Danny Abriano

Brooklyn, NY native. SJU alum, Writer, Editor. Beatlemaniac who plays drums, piano. 

May 3, 2019; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Marlins chief executive officer Derek Jeter walks onto the field prior to the game between the Miami Marlins and the Atlanta Braves at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)
May 3, 2019; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Marlins chief executive officer Derek Jeter walks onto the field prior to the game between the Miami Marlins and the Atlanta Braves at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)

Whether Yankees legend (and current Marlins part owner) Derek Jeter had a hand in Tom Brady fleeing the New England Patriots for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers remains in question.

But Brady and Jeter are now connected in a different way.

Brady has recently moved into what was once Jeter's 30,000 square foot mansion on Davis Islands in St. Petersburg, which he is renting, according to the Tampa Bay Times.

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Having not yet added an impact pass-rusher this offseason, Jets GM Joe Douglas was asked Wednesday about the team's level of interest in free agent Jadeveon Clowney, whose market has not yet fully developed.

And Douglas confirmed that he has spoken with Clowney's agents.

"I would say we're gonna do our due diligence on everybody that's out there, especially at the edge-rushing position. I'm not gonna go into specifics of and details of conversations we've had," Douglas said while being understandably evasive while talking about a player who is still on the open market.

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Mets' Pete Alonso (Treated Image by SNY)
Mets' Pete Alonso (Treated Image by SNY)

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The Mets are currently brushing up against the $208 million luxury tax threshold and are perhaps unlikely to reach any extensions with players of their own until they get some salary cap relief.

But that relief should come after the 2020 season, when Yoenis Cespedes, Wilson Ramos, Marcus Stroman, and others are off the books, freeing up tens of millions of dollars in 2021 and beyond.

With the above in mind, and with the goal being to win now and in the future, the Mets would be wise to lay the groundwork for potential extensions for some of the players below, with an eye on striking deals soon after the 2020 season ends...

Tags: Amed Rosario, Brandon Nimmo, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Pete Alonso, Steven Matz, Wilson Ramos, Yoenis Cespedes, Danny Abriano
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Giants legend Eli Manning sent a special message to the entire healthcare team at New York-Presbyterian hospital systems (more than 47,000 employees) -- as the workers there are on the front lines helping to battle the coronavirus pandemic in New York City.

"I just wanted to give a special call-out to all the caregivers and really the entire healthcare team at New York Presbyterian Hospital," Manning said. "Thank you so much for everything you're doing. We read about it every day, and your selflessness, your determination, your willingness to act and go above and beyond was expected. ... to help out New York and so many people.

"When everybody else in the world is being asked to stay at home and to sit back and do nothing, you've been asked to step up. And you're doing that in every way. We can not thank you enough and just want you to know how much we all appreciate what you're doing to the benefit of so many others. So please stay safe, stay healthy, and God bless." 

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Wilson Ramos and his brother, Efren -- a pitcher in the Mets' organization -- had a bullpen session of sorts with one another on Tuesday. Ramos captioned the video "we keep fit and just waiting for the call."

Unlike teammate Dominic Smith, who caught a Marcus Stroman street bullpen session barefoot and without a mask, Ramos looked to have both cleats and a mask on as he caught his brother.

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Matthew Boyd and Trevor Bauer
Matthew Boyd and Trevor Bauer

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When the Mets lost Noah Syndergaard to Tommy John surgery, it didn't just impact the 2020 season. With the recovery from the surgery likely to stretch into the 2021 season, New York -- which was already facing an uncertain situation regarding their rotation in 2021 and beyond -- is now looking at a potentially dire one.

While the 2020 Mets can simply slot both Steven Matz and Michael Wacha into a rotation that should also include Jacob deGrom, Marcus Stroman, and Rick Porcello, the 2021 Mets are looking at just two returning rotation members they can count on at the moment: deGrom and Matz (who will be in his walk year, along with Syndergaard).

There are two important things to note when it comes to the Mets' starting rotation in 2020 and beyond...

Tags: David Peterson, Franklyn Kilome, Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard, Steven Matz, Danny Abriano
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Mar 26, 2020; New York City, New York, USA; A general view of Citi Field. The season opener between the Washington Nationals and the New York Mets has been postponed due the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)
Mar 26, 2020; New York City, New York, USA; A general view of Citi Field. The season opener between the Washington Nationals and the New York Mets has been postponed due the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)

MLBPA chief Tony Clark said last week that while players would much rather play in front of fans than empty ballparks, they were open to whatever would get the season started the soonest -- including playing without fans.

