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Mets Morning News: Back to Work

Your Tuesday morning dose of New York Mets and MLB news, notes, and links.

New York Mets Summer Workouts Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images

Meet the Mets

After a scheduled day off, the Mets are back to work today.

Luis Guillorme spent his day off making another kind of catch.

The Mets added seven players to their 60-player pool, which brings the number up to 58. The list is comprised of Matt Blackman, Stephen Golsalves, Jake Hager, Jordan Humphreys, Franklyn Kilome, David Rodriguez, and Thomas Szapucki.

The club opened MCU park, home of the Brooklyn Cyclones, yesterday as an alternate training site.

Mets camp has been mellow and drama-free so far, but is this just the calm before the storm?

That lack of drama is giving the team a reason to believe.

Tim Healey looks at three questions as the Mets are set to begin their second half of summer camp.

SNY explored three possible lineups if Robinson Cano is not ready for Opening Day.

Marcus Stroman, who will be a free agent at year’s end, is ignoring the outside pressure heading into the 2020 season.

The Mets are figuring out how to bond in a distanced world. (Paywall Alert)

A-Rod and J Lo are looking to enlist some help in their bid to purchase the Mets, including ex-NFL star Brian Urlacher and Super Bowl champion Travis Kelce.

On this week’s Mets Mailbag, questions ranged from Brodie Van Wagenen’s future with the team to the team’s potential Opening Day lineup, among other things.

The Mets came in sixth in MLB’s ranking of best lineups.

Around the National League East

After testing positive for coronavirus, Freddie Freeman may not be ready to join the Braves at Citi Field for Opening Day.

The Nationals placed Wander Suero and Roenis Elias on the injured list but did not disclose the reason for doing so.

Bryce Harper tried his hand at third base during an intrasquad game.

During their home games in 2020, the Phillies will use fake crowd noise, cardboard cutouts of fans, and a socially-distanced Phillie Phanatic.

The universal DH gives the Phillies a weapon that could put them over the top.

Around Major League Baseball

Black MLB players past and presents discussed what needs to change in the league.

Angels pitcher Patrick Sandoval revealed he had tested positive for coronavirus, which explains why he reported late to summer camp. He experienced several symptoms, including body aches and chills.

Cardinals closer Jordan Hicks has opted out of the 2020 season, citing pre-existing health concerns. Hicks, who is also recovering from Tommy John Surgery, has Type 1 Diabetes.

Kenley Jansen and his entire family battled COVID-19 earlier this year. While he has recovered from it, he is “still a little paranoid.”

Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman recently tested positive. Despite being a domestic abuser, Sheryl Ring of Beyond the Box Score doesn’t view this news as something worth celebrating.

Meanwhile, six Tier 1 Cubs, including skipper David Ross, had to miss morning workouts yesterday as they awaited test results.

Some baseball players are planning to wear face coverings during the actual game.

MLB and the MLBPA reached an agreement on some unresolved items, including contract options and bonuses.

The Washington Redskins officially announced yesterday that they would be changing their name and logo. In light of that news, Karen Attiah argued that the Texas Rangers need to change their name as well.

Twins outfielder Byron Buxton was carted off the field after going down while tracking a fly ball. Despite the nature of the injury, manager Rocco Baldelli said he was “cautiously optimistic” after the initial testing.

In the absence of the Home Run Derby, which would have been last night, Yahoo listed some of their favorite dingers.

Yesterday at Amazin’ Avenue

David Capobianco provided a season preview for Wilson Ramos in which he discussed how a shortened season makes the catcher even harder to project.

Episode 70 of From Complex to Queens is an ode to the Kingsport Mets.

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.

This Date in Mets History

Bobby Valentine picked up his 1,000th career win on this date in 2001. The Mets defeated the Red Sox 2-0 in front of 52,006 fans at Shea Stadium thanks to a combined one-hit shutout from Glendon Rusch and Armando Benitez. The left-handed starter loaded the bases in the first, including a Trot Nixon bunt single, and then limited Boston to a leadoff walk in the fifth. Benitez pitched a perfect ninth to shut the door.