Danny Abriano

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

Aug 27, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso (20) runs the bases celebrating his solo home run in the fourth inning setting the Mets all time single season home run record against the Chicago Cubs at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)
Aug 27, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso (20) runs the bases celebrating his solo home run in the fourth inning setting the Mets all time single season home run record against the Chicago Cubs at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)

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Mets first baseman Pete Alonso hit 53 homers in 2019 as he shattered the single-season rookie record and led all of the majors. While Alonso is among the favorites to hit the most homers during a shortened 2020 season that could be roughly 82 games, he is not the favorite.

Here are the players with the best odds, per BetMGM:

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Apr 3, 2018; Anaheim, CA, USA; Sports agent Scott Boras watches batting practice during a MLB baseball game between the Los Angeles Angels and the Cleveland Indians at Angel Stadium of Anaheim. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports (Kirby Lee)
Apr 3, 2018; Anaheim, CA, USA; Sports agent Scott Boras watches batting practice during a MLB baseball game between the Los Angeles Angels and the Cleveland Indians at Angel Stadium of Anaheim. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports (Kirby Lee)

With owners giving approval on May 11 to Major League Baseball's proposal to begin the 2020 season amid the coronavirus pandemic, negotiations are now ongoing between the league and Players Association.

The goal is to begin a second spring training of sorts around June 10 and for Opening Day to be around July 1, meaning the league and players have a finite amount of time to reach an agreement.

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When the 2020 MLB season (hopefully) begins, new health and safety protocols will be in place due to the coronavirus pandemic. It's not yet clear exactly what the protocols will be, but with high-fives and fist bumps likely to be forbidden, how will walk-off celebrations look?

The Mets made an art form out of walk-offs last season, with the player responsible for the game-winner getting his jersey ripped off. The celebrations also featured players dousing one another with water and food, and Dominic Smith using his scooter to take part while he was recovering from a foot injury.

Asked during the latest Cookie Club presented by Insomnia Cookies what celebrations could look like in 2020, Smith had some ideas in mind.

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With MLB and the Players Association deep in negotiations for the potential return of the 2020 season -- which could mean a second spring training starting around June 10 -- players are ramping up their preparation.

For J.D. Davis and Dominic Smith, that means things have gotten more intense.

"Right now what I'm doing (is) I'm getting more balls off the machine. Getting ready, swinging a little bit harder, making sure I do some more sprints, some more long distance stuff," Davis said Wednesday during The Cookie Club presented by Insomnia Cookies. "Definitely ramping it up here, definitely getting the itch. The month before it was kind of that mystery of when we're gonna start, but now it's becoming a little more clear that it's gonna start here in the next couple of weeks. I have no idea, I don't make those decisions, but I'm excited for that phone call."

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Feb 21, 2020; Raleigh, North Carolina, USA; New York Rangers left wing Chris Kreider (20) reacts during the third period against the Carolina Hurricanes at PNC Arena. The New York Rangers defeated the Carolina Hurricanes 5-2. Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports (James Guillory)
Feb 21, 2020; Raleigh, North Carolina, USA; New York Rangers left wing Chris Kreider (20) reacts during the third period against the Carolina Hurricanes at PNC Arena. The New York Rangers defeated the Carolina Hurricanes 5-2. Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports (James Guillory)

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When the 2019-20 NHL season was paused due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Rangers were in position to make a run, but still on the outside looking in when it came to the playoffs.

When the season resumes, potentially around mid-July, the Rangers will be part of the 24-team playoff format, facing the Carolina Hurricanes as the No. 11 of 12 Eastern Conference seeds in the five-game qualifying round.

The Rangers' odds to win at all are currently +7500, per William Hill Sports Book, giving them the same odds as four other teams, including the Islanders. 

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Sep 22, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Giants cornerback Deandre Baker (27) during the second half at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Sep 22, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Giants cornerback Deandre Baker (27) during the second half at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

Giants CB DeAndre Baker was released from jail on bond on May 17 after turning himself in to face charges of armed robbery and aggravated assault. Baker's attorneys maintain their client is innocent.