And with the city of Toronto announcing Tuesday that it has banned all public events through June 30 due to the coronavirus pandemic, it's nearly impossible to imagine the 2020 MLB season starting with fans in attendance.

Earlier Tuesday, Joel Sherman of the New York Post cited two league sources who believed opening in empty ballparks seemed likely.

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Feb 29, 2020; West Palm Beach, Florida, USA; New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso (20) takes first base against the Houston Astros at FITTEAM Ballpark of the Palm Beaches. Mandatory Credit: Jim Rassol-USA TODAY Sports (Jim Rassol)
Feb 29, 2020; West Palm Beach, Florida, USA; New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso (20) takes first base against the Houston Astros at FITTEAM Ballpark of the Palm Beaches. Mandatory Credit: Jim Rassol-USA TODAY Sports (Jim Rassol)

With all elective surgeries on hold due to the coronavirus pandemic, some eyebrows were raised when it was announced that Noah Syndergaard would have Tommy John surgery immediately rather than wait.

On Monday, Emma Baccellieri of SI published a piece after speaking with medical ethicists about whether it is wrong for players to get Tommy John surgery in the current climate.

When Pete Alonso got wind of the piece, he weighed in on the situation (and the article) in a series of tweets, coming down firmly in support of Syndergaard -- who had surgery in Florida on Thursday -- and other pitchers. For example, Chris Sale of the Boston Red Sox also underwent the procedure.

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Alex Rodriguez
Alex Rodriguez

Since retiring from baseball, Paul Lo Duca -- whose nickname with the Mets was "Captain Red Ass" -- has not been shy about giving his opinion.

Speaking Monday on WFAN with SNY contributors Marc Malusis and Maggie Gray, the subject of Lo Duca's ire was Alex Rodriguez, who has gone in recent years from steroid-tainted pariah to beloved MLB commentator and personality.

And that irks Lo Duca, who referred to A-Rod as "one of the fakest people out there" who doesn't deserve to be put on the "pedestal" he is now on.

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Dec 1, 2019; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Brooklyn Nets forward Kevin Durant (7) and guard Kyrie Irving (11) react in the fourth quarter against the Miami Heat at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Nicole Sweet-USA TODAY Sports (Nicole Sweet)
Dec 1, 2019; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Brooklyn Nets forward Kevin Durant (7) and guard Kyrie Irving (11) react in the fourth quarter against the Miami Heat at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Nicole Sweet-USA TODAY Sports (Nicole Sweet)

The Nets, who went into the 2019-20 season expecting to be legitimate contenders, underwhelmed before the season was paused, posting a 30-34 record that had them in position to nab the seventh playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

Along the way, they lost Kyrie Irving for the season and parted ways with head coach Kenny Atkinson.

But with Irving expected to be ready to go for the start of the 2020-21 season, and Kevin Durant likely ready to join him, the Nets reportedly have their eyes on adding a third star to the mix.

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While staying within the social distancing guidelines -- 60 feet, six inches apart, to be exact -- Mets right-handed pitcher Marcus Stroman and outfielder/first baseman Dominic Smith prepared for the season together on Monday.

In the street in Florida, Stroman pitched to Smith, who was sans shoes and not wearing a mask.

Click below to see...

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Former Mets right-hander Bartolo Colon has amazed us with a behind-the-back flip and a home run deep into the San Diego night. Now, he's showing off his billiards skills.

The 46-year-old Colon hasn't yet hung up his spikes, but he's spending part of the coronavirus hiatus honing his trick shots.

We documented one of them on Sunday. Here's another...

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Aaron Boone (Sam Navarro)
Aaron Boone (Sam Navarro)

Major League Baseball remains on hold amid the coronavirus pandemic, with the earliest start date for the regular season May 10.

On Friday, MLB and the MLBPA signed off on a deal regarding how things will shake out if there is a shortened or canceled season.

MLBPA chief Tony Clark said shortly after the deal was struck that while players prefer to play in front of fans and not empty ballparks, they are open to doing whatever gets them back playing as soon as possible.

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Feb 18, 2020; Port St. Lucie, Florida, USA; New York Mets manager Luis Rojas swings a bat between workout stations at spring training. Mandatory Credit: Jim Rassol-USA TODAY Sports (Jim Rassol)
Feb 18, 2020; Port St. Lucie, Florida, USA; New York Mets manager Luis Rojas swings a bat between workout stations at spring training. Mandatory Credit: Jim Rassol-USA TODAY Sports (Jim Rassol)

Major League Baseball remains on hold amid the coronavirus pandemic, with the earliest start date for the regular season May 10.

On Friday, MLB and the MLBPA signed off on a deal regarding how things will shake out if there is a shortened or canceled season.

