Meet the Mets
The Mets unveiled their full 2020 schedule, which features 40 games against the NL East and 20 games against the AL East.
The Mets will open the season at Citi Field against the Braves. The game will air on ESPN at 4:10pm EDT.
Tom Verducci sees the Mets as one of the losers following the release of the 2020 schedule.
Here are some things to look for in the team’s abbreviated schedule.
The start to Summer Camp has been encouraging for the Mets, despite the times being very strange. (Paywall Alert)
During the delay, deGrom threw off a mound twice a week to Patrick Mazeika.
Brandon Nimmo knows there’s no time to waste but believes he has enough time to get the at-bats he needs to be ready for Opening Day.
Meulens has helped turn Curaçao into a baseball paradise.
To date, first round bids on the team appear weak and below the $2 billion mark according to sources.
This week’s Mets Mailbag focused on Jed Lowrie’s contract, Edwin Diaz’s role on the team, the chances of resigning Marcus Stroman, and more.
Around the National League East
Zack Wheeler might not finish the 2020 season. The former Met is expecting the birth of his child later this summer.
Phillies outfielder Andrew McCutchen said that the Yankees’ hair policy takes away from a player’s individualism.
The Nationals were one of several teams who shut down workouts yesterday due to a lack of results from recent coronavirus tests. In a statement, Nationals’ GM Mike Rizzo didn’t mince words, saying Summer Camp is not safe without “accurate and timely testing.”
Rob Manfred, always focusing on the wrong things, thought Rizzo was insubordinate with his comments.
The MLB season is at risk as a result of these testing issues. (Paywall Alert)
Jarrett Seidler listed some prospects from the 60-player roster pool fans of NL East teams may and may not see during the pandemic-shortened season. (Paywall Alert)
Around Major League Baseball
We’ve already seen quite a few players opt out of the 2020 season due to health concerns, but it’s often the players who’ve earned the most or have job security that are afforded the opportunity to make that decision, while the rest have no choice but to play.
The Astros informed players and staff they would not be holding workouts as they were awaiting test results from Friday. GM James Click shared a statement in which he affirmed that “the safety of our players and staff remains our top priority.”
The Cardinals also canceled workouts yesterday due to a lack of test results.
Kris Bryant is perturbed by the lack of testing. The Cubs star was tested on Tuesday, and then not again until Sunday. He said, “You can’t have hiccups like this.” He released a full statement expanding on his current feelings on testing.
Yankees’ skipper Aaron Boone expressed confidence in MLB’s testing.
MLB shared a statement in the wake of the testing problems they experienced over the weekend.
David Lennon argued that MLB must reach perfection with its testing.
Errors continue to pile up for baseball, which makes its return in 2020 seem like a longer shot than ever.
The MLBPA sent a statement to player agents saying that the league and union are “actively pursuing an additional medical lab site to increase the speed and efficiency of test processing and reporting.”
Former Mets third baseman Todd Frazier lost his grandmother to COVID-19. Now, his mission is to keep younger players in line and make sure they take the protocols seriously.
Kole Calhoun joined the list of players who’ve tested positive.
The Giants revealed two more positive tests, but did not release the names of the players.
Brandon Guyer announced his retirement from baseball.
Giancarlo Stanton believes he can play in the outfield at some point this season, but will likely begin the year as the DH.
MLB will celebrate Jackie Robinson Day on August 28.
The Athletic asked writers to share a standout book about the teams they cover. (Paywall Alert)
Yesterday at Amazin’ Avenue
I recapped the MLB schedule reveal and who the Mets will be playing this season.
Maggie Wiggin previewed Pete Alonso’s 2020 season and looks at what he can do for an encore after a historic rookie campaign.
From Complex to Queens recorded the nicest episode of their podcast, which focused on MiLB officially announcing the cancellation of the 2020 season (which is very not nice).
This Date in Mets Baseball
The Mets hosted their first and only All Star Game at Shea Stadium on this date in 1964. Second baseman Ron Hunt was the lone representative for New York. The NL won 7-4 on a Johnny Callison walk-off home run in the ninth.