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Jun 21, 2019; Bradenton, FL, USA; Team Howard outfielder Austin Hendrick (12) at bat during the eighth inning at IMG Academy. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Jun 21, 2019; Bradenton, FL, USA; Team Howard outfielder Austin Hendrick (12) at bat during the eighth inning at IMG Academy. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

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In the last 10 years, the Mets have selected an outfielder with their first pick in the first round of the MLB Draft three times.

The picks of Brandon Nimmo (2011) and Michael Conforto (2014) have worked out incredibly well, and they currently make up two thirds of the Mets' expected starting outfield.

The other outfielder the Mets most recently drafted? That would be Jarred Kelenic, who was selected in 2018 and traded to the Seattle Mariners in the deal that brought Edwin Diaz and Robinson Cano to Queens. Regardless of whether Diaz and/or Cano improve in Year 2 in New York, including Kelenic in that deal was unwise. And he is now a consensus top 10 prospect in baseball who will likely be in the majors by 2021.

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Bartolo Colon, who is not giving up on pitching again in the majors even at age 47, was already a Mets folk hero before he launched a home run deep into the San Diego night in 2016.

But that home run, coming after so many at-bats filled with laughs as Colon spun around and his helmet flew off -- added to his lore.

"I still have the bat; it's a beautiful memory for me," Colon told ESPN's Marly Rivera about the home run and his thoughts before it happened. "Ever since [my debut] with Cleveland, I always dreamt of playing interleague baseball. When I was with the White Sox [in 2003], one time I thought it was going to happen, when I faced Carlos Zambrano of the Cubs. I really thought I was going to hit it out that day because the ball was flying out of the park.

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Sam Darnold/Daniel Jones
Sam Darnold/Daniel Jones

Jets QB Sam Darnold is entering his third season in the league and Giants QB Daniel Jones is entering his second. Both have been quite impressive, but they are behind rookie Joe Burrow (and some other questionably-ranked QBs) on NBC Sports Philadelphia's ranking of all 32 QBs in the NFL.

Darnold, who threw for 3,024 yards with 19 touchdowns and 13 interceptions in 13 starts during a season that was interrupted by mono, was ranked 23rd, with Baker Mayfield No. 22.

Jones, who threw for 3,027 yards with 24 touchdowns and 12 interceptions in 12 starts for a rebuilding Giants team, was ranked No. 26 -- just behind Ryan Fitzpatrick (No. 25) and Teddy Bridgewater (No. 24).

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On Sunday, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo cleared local sports teams to begin training in the state. On Tuesday, New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy followed suit.

"Professional sports teams in NJ may return to training and even competition - if their leagues choose to move in that direction," Murphy said in a statement. "We have been in constant discussions with teams about necessary protocols to protect the health and safety of players, coaches, and personnel."

The above gives the Jets and Giants clearance to open their facilities under the NFL's protocol, meaning limited business/front office staff can return.

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Since the inception of the team in 1946, the Knicks have taken fans on a wild ride that has included eight trips to the NBA Finals, two championships, some runs of dominance, and some dry spells.

When it comes to putting together the Knicks' All-Time team, some of the names can be added to the roster by simply glancing up at the rafters at Madison Square Garden. Other players are much tougher to decide on, and choosing who's on the first team and the second team is no picnic.

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In the last 25 years, the Mets have taken a corner infielder with their first pick in the first round of the MLB Draft just four times.

The last two taken were Brett Baty in 2019 and Dominic Smith in 2013. Before that, it was Ike Davis in 2008. You then have to go all the way back to David Wright in 2001 -- and Wright was a supplemental pick who was taken 38th overall.

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Mar 4, 2020; Port St. Lucie, Florida, USA; New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso (20) runs to the dugout against the St. Louis Cardinals at the end of 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 first baseman Pete Alonso (20) runs to the dugout against the St. Louis Cardinals at the end of the third inning at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Sam Navarro-USA TODAY Sports (Sam Navarro)

Zero players finished the 2019 MLB season with more home runs than Pete Alonso's 53. And Only five National League players had a higher slugging percentage than Alonso's .583. But there are currently 15 players who are better bets than Alonso to win the 2020 NL MVP award, per PointsBet.

Some of those names make plenty of sense.

Dodgers teammates Mookie Betts and Cody Bellinger lead the pack, followed by Christian Yelich, who slugged an outrageous .671 in 2019.