MLBPA chief Tony Clark said shortly after the deal was struck that while players prefer to play in front of fans and not empty ballparks, they are open to doing whatever gets them back playing as soon as possible.

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By winning a few games at the end of the season, the Giants almost certainly cost themselves a chance at drafting game-changing edge-rusher Chase Young.

But Big Blue is still in good position at No. 4 in the NFL Draft and should be able to come away with a cornerstone player.

SNY's Ralph Vacchiano recently made his three-round mock. Here's how the other latest mocks see things shaking out...

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After having the No. 3 pick in the NFL Draft in 2018 and 2019 and nabbing Sam Darnold and Quinnen Williams, the Jets find themselves all the way down at No. 11 for the 2020 draft.

But there will still be plenty of elite players to choose from.

SNY's Ralph Vacchiano recently made his three-round mock. Here's how the other latest mocks see things shaking out...

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Major League Baseball and the Players' Association signed off Friday on a deal regarding how things will shake out if there is a shortened or canceled season amid the coronavirus pandemic.

According to multiple reports, the deal between MLB and the MLBPA focuses on how a shortened season will look (including the potential of an expanded playoff field), where games will be played (including the potential of playing at neutral sites and/or in front of no fans for a period of time), and how arbitration and free agency will be impacted if the season is shortened or canceled. 

Per Tony Clark, who is the chief of the MLBPA, players -- while preferring to play in front of fans and not empty ballparks -- are open to whatever gets them back playing as soon as possible.

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Marcus Stroman and Rick Porcello
Marcus Stroman and Rick Porcello

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While it is unclear when or if the 2020 MLB season will begin as the United States and rest of the world remains on various forms of lockdown amid the coronavirus pandemic, the league and Players' Association have agreed to a deal regarding how things will shake out if there is a shortened or canceled season.

According to multiple reports, the deal between MLB and the MLBPA focuses on how a shortened season will look (including the potential of an expanded playoff field), where games will be played (including the potential of playing at neutral sites and/or in front of no fans for a period of time), and how arbitration and free agency will be impacted if the season is shortened or canceled. 

Tags: Anthony Kay, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Steven Matz, Danny Abriano
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With Major League Baseball and all other major sports on pause due to the coronavirus pandemic, MLB commissioner Rob Manfred is hopeful that the season will begin at some point in May.

While June and perhaps July are likelier target dates for the start of the season, one thing has remained constant for the Mets -- even with the team recently losing Noah Syndergaard for the season.

Their odds to win the NL East and reach/win the World Series have not moved much.

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Aug 30, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) shakes hands with New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) after their game at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)
Aug 30, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) shakes hands with New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) after their game at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)

Giants legend Eli Manning, who knows a thing or two about beating Tom Brady in big games, recently reacted to the 42-year-old future Hall-of-Famer's decision to bolt the Patriots for the Buccaneers.

"I was surprised, how it all worked out," Manning told Steve Serby of the New York Post. "I just did not imagine him leaving, them letting him go and him going somewhere else, just from my experience. But for him to have had all the success, do everything he'd done in New England and did it with one organization, I guess you just kind of wonder what was the reasoning? I don't know if he felt unappreciated, or just wanted to try something different, but was surprised that this went down."

But while Brady is gone from New England and the team currently has only quarterbacks who profile as backups on its roster, Manning doesn't think Bill Belichick and the Pats' reign of Kings of the AFC East is necessarily over.

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Feb 16, 2020; Port St. Lucie, Florida, USA; New York Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard warms-up during a workout at spring training. Mandatory Credit: Jim Rassol-USA TODAY Sports (Jim Rassol)
Feb 16, 2020; Port St. Lucie, Florida, USA; New York Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard warms-up during a workout at spring training. Mandatory Credit: Jim Rassol-USA TODAY Sports (Jim Rassol)

Mets RHP Noah Syndergaard's Tommy John surgery went as expected on Thursday, the team said Friday.

While most elective surgeries have been paused due to the coronavirus pandemic, Syndergaard's -- which took place in Florida -- was detremined by doctors to be essential due to the impact on his career.

The common recovery time for pitchers from Tommy John surgery is 12-to-16 months, meaning Syndergaard will miss the entire 2020 season and potentially part of the 2021 season as well.

SNY's Andy Martino reported earlier this week that a "reasonable expectation" for when Syndergaard returns is Memorial Day of the 2021 season, which is his final season of arbitration before free agency.

