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Meet the Mets

Dominic Smith talked with Steve Gelbs about the sickening racism he has had to deal with but he remains hopeful things can change.

The Mets inked first-round draft pick Pete Crow-Armstrong to a contract worth $3.36 million.

Now that they signed their top pick in the 2020 draft, the Mets know how much they have left to sign second-round pick J.T. Ginn.

The team also signed second-round pick Isaiah Greene to a deal.

The Mets will be reporting to camp next week and will be using MCU Park in Brooklyn as an overflow site for workouts.

Despite being only a presumed 60-game season, there will still be storylines to keep an eye on over the course of the abbreviated season.

The schedule still is not set but the Mets could be facing one of nine teams on the new Opening Day.

Governor Cuomo said that no fans will be in the stands for both summer training and games in New York.

Around the National League East

The short season could benefit Braves’ slugger Freddie Freeman in his quest for a MVP.

Old friend Cliff Floyd had a big walk-off hit for the Marlins against the Cubs on this date in 2000.

The Phillies are still looking to extend J.T. Realmuto and are reportedly willing to offer a contract up to six years in length.

Around Major League Baseball

Rob Manfred seemingly admitted to the PR hit baseball has taken and vows to do better for the fans.

History is repeating itself with baseball attempting to play through a pandemic which it also did in 1918.

Sports Illustrated’s Emma Baccellieri read baseball’s entire document on the rules of the 2020 season and it covered quite a few issues that will arise when playing baseball through a deadly pandemic.

With the short season and modified rules, be prepared for weird baseball.

Pitching will require a delicate balance since a couple of bad starts could doom the entire season for teams this year.

The Twins are the latest team to have players test positive for COVID-19.

Despite Texas seeing a significant increase in positive tests for the coronavirus, Astros’ owner Jim Crane can still foresee having fans in the stands in Houston.

Rockies pitcher Chad Bettis officially announced his retirement from baseball.

Yesterday at Amazin’ Avenue

Christian Romo discussed who this short season could possibly help and hurt on the Mets.

Steve Sypa covered the Pete Crow-Armstrong signing.

This Date in Mets History

On this date in 1963, Tim Harkness hit a walk-off grand slam in the bottom of the fourteenth inning to help the Mets defeat the Cubs.