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Mets Morning News: Return of the King

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Meet the Mets

Billionaire Steve Cohen has reportedly placed a bid on the Mets which could total $4 billion for both the Mets and SNY.

Even though Cohen seems like the clear favorite, Alex Rodriguez and Jennifer Lopez have raised enough capital to place a bid.

Jacob deGrom pitched in a simulated game and looked sharp. Yoenis Cespedes also played and hit a bomb off Seth Lugo.

Jeff McNeil has his sights set on batting .400 in this 60-game season. He is also determined to keep the Cookie Club together even if they have to do it virtually.

Robinson Cano has been missing from camp but the Mets won’t comment as to why.

To stay in shape during the shutdown, and without fields to work out on, Michael Wacha and Robert Gsellman threw in a parking lot until they joined a shadow league to work out with some of the game’s greats.

The Mets released their schedule for the 2021 season where they once again will open up against the Nationals.

Thirty-five years ago the Mets and Braves played a game that ended at 3:55 a.m. and went down as one of the strangest games in baseball history.

Mets fan and comedian Jimmy Kimmel is producing a documentary for ESPN on the 1986 World Series Champion Mets.

Around the National League East

Mike Foltynewicz started for the Braves in a simulated game and looked good in three innings.

J.T. Realmuto held a Zoom conference with the media and claimed he loves Philadelphia but did not want to answer any questions about contract negotiations.

Around Major League Baseball

Commissioner Rob Manfred’s latest incident with GM Mike Rizzo shows that he keeps trying to seize more power and answer to no one.

Major League Baseball sent charter flights to the Dominican Republic to transport players back to the United States, but they failed to test the players before they boarded the plane and now several have tested positive for the coronavirus.

A’s outfielder Matt Canha wanted to fully understand the pandemic so he took a college class on the topic at UC Berkeley.

Giants catcher Buster Posey was again away from camp for personal reasons and there is a chance he opts out of playing the season.

Umpire Joe West does not believe in seriousness of the pandemic but he will be back to umpire the games despite being high risk.

With a shortened season how will the awards be determined at the end of the year and will they be looked upon the same way?

Yesterday at Amazin’ Avenue

Vasilis Drimalitis thinks Edwin Diaz only has up to go from last season.

David Capobianco has no faith MLB will handle this pandemic correctly.

With ESPN announcing the documentary on the 1986 Mets, BreakingT has a T-shirt that can help you celebrate that team.

This Date in Mets History

On this date in 1999, Matt Franco walked it off against Mariano Rivera and the Yankees with a pinch-hit single to bring the winning run home.