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Mar 4, 2020; Port St. Lucie, Florida, USA; New York Mets left fielder Jeff McNeil (6) celebrates scoring a run against the St. Louis Cardinals in the first inning at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Sam Navarro-USA TODAY Sports (Sam Navarro)
Mar 4, 2020; Port St. Lucie, Florida, USA; New York Mets left fielder Jeff McNeil (6) celebrates scoring a run against the St. Louis Cardinals in the first inning at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Sam Navarro-USA TODAY Sports (Sam Navarro)

Jeff McNeil and his Mets teammates were supposed to be at Citi Field right now facing the Nationals in Opening Day.

Instead?

McNeil, who is still in Florida, spent part of his Thursday chasing a snake out of his backyard/pool area, where Willow (his dog) and Mac (his cat) were trying to have a relaxing afternoon. Click below to see...

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Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen
Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen

The MLB season is on hold due to the coronavirus pandemic, but teams are still allowed to make roster moves during the hiatus. And the Mets made a pair of them on Thursday.

Relievers Paul Sewald and Daniel Zamora were optioned to Triple-A Syracuse, the team announced, as the makeup of the 2020 bullpen continued to come into focus.

Before Noah Syndergaard was lost for the season due to Tommy John surgery, the Mets had been expected to use either Michael Wacha or Steven Matz to round out a bullpen that will feature eight relievers most of the time.

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Shea Stadium
Shea Stadium

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With the start of the 2020 season delayed until at least May 10 due to the coronavirus pandemic, this season -- and MLB is determined to salvage it -- would be the first shortened campaign since 1995, when the 1994 strike became a lockout that led to 18 games being sliced from the schedule.

The 2020 season could be similar to the 1995 season in one key aspect, with a potentially expanded playoff being considered. 2020 could also include postseason games played at neutral sites due to them spilling into November, and multiple doubelheaders per week as the league makes up lost games.

Before the 2020 season begins (hopefully by June), here's a look at how the Mets have fared in other shortened seasons -- and how those seasons looked.

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In an alternate universe, it's Opening Day at Citi Field, with Jacob deGrom and the Mets preparing to host the Nationals.

In this universe, 2020 Opening Day will have to wait -- until when, we don't know -- as the United States and the rest of the World practices social distancing in an effort to slow down the coronavirus pandemic.

For now, all we have are memories. So here are five of the most memorable moments in Mets Opening Day history...

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Feb 16, 2020; Tampa, Florida, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Gerrit Cole (45) and manager Aaron Boone (17) talk works out during spring training at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Feb 16, 2020; Tampa, Florida, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Gerrit Cole (45) and manager Aaron Boone (17) talk works out during spring training at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

Many Yankees staff members (including manager Aaron Boone) and players have left Tampa for home to wait out the coronavirus pause, but some players (including DJ LeMahieu and Giancarlo Stanton) remain.

On Wednesday, Boone -- who said he has been checking in regularly with GM Brian Cashman -- spoke to Yankees beat reporters to provide updates on what's been going on in Tampa and elsewhere...

An update on Aaron Judge

Judge, who is recovering from multiple related injuries, is still in "the healing phase" when it comes to his cracked rib and will be re-evaluated in a few weeks.

Like Giancarlo Stanton, the expectation is that Judge will be ready to go when the regular season starts no earlier than May 10.

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New York City, NY, USA; General view of Citi Field between the New York Mets and the Philadelphia Phillies. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
New York City, NY, USA; General view of Citi Field between the New York Mets and the Philadelphia Phillies. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

With the Major League Baseball season in an indefinite holding pattern due to the coronavirus pandemic and the earliest regular season start date May 10, the league and MLBPA have been discussing potential scenarios for how things might look if/when the season gets underway.

According to major league sources, MLB is determined to salvage some sort of baseball in 2020, and is still figuring out how that will look, SNY's Andy Martino reported on Tuesday

Per Martino, a "significantly shortened season and expanded postseason" are both possibilities, and "perhaps likelihoods." 

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Mets RHP Noah Syndergaard
Mets RHP Noah Syndergaard

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With the 2020 Major League Baseball season on hold indefinitely, Noah Syndergaard, the Mets, and their fans received news Tuesday that put a huge dent in their 2020 hopes -- and maybe their 2021 hopes as well.

Syndergaard, who had up to this point avoided a serious arm injury despite being one of the hardest throwers in the game, needs Tommy John surgery.

That surgery, which means the loss of Syndergaard for at least the entire 2020 season, will send ripple effects up and down the Mets' roster in 2020 and beyond and could have a huge impact on Syndergaard's personal future and his future with the Mets.

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In an enormous blow to the Mets' 2020 season and potentially their 2021 season as well, right-handed pitcher Noah Syndergaard will undergo Tommy John surgery on Thursday due to a torn UCL in his right elbow, the team announced Tuesday.

