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Mets Morning News: Training camps back in session in time for 4th of July

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Your Saturday 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

The Mets were finally back in action at Citi Field on Friday, and the team is trying to make the best of this strange and uncomfortable situation.

Workouts at the stadium look very different right now in comparison to how they normally look.

Two players who were conspicuously absent yesterday without explanation: Marcus Stroman and Amed Rosario.

Luis Rojas will have his hands full in his first season as the Mets’ manager.

Wilson Ramos is sacrificing his ability to be with his family—including his six-month-old son—in order to take part in the team’s workouts.

Yoenis Cespedes is further along in his rehab now than he was back in March.

There is a new potential bidder for Mets ownership.

Around the National League East

The Phillies joined the rest of the MLB teams in resuming training camp in their home ballparks.

The Nationals will have to defend their World Series title amidst this new normal.

The Braves have a few key storylines on their roster heading into the shortened season.

The Marlins are also back in action down in Florida.

Around Major League Baseball

Training camps around the league opened on Friday, and now we wait and see if the league can handle play amidst this pandemic.

There is still every possibility that the league will not be able to successfully hold a full season of games.

Of the 3,185 COVID tests the league has completed so far (which does not include every major league team), they have thus far gotten 38 positive tests, with 31 of those tests being for players and the remaining seven being other staff members.

The Indians may finally be ready to contemplate a name change.

The All Star game was scheduled to be played in Dodger Stadium this year, but the game has been cancelled. As such, the 2022 All Star game will be hosted in L.A. instead.

Certain teams could potentially be surprise World Series contenders thanks to the shortened season.

It is still possible that Mike Trout will decide not to play this season due to his pregnant wife.

Jeff Samardzija had some rather pointed words about MLB owners as questions continue to rise about whether or not fans will be allowed to attend games at any point this season.

Yesterday at Amazin’ Avenue

Chris McShane and Brian Salvatore discussed the new rules for the 2020 season in the latest episode of Amazin’ Avenue Audio (The Show).

Rich Resch contemplated which player he wishes the Mets could steal from each NL East rival.

Grace Carbone took a look at Steven Matz’s important role in the rotation heading into the season.

This Date in Mets History

The Mets began a game against the Braves in Atlanta that wouldn’t end until 3:55 a.m. the following morning—after 19 innings of play and two rains delays—on this date in 1985.