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Dec 8, 2019; Las Vegas, NV, USA; New York Rangers left wing Artemi Panarin (10) celebrates after scoring a first period goal against the Vegas Golden Knights at T-Mobile Arena. Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports (Stephen R. Sylvanie)
Dec 8, 2019; Las Vegas, NV, USA; New York Rangers left wing Artemi Panarin (10) celebrates after scoring a first period goal against the Vegas Golden Knights at T-Mobile Arena. Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports (Stephen R. Sylvanie)

There are still details to be finalized regarding the NHL's return to finish the 2019-20 season amid the coronavirus pandemic, but the format has been agreed upon. And it includes the Rangers.

If the NHL hammers everything out, the Rangers will return to the ice against the Carolina Hurricanes in a best-of-five opening round playoff series with a chance to advance from the round of 24 to the round of 16 -- where the top four seeds in each conference will be waiting.

Under the plan, the Rangers would be the No. 11 seed and the Hurricanes would be the No. 6 seed.

Tags: Alexander Georgiev, Chris Kreider, Henrik Lundqvist, Igor Shesterkin, Mika Zibanejad, Danny Abriano
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The World Series trophy (Gary A. Vasquez)
The World Series trophy (Gary A. Vasquez)

Shortly after news came out that Mets RHP Noah Syndergaard would undergo Tommy John surgery and miss the entire 2020 MLB season, New York's odds to win the World Series sat at +1800.

Those +1800 odds were the seventh-best in baseball.

With roughly two months having passed, the Mets' odds to win the World Series are now +1400, per PointsBet, giving them the sixth-best odds to win it all (with them jumping the Minnesota Twins in that regard).

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With the 2020 MLB season expected to feature the universal DH and be shortened to roughly 82 games (if and when it begins, hopefully around July 1), the Mets are one of the National League teams that could benefit the most.

If you take one quick glance at the Mets' roster, four players jump out immediately as DH candidates: Yoenis Cespedes, J.D. Davis, Dominic Smith, and Robinson Cano.

During The Cookie Club presented by Insomnia Cookies on Wednesday, manager Luis Rojas, Davis, and Smith all talked about the kind of impact the universal DH this season could have on the team and on them personally.

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Dominic Smith, Jacob deGrom, JD Davis, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Pete Alonso, Robinson Cano, Yoenis Cespedes, Danny Abriano
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Mets RHP Jeurys Familia (Jim Rassol)
Mets RHP Jeurys Familia (Jim Rassol)

Mets reliever Jeurys Familia, who has been working out with teammate Dellin Betances under the training of Dave Paladino in New Jersey, is confident he and Betances will be fine during a potentially shortened 2020 season. But he's worried about other players.

"I think it'll cause a lot of injuries," Familia told Pat Ragazzo of Metsmerized. "Most guys aren't fortunate enough to have the same level of training as me and Dellin. Thank God Dave is allowing us to use his facility so we can throw every day, stretch out our arms, and get the proper physical training we need to prepare."

Betances, whose velocity was down early in spring training (as it often is at that point) said his velocity is "good right now," and Familia said the two relievers have been in touch with the Mets' trainer as they continue to prepare for the season.

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New York Mets relief pitcher Francisco Rodriguez reacts after getting the final out in the Mets' 4-0 win over the Atlanta Braves in a baseball game in Atlanta on Wednesday,  June 15, 2011. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
New York Mets relief pitcher Francisco Rodriguez reacts after getting the final out in the Mets' 4-0 win over the Atlanta Braves in a baseball game in Atlanta on Wednesday, June 15, 2011. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

Former Mets closer Francisco Rodriguez, whose time in New York from 2009-2011 was marked by success on the mound (3.05 ERA and 10 K/9) and controversy off of it (an arrest due to a fist fight with his father-in-law at Citi Field), is attempting an unlikely comeback at the age of 38.

Rodriguez last pitched in the majors in 2017 with the Detroit Tigers.

"That is the goal," he told Venezuelan journalist Guillermo Arcay. "In spite of the fact that I'm seen as being advanced in age, that is the goal. The injuries and the ups and downs have slowed me down. But I have the conviction, the hunger and I am completely sure I can accomplish it. Many say it's impossible. Impossible was a child leaving the Barrio Kennedy and succeeding abroad."