"After experiencing discomfort in his elbow before Spring Training was suspended due to the pandemic, Noah and our health and performance department have been in constant contact," Brodie Van Wagenen said in a statement. "Based on the persistence of his symptoms, Noah underwent a physical examination and MRI that revealed the ligament tear. A second opinion from Dr. Neal ElAttrache confirmed the diagnosis and the recommendation for surgery. Noah is an incredibly hard worker and a tremendous talent. While this is unfortunate, we have no doubt that Noah will be able to return to full strength and continue to be an integral part of our Championship pursuits in the future."

Recovery from Tommy John surgery for pitchers is ordinarily 12-to-16 months, likely putting the earliest return for Syndergaard at Opening Day of the 2021 season.

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Mets RHP Noah Syndergaard
Mets RHP Noah Syndergaard

Due in part to the "very long" construction period Rawlings needs to make baseballs after collecting data from the prior season, it's likely that there won't by any "major" change from the 2019 ball to the 2020 ball, Dr. Meredith Wills -- an astrophysicist and contributor to The Athletic -- told SNY

But Wills -- who recently received an award from SABR for baseball research -- believes a smaller but very significant change likely will be made.

That change could have a positive impact on Mets right-hander Noah Syndergaard and others who struggled to grip the 2019 baseball. And the league's policy to more strongly enforce an existing rule regarding pitchers who use substances on the baseballs could be a big reason for the likely change to the ball in 2020.

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Feb 12, 2020; New York, New York, USA; New York Knicks small forward Kevin Knox II (20) drives to the basket against Washington Wizards small forward Davis Bertans (42) during the fourth quarter at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Feb 12, 2020; New York, New York, USA; New York Knicks small forward Kevin Knox II (20) drives to the basket against Washington Wizards small forward Davis Bertans (42) during the fourth quarter at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

John Calipari, who coached Kevin Knox during his time at Kentucky, spoke at length about the Knicks' second-year pro on Tuesday about his adjustment to the NBA, his work ethic, and more.

Calipari, who announced Tuesday that, through The Calipari Foundation, he would be donating groceries to 400 families during the coronavirus pandemic, also implored the Knicks to not give up on Knox too soon.

On the adjustment period for Knox given his age

"He was so young. Some guys are even younger than their chronological age, which is young. And guess what? He's one of those. He was the youngest player in that draft. And he was learning about himself. And i come back to: you've got to conquer yourself before you can conquer anybody else. Being in that league, I've never heard him complain one time. How about that? That he's accepting, 'I'm responsible for me. I am what my stats say I am. I'm responsible. And I've got a ways to go.'"

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MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred
MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred

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2019 was the year of the home run in Major League Baseball, with many balls that used to be ordinary fly outs sailing out of ballparks. The combination of pitchers being unable to properly grip baseballs that were slicker and had lower seams and hitters taking aim at a ball that was flying differently once hit led to numbers that were staggering.

An MLB-record 6,776 home runs were hit during the 2019 season, up from 5,585 in 2018. There had been a spike from 2016 to 2017 as well (5,610 home runs to 6,105 home runs), but 2019 was simply a different animal. And it transformed baseball into a different sport than it had ever been before, arguably for the worst.

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Feb 18, 2020; Tampa, Florida, USA; New York Yankees designated hitter Giancarlo Stanton (27) walks out to batting practice as he works out during spring training at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Feb 18, 2020; Tampa, Florida, USA; New York Yankees designated hitter Giancarlo Stanton (27) walks out to batting practice as he works out during spring training at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

Yankees outfielder/designated hitter Giancarlo Stanton, who was slowed by a calf injury during spring training, has progressed to the point where he'd likely be able to return to games if spring training was still going on.

"If we were to start spring training games up tomorrow, he'd probably be ready to go," manager Aaron Boone told the YES Network on Monday.

Stanton, who has continued to prepare for the season at the club's spring training facility in Tampa (though things could change for him and other players soon), was among a group of Yankees who were hitting last week under the watchful eye of hitting coach Marcus Thames.

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Feb 14, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA; A general view of George M. Steinbrenner Field where the New York Yankees hit batting practice during spring training. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Feb 14, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA; A general view of George M. Steinbrenner Field where the New York Yankees hit batting practice during spring training. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

With new directives potentially coming from the state of Florida in their efforts to combat the spread of coronavirus, the situation at the Yankees' spring training facility in Tampa could be up in the air.

It's possible that fitness centers will be closed soon in the state, with there also potentially being a shelter-in-place order from Hillsborough County, according to Kristie Ackert of the New York Daily News, who reports that some of the players still working out at the facility are concerned about it shutting down.

