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Mets Morning News: Preparing for summer training

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Meet the Mets

The Mets are trying to figure out the logistics of preparing for spring training 2.0, including finalizing a player pool and alternate training site.

Former Mets outfielder Ron Swoboda reflected on the managerial career of Gil Hodges.

The National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown is once again open, and there are a number of great Mets items on display there.

Around the National League East

Braves Hall of Famer Larry Jones reminisced on his history as Mets fans’ public enemy number one.

Nationals first baseman Ryan Zimmerman acknowledged that he has not yet decided whether or not to play this season.

The Phillies are planning on hosting their 60-player pool in Philadelphia and predominantly training at Citizens Bank Park.

Marlins first-round pick Max Meyer may be one of the players in Miami’s 60-player pool for their training camp, a sign that he may be on the fast track to the big leagues.

Around Major League Baseball

There are a lot of questions and concerns surrounding MLB’s plans to resume play.

One of the biggest questions: what would it take for the league to decide to cancel the season?

The Ringer provided a much-needed reminder of some of the big stories and transactions that occurred this past offseason.

Add the Indians to the list of organizations who have had players test positive for COVID-19, though thankfully all of them have either recovered or are only experiencing minor symptoms.

The Rangers have also had employees test positive, and there is concern amongst personnel there that they will be not be allowed to work from home.

Giants president Farhan Zaidi discussed the organization’s plan for resuming play and also had some pointed words for one particular councilman/depraved sociopath in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Rob Manfred has seemingly been uninterested in adding diversity to his executive leadership team in the years since he’s taken over as commissioner.

Justin Verlander is on the mend after undergoing groin surgery in March, and he should be ready to go as the Astros start their camp.

Yesterday at Amazin’ Avenue

Chris McShane and Brian Salvatore discussed their concerns about baseball’s potential return in the latest episode of Amazin’ Avenue Audio (The Show).

McShane also provided a refresher for how the bullpen is looking heading into the season.

This Date in Mets History

A 17-year-old Ed Kranepool signed with the only organization he would ever play for on this date in 1962.