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Apr 6, 2017; New York, NY, USA; General view during pre game introductions before a game between the New York Knicks and the Washington Wizards at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Apr 6, 2017; New York, NY, USA; General view during pre game introductions before a game between the New York Knicks and the Washington Wizards at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

A day after adding Walt Perrin as assistant GM, Knicks president Leon Rose has made another front office addition.

New York is hiring Frank Zanin in a front office role, league sources confirmed to SNY's Ian Begley.

Zanin had been working as a scout for the Oklahoma City Thunder since 2016, and has also worked as an assistant GM for the Brooklyn Nets.

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New York Mets starting pitcher Bartolo Colon (40) pitches against the Minnesota Twins during the first inning at Citi Field. (Brad Penner)
New York Mets starting pitcher Bartolo Colon (40) pitches against the Minnesota Twins during the first inning at Citi Field. (Brad Penner)

Bartolo Colon is not ready to ride off into the sunset, instead hoping to pitch again in 2020 before retiring. And he made it clear that his preference is to return to the Mets.

"If it was up to me, I would retire with the Mets," Colon said on a video call with ESPN. "I would like my career to end in New York."

The 46-year-old Colon, who did not pitch in 2019, pitched for the Mets from 2014-2016.

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Aug 31, 2016; New York City, NY, USA; New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo speaks to members of the New York Little League championship team during a press conference before a New York Mets game against the Miami Marlins at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Aug 31, 2016; New York City, NY, USA; New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo speaks to members of the New York Little League championship team during a press conference before a New York Mets game against the Miami Marlins at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

As Major League Baseball and the Players Association continue to negotiate toward the potential return of the sport amid the coronavirus pandemic, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Monday morning that he is in favor of all of the major sports franchises in the New York area resuming play without fans.

"I also have been encouraging major sports teams to plan reopenings without fans," Cuomo said during his daily coronavirus briefing. "But the games could be televised. New York State will help those major sports franchises to do just that. Hockey, basketball, baseball, football -- whoever can reopen -- we're a ready, willing, and able partner."

The plan currently being discussed by MLB and the players revolves around as many teams as possible opening the season in their home ballparks without fans in attendance.

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In the last 25 years, the Mets have taken a middle infielder with their first pick in the first round of the MLB Draft just twice -- Gavin Cecchini in 2012 and Reese Havens in 2008.

Cecchini was viewed as a low-ceiling pick, and he never stuck with the Mets during his many chances in the majors. Havens was viewed as a potential star, but his career was derailed due to injury.

You have to go all the way back to 1985 to find a Mets first-round middle infield pick who actually panned out as an infielder in the big leagues. That was Gregg Jefferies.

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Feb 21, 2020; Raleigh, North Carolina, USA; New York Rangers left wing Chris Kreider (20) reacts during the third period against the Carolina Hurricanes at PNC Arena. The New York Rangers defeated the Carolina Hurricanes 5-2. Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports (James Guillory)
Feb 21, 2020; Raleigh, North Carolina, USA; New York Rangers left wing Chris Kreider (20) reacts during the third period against the Carolina Hurricanes at PNC Arena. The New York Rangers defeated the Carolina Hurricanes 5-2. Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports (James Guillory)

The NHL and NHLPA are making progress on agreeing to a 24-team format for the potential resumption of the 2019-20 season amid the coronavirus pandemic, reports Pierre LeBrun of The Athletic.

According to LeBrun, the Return To Play Committee talked throughout the weekend, with more talks expected over the next few days.

The potential return outlined above wouldn't necessarily mean the immediate start of the playoffs. And with the exact format of the 24-team plan still not agreed upon, it remains unclear whether any potential return would include the Rangers.

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Mar 6, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA; A general view of New York Yankees batting practice prior to the game against the St. Louis Cardinals at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Mar 6, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA; A general view of New York Yankees batting practice prior to the game against the St. Louis Cardinals at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

Bob Watson, who served as Yankees GM from October of 1995 to February of 1998, has died at the age of 74.

At the helm during the Yankees' 1996 World Series victory over the Atlanta Braves, Watson became the first African American GM to win a World Series. 

Prior to becoming Yankees GM, Watson worked in the same capacity for the Houston Astros starting in 1993 after a stint as the hitting coach for the Oakland Athletics.