"I don't know. That's something I am going to have to think about. Maybe Arizona," Tyler Wade told Ackert about where he might go if the facility closes. "I think a lot of guys are going out there. Hopefully, maybe since our numbers are small, I mean there's three of us, four of us in there not counting the rehab guys. They are doing their thing in the training room... so we're never this close to each other. So hopefully it's beneficial to us."

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Feb 5, 2016; Dallas, TX, USA; ESPN NBA analyst Jeff Van Gundy watches the game between the Dallas Mavericks and the San Antonio Spurs at the American Airlines Center. The Spurs defeat the Mavericks 116-90. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports (Jerome Miron)
Feb 5, 2016; Dallas, TX, USA; ESPN NBA analyst Jeff Van Gundy watches the game between the Dallas Mavericks and the San Antonio Spurs at the American Airlines Center. The Spurs defeat the Mavericks 116-90. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports (Jerome Miron)

Referring to the Knicks as "dysfunctional," Stan Van Gundy -- who said he had no interest in coaching the team -- touched on his brother Jeff's potential interest in again being New York's head coach. 

"I'm not really interested in the New York Knicks, no," Stan Van Gundy said on ESPN Radio, according to Mike Vorkunov of The Athletic. "First of all there's a family history there. If anyone would be interested in that it -- and I'm not sure he is, either -- it would be my brother. And number two, I just -- I've said this, I'm different than a lot of coaches in looking at jobs. To me it's all about who you work for and who you work with. Everything I've seen over the last few years with that organization says that it's extremely dysfunctional."

Stan Van Gundy also said the Nets' job is better than the Knicks' job right now.

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Mar 4, 2020; Port St. Lucie, Florida, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Marcus Stroman (0) delivers a pitch against the St. Louis Cardinals during the third inning at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Sam Navarro-USA TODAY Sports (Sam Navarro)
Mar 4, 2020; Port St. Lucie, Florida, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Marcus Stroman (0) delivers a pitch against the St. Louis Cardinals during the third inning at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Sam Navarro-USA TODAY Sports (Sam Navarro)

Native New Yorker and Mets right-hander Marcus Stroman is utilizing his HDMH (Height Doesn't Measure Heart) Foundation to help with the state's response to the coronavirus pandemic.

New York City has been hit harder than anywhere in the country, with 10,764 known positive cases and 99 deaths as of Monday morning.

Millions of New Yorkers rely on food banks each year. As the COVID-19 health crisis continues to unfold, that number will grow, especially as millions of at risk children across the nation lose the healthy meals they depend on due to schools closing nationwide, reads the call-to-action on the HDMH website.

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Edwin Diaz
Edwin Diaz

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Major League Baseball and all other major sports remain on hold as the United States and the rest of the world practices social distancing in an effort to slow the spread of coronavirus.

When things start to return to normal and the 2020 baseball season -- hopefully -- begins, the Mets will have a bunch of roster and lineup decisions facing them after what will very likely be an abbreviated second spring training of sorts.

Among those decisions...

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Aug 9, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets pitcher Marcus Stroman (7) at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)
Aug 9, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets pitcher Marcus Stroman (7) at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)

Jeff McNeil has been playing monopoly with his Mets teammates and ping pong with his cat, Mac.

Pete Alonso is trying to get the hang of MLB The Show.

Marcus Stroman? He's gearing up for a virtual beer pong tournament he plans to play with Dominic Smith as his partner.

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Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter |

The coronavirus pandemic has led to the shuttering of all the major sports leagues, and most people in the United States and around the world are practicing social distancing in an effort to slow the spread of the virus.

Spring training is shuttered as players on the Mets and other teams continue to prepare for the season either at their home team's spring training complex (without group workouts) or elsewhere.

Tags: Amed Rosario, Brandon Nimmo, Dominic Smith, Edwin Diaz, Jacob deGrom, Jeff McNeil, Jeurys Familia, Justin Wilson, Luis Guillorme, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Pete Alonso, Rene Rivera, Robert Gsellman, Robinson Cano, Seth Lugo, Steven Matz, Tomas Nido, Wilson Ramos, Yoenis Cespedes, Danny Abriano
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Feb 10, 2020; Indianapolis, Indiana, USA; A NBA basketball rests on the floor during a game between the Brooklyn Nets and the Indiana Pacers during the fourth quarter at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports
Feb 10, 2020; Indianapolis, Indiana, USA; A NBA basketball rests on the floor during a game between the Brooklyn Nets and the Indiana Pacers during the fourth quarter at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

In a memo sent on Thursday, the NBA has informed teams that they should shutter their facilities due to the coronavirus situation, SNY's Ian Begley confirmed.

