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Ashley Fetters of the New York Times spoke to several Binghamton Rumble Ponies employees about how the lack of baseball has impacted their lives. The ripple effects touch everyone from the clubhouse manager to umpires to stadium attendants to the players who have made Binghamton their home.
Today is the ten year anniversary of the Mets drafting Matt Harvey seventh overall in the 2010 MLB draft. Ken Davidoff and Dan Martin of the New York Post take a look back on the rollercoaster ride that was Matt Harvey’s Mets tenure.
Despite everything that followed, Matt Harvey does not regret pitching in the 2015 World Series one bit. “I got hurt and maybe I would have anyway. Getting to the World Series was worth it,” the former Mets ace said.
Tim Healey of Newsday looks into the Mets’ draft strategy for this very unique 2020 draft.
In response to current events, former Met Curtis Granderson made an Instagram post that declared, in part, “I am a Black Man. We are Black People. We are not alone.”
In the Dream Bracket 2 simulation, the 1986 Mets have come out on top as the greatest (virtual) team in MLB history.
Suffolk County officials have been putting together a proposal to get the Long Island Ducks back on the field.
Around the National League East
“He is a tremendous third baseman,” said Braves’ third base coach Ron Washington about Austin Riley to David O’Brien of The Athletic. “Don’t pay attention to his size. He has tremendous instincts, he has quickness and, more than anything else, he has aptitude. He’s a very, very special kid. He’s on that special level with Ozzie (Albies) and (Ronald) Acuña (Jr.) and all those young guys. He’s on that special level with them.”
With their World Series win, the 2019 Nationals became just the second team in the Wild Card era to emerge as champions without having spent a single day in first place. The 2003 Marlins are the other such team.
For their draft strategy, the Phillies will be relying heavily on their new amateur scouting director Brian Barber. “It’s definitely not how I envisioned my first [draft],” Barber said about this year’s unique circumstances. “It’s not optimal. It’s just weird. But the most part, I feel really, really good about where we’re at.”
Around Major League Baseball
The weekend has been marked by a continued impasse between the owners and players that makes 82-game season feel all but impossible now.
The players’ union went as far as to say the league is “depriving America of baseball games” in a time when they are needed for the country’s morale.
David Lennon of Newsday looks into whether allowing fans to attend games in some capacity may get the MLB and the players’ union to reach some sort of agreement.
The longer this fight drags on, the more tone deaf baseball looks, writes Lennon in another piece.
Ken Davidoff of the New York Post discusses how a severely shortened season or a lack of a season entirely puts the regional sports networks—essential for baseball’s existence—at risk.
Yesterday at Amazin’ Avenue
Chris McShane posted the full text of Curtis Granderson’s Instagram statement.
This Date in Mets History
Happy Harvey Day! As I mentioned earlier in this morning’s news, today marks the ten year anniversary of the Mets drafting Matt Harvey in the first round of the MLB draft out of UNC. He went on to be one of the most dynamic (and most divisive) players in the franchise’s history.