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Nov 13, 2016; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; General view of MetLife Stadium before a game between the New York Jets and the Los Angeles Rams. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports (Kirby Lee)
Nov 13, 2016; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; General view of MetLife Stadium before a game between the New York Jets and the Los Angeles Rams. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports (Kirby Lee)

Eight days after the NFL announced the 2020 regular season schedule, the Jets have announced their preseason schedule. 

The schedule is as follows:

Thursday, Aug. 13 vs. Giants, 7:30 p.m.

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Dec 15, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; A general view of MetLife Stadium prior to the game between the Houston Texans and the New York Jets. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports  (Kirby Lee)
Dec 15, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; A general view of MetLife Stadium prior to the game between the Houston Texans and the New York Jets. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports (Kirby Lee)

Eight days after the NFL announced the 2020 regular season schedule, the Giants have announced their preseason schedule. 

The schedule is as follows:

Thursday, Aug. 13 at Jets, 7:30 p.m.

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Jul 5, 2019; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Basketball player LaMelo Ball in attendance of the New Orleans Pelicans against the New York Knicks game during the NBA Summer League at Thomas & Mack Center. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
Jul 5, 2019; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Basketball player LaMelo Ball in attendance of the New Orleans Pelicans against the New York Knicks game during the NBA Summer League at Thomas & Mack Center. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Lavar Ball has not been shy about anything ever, and one of the things he's talked up is how the Knicks are a perfect fit for his son, LaMelo, who declared for the 2020 NBA Draft on April 29.

Speaking Wednesday on the Load Management podcast, Lavar continued to talk about the potential of LaMelo going to the Knicks. And he added his sons and LaMelo's brothers, Lonzo and LiAngelo, into the equation for good measure.

"I think so," the elder Ball said about the Knicks being a great fit for LaMelo. "The bright lights, East Coast. If everything lines up right, the Knicks get the first pick and get LaMelo and LiAngelo with him and somehow get Lonzo in the long run. Shoot - The Triple B's. The Ball Brothers on Broadway."

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A general view at Mets spring training
A general view at Mets spring training

Josh Wolf, the Mets' second-round pick (53rd overall) in the 2019 MLB Draft, is a 19-year-old power right-hander who is among the top 10 prospects in New York's system.

After being drafted, Wolf got his first taste of professional ball with the Rookie level (Gulf Coast League) Mets, posting a 3.38 ERA and 1.25 WHIP while allowing nine hits, striking out 12, and walking one in 8.0 innings over five starts as his innings were being managed.

Along with fellow 2019 draftee Matthew Allan, Wolf -- who features a fastball that has reached as high as 97 mph and an above average curve -- is already one of the most highly-regarded pitching prospects in the Mets' system. 

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Aaron Judge
Aaron Judge

The MLB pause due to the coronavirus pandemic has given injured Aaron Judge extra time to heal from shoulder and rib issues, but he still might not be ready for the potentially rescheduled Opening Day.

Yankees GM Brian Cashman said Thursday during a video chat with reporters that while Judge continues to heal, he was never expected to be MLB-ready until the "summertime," noting that Judge "wants to play as much as anybody" and that the Yanks are looking forward to having him back in the lineup.

"Ultimately, the broken rib that Aaron Judge suffered, it's in an area that the blood flow to that region is more difficult," Cashman said. "Blood flow is a significant part of the healing, so that's why the time frame is longer. When it happened, I always felt that we wouldn't see Judge more likely until the summertime."

While "summertime" could theoretically mean June 20, it could also mean any summer date after that.

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Aaron Judge, Brett Gardner, Clint Frazier, Giancarlo Stanton, Danny Abriano
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Mets first baseman Pete Alonso had a record-breaking rookie season in 2019, smashing 53 home runs to break Aaron Judge's single-season rookie record.

Alonso, who said he pressed for a week after hitting No. 51, explained Wednesday on The Cookie Club presented by Insomnia Cookies that it was hard to balance his home run chase against what was a Mets playoff chase in August and most of September.

"I think it really set in after I hit number 40 in Kansas City, where it's like -- I'm gonna say it -- 'holy sh-t, I've got a chance at this.' But I can't try and do it, because we're in a playoff run. if there's a guy on second (base), I gotta try and get a base hit and move him over. I can't just try and hit homers. I gotta be a good hitter first.