Teams had been cautious during workouts with players prior to the ban. Several teams had limited workouts to 20 minutes per player. Some teams didn't want the coach working with the player to touch the ball the player was shooting with, instructing the player to use a shooting machine rather than having the coach rebound. With team facilities now closed, players will have to work out on their own while following the league guidelines around social distancing.

The NBA had recently informed teams that players were allowed to travel out of market, but that the preference of the league was that players remain in the cities they play.

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Jan 1, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets corner back Darrelle Revis (24) runs off the field after a game against the Buffalo Bills at MetLife Stadium.  (Brad Penner (USA Today))
Jan 1, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets corner back Darrelle Revis (24) runs off the field after a game against the Buffalo Bills at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner (USA Today))

When he was at his Revis Island heights, Darrelle Revis left the Jets to ink a six-year $96 million deal with the Buccaneers in 2013.

As Albert Breer of SI points out, the $16 million average annual value that Revis received on that monster deal (Revis also received $16 million annually from the Jets when returning to Gang Green in 2015) is still right around where the current top of the cornerback market is seven years later.

Adding more context to the situation, Mike Tannenbaum broke down the current state of the cornerback market.

Tags: Darrelle Revis, Danny Abriano
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Feb 17, 2020; Tampa, Florida, USA; New York Yankees infielder DJ LeMahieu (26) tosses the ball towards second base during spring training at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Jonathan Dyer-USA TODAY Sports (Jonathan Dyer)
Feb 17, 2020; Tampa, Florida, USA; New York Yankees infielder DJ LeMahieu (26) tosses the ball towards second base during spring training at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Jonathan Dyer-USA TODAY Sports (Jonathan Dyer)

Yankees infielder DJ LeMahieu was at the team's complex at Steinbrenner field again on Thursday -- a day after hitting at the facility along with Giancarlo Stanton, Clint Frazier, and Tyler Wade.

And LeMahieu said Thursday that his plan is to stay in Tampa for the foreseeable future.

According to Bryan Hoch of MLB.com, LeMahieu said being able to work out at Steinbrenner Field is keeping him "sane" admist the coronavirus shutdown, adding that the gyms are closed in Michigan (where he lives) and the weather is better in Florida.

Tags: Clint Frazier, DJ LeMahieu, Giancarlo Stanton, Tyler Wade, Danny Abriano
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Edwin Jackson
Edwin Jackson

Before Edwin Jackson signed a minor league deal with the Arizona Diamondbacks in February, he was also weighing a minor league offer from the Mets. And he would've made history if he signed there.

According to Zach Buchanan of The Athletic, "people close to Jackson" were pushing for Jackson (who had previously played for the Diamondbacks) to join the Mets instead, where he would've broken his own record for most teams played for in a major league career had he made the big league roster in 2020.

Instead, the 36-year-old Jackson signed with the Diamondbacks. And his record of teams played for will remain at 14 instead of ticking up to 15.

Tags: Dellin Betances, Edwin Diaz, Jacob deGrom, Jeurys Familia, Justin Wilson, Noah Syndergaard, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Steven Matz, Danny Abriano
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Mar 15, 2020; Tampa, Florida, USA; A general view of George M. Steinbrenner Field were the spring training game between the Minnesota Twins and New York Yankees has been canceled do to the COVID-19 virus. Major League Baseball is also delaying the start of the regular season by at least two weeks.Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Mar 15, 2020; Tampa, Florida, USA; A general view of George M. Steinbrenner Field were the spring training game between the Minnesota Twins and New York Yankees has been canceled do to the COVID-19 virus. Major League Baseball is also delaying the start of the regular season by at least two weeks.Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

While Yankees manager Aaron Boone, much of his staff, and a bunch of players left spring training in Tampa on Tuesday to head home, there are still coaches and players who continue to prepare for the season at Steinbrenner Field.

The four players who were there hitting on Wednesday were Giancarlo Stanton, DJ LeMahieu, Clint Frazier, and Tyler Wade, according to hitting coach Marcus Thames.

Stanton, who had resumed baseball activities on March 7 as he worked his way back from a calf strain, will almost certainly be ready for Opening Day now that the season has been pushed back to the second week of May at the earliest.

