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Mets Morning News: MLB players protest police brutality

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

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Mets Morning News

Despite other teams following the NBA’s lead and not playing their scheduled games to protest the shooting of Jacob Blake, the Mets went ahead and played their game against the Marlins. Jacob deGrom was absolutely brilliant, but just like when we last saw the Mets in Miami the bullpen blew it. And again, just like in Miami they got a crucial clutch hit late to secure the win. This time it was Wilson Ramos who got the big hit to lead the team to victory.

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Dominic Smith was the only player to take a knee during the National Anthem to protest the latest incident of police violence. He broke down in tears after the game in an emotional interview where he talked about how hard it is to be a Black man in America.

Smith should not have been alone in his protest where no teammate joined him.

Baseball Generations is the charity Smith is heavily involved with that supports youth baseball for inner city children in Los Angeles.

After the game, manager Luis Rojas said they never had a chance to discuss a protest since news of it broke too close to game time.

Jacob deGrom is the only sure thing about the rotation right now and everyone after him remains up in the air.

Michael Wacha and David Peterson are both on the mend and could rejoin the rotation soon.

Around the National League East

The Braves swept the double header against the Yankees. They took game one against Gerrit Cole with rookie Ian Anderson on the mound.

The Phillies defeated the Nationals 3-2 to give Joe Girardi his 1,000th win as a manager.

Despite Juan Soto hitting his eighth home run of the year, the Nationals fell to the Phillies. Before the game they optioned rookie Carter Kieboom to the alternate site and activated Sean Doolittle off the IL.

Around Major League Baseball

Three games were postponed after players protested the serious issues currently taking place in society. To help better draw attention to the injustice Black Americans face, baseball came to a halt in three cities.

The Brewers were the first team to protest after following the lead of the NBA and the Millwaukee Bucks.

Jason Heyward and a few other players did not play even though their teams did not join them in protest. Major League Baseball released a statement in support of the decisions the players made.

Yankees’ slugger Aaron Judge exited the game early with a calf strain and could end up back on the IL.

Yesterday at Amazin Avenue

On Episode 59 of A Pod of Their Own, Jen Ramos visited the show to discuss how unwelcoming baseball is to those in the LGBTQ community in light of the slur Thom Brennaman used.

Steve Sypa took a look back at the time a solar eclipse occurred during a Fireflies game.

Lukas Vlahos helped fans get familiar with Patrick Mazeika who was optioned before the game, and Steve Sypa did the same for Ali Sanchez.

This Date in Mets History

On this date in 2015, the Mets defeated the Phillies to win their seventh straight game, but the game was most remembered for Carlos Torres and Daniel Murphy’s ridiculous play.