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The Mets have the No. 19 overall pick in the first round of the 2020 MLB Draft, expected to take place in a virtual format on June 10.

Since taking Matt Harvey in the first round of the 2010 draft, the Mets have selected a pitcher with their first round selection just twice in the last nine drafts -- Justin Dunn in 2016 and David Peterson in 2017.

New York also added two high-end arms during the 2019 draft when it nabbed Josh Wolf in the second round and took advantage in the third round, selecting Matthew Allan after he dropped out of the first round due to signability concerns.

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Knicks big man Mitchell Robinson has already established himself as an elite presence in the paint on both sides of the ball. And his potential would go through the roof if he developed a legit outside shot.

It seems like he might be doing just that during the coronavirus pause.

Robinson, in a video that is reportedly from Tuesday, is seen draining a straightaway three. He then displays some slick ball-handling before hitting a step-back three. 

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Feb 28, 2020; Port St. Lucie, Florida, USA; New York Mets second baseman Robinson Cano (24) warms-up before the game against the St. Louis Cardinals at Clover Park. Mandatory Credit: Jim Rassol-USA TODAY Sports
		
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Feb 28, 2020; Port St. Lucie, Florida, USA; New York Mets second baseman Robinson Cano (24) warms-up before the game against the St. Louis Cardinals at Clover Park. Mandatory Credit: Jim Rassol-USA TODAY Sports (Jim Rassol)

Mets second baseman Robinson Cano has been in his native Dominican Republic during the coronavirus pandemic, staying ready for what he hopes will be the resumption of the 2020 season.

"I'm just hoping every morning that I just wake up, that I might get a text from Luis Rojas or Brodie (Van Wagenen) that says, 'okay, this is the day that we're gonna show up in Florida or New York to go back to spring training,'" Cano said Tuesday during a conversation that was shared by the Mets.

The league and players are now engaged in dialogue regarding the proposal for what would be a shortened (potentially 82-game) season, and Cano and his teammates have been preparing and staying in shape.

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Mitchell Robinson dunks during Knicks game
Mitchell Robinson dunks during Knicks game

The Knicks were 21-45 when the NBA season was paused due to the coronavirus pandemic, 9.5 games behind the Orlando Magic for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. But if the regular season resumes, they could automatically be in a play-in playoff tournament.

A source confirmed to SNY's Ian Begley that a play-in plan is under consideration, but cautioned that there are many hurdles to get past with that plan -- including the potential impact it would have on the order for the NBA Draft Lottery.

The source added that "everything remains on the table."

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Dec 29, 2019; Orchard Park, New York, USA; New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold (14) warms up prior to the game against the Buffalo Bills at New Era Field. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports (Rich Barnes)
Dec 29, 2019; Orchard Park, New York, USA; New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold (14) warms up prior to the game against the Buffalo Bills at New Era Field. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports (Rich Barnes)

The NFL recently released the schedule for the 2020 season, with the caveat that things are flexible between now and Week 1 (and beyond) due to the uncertainty surrounding all activity in the United States due to the coronavirus pandemic.

While the league currently plans to start the season on time, it's very likely that a coronavirus vaccine will not be ready by then. Dr. Anthony Fauci said Tuesday that a vaccine would "more likely than not" be ready within a year or two.

With the preseason scheduled to begin in roughly three months, Jets QB Sam Darnold was asked Monday whether he was apprehensive about returning before a vaccine is available.

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CC Sabathia, who retired after the 2019 season following 11 seasons with the Yankees and 19 seasons in the majors overall, looks nothing like the left-hander who took the mound during his career.

The 6' 6" Sabathia, whose playing weight was around 300 pounds, is now absolutely jacked.

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Apr 24, 2018; St. Louis, MO, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Matt Harvey (33) walks off the field after the final out of the fifth inning against the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports (Jeff Curry)
Apr 24, 2018; St. Louis, MO, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Matt Harvey (33) walks off the field after the final out of the fifth inning against the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports (Jeff Curry)

Former Mets ace Matt Harvey, who was back on the mound last Thursday as he continued to stay in game shape with the MLB season paused due to the coronavirus pandemic, recently opened up on what could be next for him.