Tags: Clint Frazier, DJ LeMahieu, Giancarlo Stanton, Tyler Wade, Danny Abriano
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Feb 29, 2020; West Palm Beach, Florida, USA; New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso (20) takes first base against the Houston Astros at FITTEAM Ballpark of the Palm Beaches. Mandatory Credit: Jim Rassol-USA TODAY Sports (Jim Rassol)
Feb 29, 2020; West Palm Beach, Florida, USA; New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso (20) takes first base against the Houston Astros at FITTEAM Ballpark of the Palm Beaches. Mandatory Credit: Jim Rassol-USA TODAY Sports (Jim Rassol)

On Tuesday night, 18-year-old Ally Henglein made an impassioned plea to the Mets on behalf of her 82-year-old grandmother, Kathleen Selig, who was recently diagnosed with small cell lung cancer.

Describing her grandmother as a diehard Mets fan "from the start," Henglein gave color to the life Selig has led and asked for help on Twitter with bringing attention to her grandmother with the hope that the Mets could contact her and help "brighten her spirits."

"She was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York and always took the opportunity to go see a ball game with her father," Henglein wrote. "Since the mid 1960's, she has lived and breathed everything Mets. She's covered in blue and orange head to toe. She wears Mets apparel every day of her life, day and night, winter or summer. She even paints her nails blue and orange, and has worn a gold Mets necklace for the last 18 years that I have known her."

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Luis Rojas, Brodie Van Wagenen, and Michael Conforto
Luis Rojas, Brodie Van Wagenen, and Michael Conforto

Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter |

Less than a week after Major League Baseball and all other major sports in the United States shut down due to coronavirus, the country is already a much different place.

As of Wednesday afternoon, there were 6,519 known coronavirus cases in the U.S., with New York (1,717 confirmed cases) having the most in the country. Some cities, including San Francisco, have ordered residents to shelter in place. And New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said Tuesday that the peak of the coronavirus pandemic in the city could be in early-May. 

Tags: Dellin Betances, JD Davis, Michael Conforto, Yoenis Cespedes, Danny Abriano
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A general view of Barclays Center
A general view of Barclays Center

Shortly after it was announced that the entire Nets team had been tested for coronavirus -- with four players testing positive, including Kevin Durant -- New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio took issue with the situation.

"We wish them a speedy recovery. But, with all due respect, an entire NBA team should NOT get tested for COVID-19 while there are critically ill patients waiting to be tested," de Blasio tweeted. "Tests should not be for the wealthy, but for the sick."

According to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, the Nets tested the entire team after they returned from San Francisco, with results coming in on Tuesday. Wojnarowski added that the Nets paid a private company to administer the tests.

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Feb 14, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA; A general view of George M. Steinbrenner Field where the New York Yankees hit batting practice during spring training. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Feb 14, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA; A general view of George M. Steinbrenner Field where the New York Yankees hit batting practice during spring training. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

A second Yankees minor leaguer has tested positive for coronavirus, the team confirmed on Tuesday evening.

"We can confirm that a second minor league player from our Player Development complex has tested positive for the COVID-19 virus," the Yankees said in a team statement. "While under self-quarantine, the player reported fatigue and an elevated body temperature to Yankees medical personnel. The test was administered on Sunday, and the player returned to self-quarantine following the positive results. We can also report that within the past 48 hours his symptoms have dissipated.  

"We will continue to follow all protocols and recommendations established by local and federal public health experts and Major League Baseball."

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The Nets announced Tuesday that four players have tested positive for coronavirus.

Four Brooklyn Nets players have tested positive for the COVID-19 virus. Of the four, one player is exhibiting symptoms while three are asymptomatic, the team said in a statement. All four players are presently isolated and under the care of team physicians.

The organization is currently notifying anyone who has had known contact with the players, including recent opponents, and is working closely with state and local health authorities on reporting. All players and members of the Nets travel party are being asked to remain isolated, closely monitor their health and maintain constant communication with team medical staff. The health of our players and staff is of the highest priority to the organization and the team is doing everything within its power to ensure that those affected receive the best care possible.
 
As always, we appreciate the support of our fans, partners and surrounding community, and we wish all those who are battling this virus a speedy recovery.

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Feb 16, 2020; Tampa, Florida, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Gerrit Cole (45) and manager Aaron Boone (17) talk works out during spring training at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Feb 16, 2020; Tampa, Florida, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Gerrit Cole (45) and manager Aaron Boone (17) talk works out during spring training at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

Amidst the MLB shutdown due to coronavirus, Yankees manager Aaron Boone, part of his coaching staff, and several players departed the team's spring training complex in Tampa on Tuesday to head home.

Saying "stay safe, y'all" as he pulled away, Boone had said Monday that he was preparing to depart spring training to head back north.

According to Kristie Ackert of the New York Daily News, the majority of the Yankees' coaching staff was leaving to head home on Tuesday in addition to Boone.

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