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Meet the Mets

Yoenis Cespedes borrowed Pete Alonso’s glove and had some fun at first base but harmless fun is all it was according to Luis Rojas.

Jeremy Hefner’s first year as the Mets’ pitching coach has not been off to a conventional start but he adapted to working from home and continues to make adjustments to make sure the pitchers are ready when the season begins.

Amed Rosario did not know why he was asked to report to camp late but now that he is with his team he is happy to be back and trying to follow the protocols. This could be a crucial season for the young shortstop who enjoyed a breakout in the second half of last year.

Steven Matz in another player looking to build on last season and is working on staying calm on the mound.

Both Brad Brach and Jared Hughes have not appeared in camp but no reasons have been given for their absences.

Following the lead of the Oakland A’s, the Mets will have cardboard cutouts of fans in the stands at Citi this season.

The Angels claimed Jacob Rhame off waivers so the Mets added Ryley Gilliam to the 60-man player pool.

The first round of bidding on the team is coming to a close and a clearer picture should start to develop of who is still in as the next owner of the team.

Around the National League East

The Braves added first baseman Bryce Ball to their 60-man player pool.

The Marlins will be holding their first scrimmage as the team starts ramping up and getting ready for the season.

Both Adam Haseley and Scott Kingery’s situations serve as a microcosm of the issues Major League Baseball is facing as a whole and again calls into question whether there should be baseball at all.

With the departure of Anthony Rendon, manager Davey Martinez believes in Carter Kieboom and what he brings to the team.

Around Major League Baseball

A’s catcher Bruce Maxwell was the first baseball player to take a knee during the national anthem to protest police brutality and was shunned from the league because of that action. Now attitudes have changed but it doesn’t make it any easier that he was left on his own in 2017.

A’s pitcher Jake Diekman and his wife Amanda are not happy with how baseball has handled the coronavirus and they are afraid lives could be at stake given the mishandling of testing.

The Giants were finally able to resume workouts after they received their test results from July 4 but there is still no word about the tests from July 6.

The Astros also had to cancel workouts while they awaited test results, and Alex Bregman has still not returned as he awaits his result.

The Trouts are raising awareness on mental health after they lost a friend to suicide in 2018.

Yesterday at Amazin’ Avenue

On Episode 53 on A Pod of Their Own, playing baseball during a pandemic as well as the beginning of Mets summer camp was discussed.

Grace Carbone believes Jared Hughes could be a solid addition to the Mets’ bullpen this season.

This Date in Mets History

On this date in 1969, Tom Terrific was nearly perfect against the Cubs. Seaver took a no-hitter into the ninth before giving up a hit to Jimmy Qualls but the Mets still picked up the 4-0 victory against the first-place team.