The 31-year-old free agent, who tried out with the Blue Jays during the offseason, is hoping to find a landing spot.

"I hope somebody gives me a shot," Harvey told Dan Martin of the New York Post. "I feel like I have many more years in me."

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MLB (Treated Image by SNY)
MLB (Treated Image by SNY)

With MLB owners giving approval Monday to a proposal for the resumption of the 2020 season that will be brought to the players on Tuesday, there are a number of huge questions that remain as the league attempts to start up again amid the coronavirus pandemic.

More important than any other question is how the league will protect the health of its players and any other employee essential to the season.

When it comes to what would happen if a player tests positive for coronavirus after the season resumes, a league executive told SNY's Andy Martino that the sport would not necessarily need to shut down.

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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)

During a call Monday between Major League Baseball and team owners, the league's proposal for the resumption of the 2020 season amid the coronavirus pandemic was approved, according to multiple reports.

The next step, as SNY's Andy Martino reported earlier Monday, will be that proposal being brought to the MLB Players Association on Tuesday.

During the call between the league and the players on Tuesday, it is expected that the players will be asked to take additional pay cuts beyond the already agreed-upon cuts that they took in March.

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Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter |

With the league and owners scheduled to speak on Monday regarding the proposal for the shortened 2020 MLB season and that proposal expected to be taken to the players on Tuesday, we could soon get some clarity on how and when MLB will resume amid the coronavirus pandemic.

While there are still roadblocks and there could be some discord between the league and players between now and the resumption of spring training, the proposal to be discussed this week calls for the regular season to start around July 1.

The shortened season is expected to look very different, with it being roughly 80 games long, teams playing without fans in attendance, expanded playoffs, expanded rosters, and more wrinkles. One of those other wrinkles -- a rather large one -- is a universal DH, which multiple reports indicate will likely be implemented.

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, JD Davis, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Robinson Cano, Yoenis Cespedes, Danny Abriano
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Nov 10, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Golden Tate (15) reacts after scoring a touchdown against the New York Jets during the second half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Nov 10, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Golden Tate (15) reacts after scoring a touchdown against the New York Jets during the second half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

The Giants and Steelers play on Monday Night Football in Week 1 as they kick off their respective 2020 seasons. And players from both sides are already talking some mild smack.

Things started innocently when Golden Tate tweeted his excitement for the matchup.

Steelers receiver Chase Claypool then quote tweeted Tate with a prediction.

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Among the many players the Mets took in last year's MLB Draft were promising pitchers Matthew Allan and Josh Wolf.

Allan is arguably the best pitching prospect in the Mets' system and Wolf has plenty of upside himself. Along with David Peterson, they could potentially combine to become the next wave of starting pitchers in the Mets' rotations of the future.

Tags: David Peterson, Matt Harvey, Danny Abriano
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Mets' Edwin Diaz, Pete Alonso and Yoenis Cespedes (Treated Image by SNY)
Mets' Edwin Diaz, Pete Alonso and Yoenis Cespedes (Treated Image by SNY)

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There are still many potential roadblocks ahead and an air of uncertainty about the 2020 MLB season due to the coronavirus pandemic, but the blueprint for what it could look like has reportedly come together.

According to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic, the league will have a call with the owners on Monday. And if the proposal the league has outlined for the 2020 season gets approval from the owners, it will be presented to the players on Tuesday.

The bullets:

Tags: Andres Gimenez, David Peterson, Edwin Diaz, Franklyn Kilome, Jacob deGrom, Jeurys Familia, Noah Syndergaard, Yoenis Cespedes, Danny Abriano
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Jul 18, 2019; Anaheim, CA, USA; Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Matt Harvey (33) pitches against the Houston Astros in the third inning at Angel Stadium of Anaheim. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports (Jayne Kamin-Oncea)
Jul 18, 2019; Anaheim, CA, USA; Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Matt Harvey (33) pitches against the Houston Astros in the third inning at Angel Stadium of Anaheim. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports (Jayne Kamin-Oncea)

Matt Harvey, who is continuing to stay in game shape with the 2020 MLB season paused due to the coronavirus pandemic, was back on the mound on Thursday.

Harvey, throwing indoors, posted to his Instagram...

