provided an update on the CPBL team, the KBO team, and the NPB team that the From Complex to Queens team has been following this year.

I recapped the latest on baseball returning following last night’s vote

This Date in Mets History

On this date in 2008, a match-up of Venezuelian pitchers Johan Santana and Felix Hernandez did not go exactly as planned, as King Felix crushed a grand slam off the Mets’ ace. Hernandez ended up leaving the game one out short of earning the victory after suffering an injury when Beltran slid into home while he was covering. The Mets fell 5-1.

On this date in 2013, Matt Harvey hurled six stellar innings in which he allowed just two hits against the Phillies. On offense, the Mets provided Harvey plenty of run support, and David Wright fell a single short of the cycle and picked up four hits on the afternoon.