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New York Giants wide receiver Brandon Marshall (15) runs a route as Dallas Cowboys safety Byron Jones (31) defends during an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 10, 2017, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Roger Steinman) (Roger Steinman/AP)
New York Giants wide receiver Brandon Marshall (15) runs a route as Dallas Cowboys safety Byron Jones (31) defends during an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 10, 2017, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Roger Steinman) (Roger Steinman/AP)

Brandon Marshall played only five games with the Giants during one injury-riddled season in 2017, but he was not shy Thursday while making critical comments about his former team.

When asked if he thought the Giants were a well-run organization, Marshall said "I did not."

"I think they're great people, I think they're a great organization, but I don't think they're disruptive enough," Marshall said during an appearance on The Herd on FS1. "There are a few organizations like the Chicago Bears, the New York Giants, even the Pittsburgh Steelers, where it's all about history. They don't want to change certain things. They want a certain guy, and I think that puts them in a box when the game is changing every year; when the culture of the kid is changing every year. When the culture of the coach is changing every year.

Tags: Brandon Marshall, Landon Collins, Odell Beckham Jr., Danny Abriano
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Mar 30, 2019; Washington, DC, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Edwin Diaz (39) throws to the Washington Nationals during the ninth inning at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)
Mar 30, 2019; Washington, DC, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Edwin Diaz (39) throws to the Washington Nationals during the ninth inning at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)

Though his strikeout numbers were still elite and he flashed unhittable stuff at times, Mets reliever Edwin Diaz had a nightmarish first season in Queens as his location betrayed him far too often as he gave up 15 home runs and posted a 5.59 ERA.

Part of what ailed Diaz in 2019 was his inability to harness his slider, but his fastball also found way too much plate. And new Mets pitching coach Jeremy Hefner is working on fixing both of those issues after diagnosing the problems.

"Edwin got in trouble with a little bit of arm-side run to his fastball and it ended up finding a few more barrels than he was used to in his career," Hefner said Wednesday night during an appearance on Baseball Night in New York: Living Room Edition. "And so that's all we've been trying to do is straighten out his fastball so he can get it to his glove side more consistently. There's a grip adjustment in there, there's an intent adjustment in there, and there's also some physical, mechanical adjustments in there as well."

Tags: Edwin Diaz, Danny Abriano
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Aug 27, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso (20) runs the bases celebrating his solo home run in the fourth inning setting the Mets all time single season home run record against the Chicago Cubs at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)
Aug 27, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso (20) runs the bases celebrating his solo home run in the fourth inning setting the Mets all time single season home run record against the Chicago Cubs at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)

If the 2020 MLB season gets underway amid the coronavirus pandemic, the expectation is that it will be without fans in attendance -- at least at the outset. But crowds or no crowds, Mets first baseman Pete Alonso is ready.

"Well we didn't really have many fans in the minor leagues come to the games," Alonso said Thursday while chatting with Tony Dokoupil on CBS This Morning. "We've played in front of some empty stadiums before."

Regardless of the kind of season that could be in store if/when the league returns (MLB could reportedly present an official proposal to the players in the next few days), Alonso just wants to play.

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Patrick Ewing and Michael Jordan were both legends of the game, and though friends off the court, their rivalry on it was as heated as they come. (AP)
Patrick Ewing and Michael Jordan were both legends of the game, and though friends off the court, their rivalry on it was as heated as they come. (AP)

As the Michael Jordan/Bulls documentary The Last Dance on ESPN nears its end, one of the opposing players featured -- Knicks legend Patrick Ewing -- will not be watching.

"I had to live through that. ... now y'all have a documentary to keep rubbing it in my face. ... I don't need to watch," Ewing said on The Dan Patrick Show.

And you can forgive Ewing for not wanting to relive the main reason why his Knicks teams were never able to win that elusive NBA title.

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When it comes to Mets fans, whose passion for and knowledge of the team is remarkable, it's rare for players to slip through the cracks and not be revered when they should be.

But in the case of the five players below, their exploits on the field haven't resulted in the kind of adulation that should've come their way.

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Denzel Mims (Jerome Miron/USA Today Sports)
Denzel Mims (Jerome Miron/USA Today Sports)

The Jets' wide receiver situation has taken three hits this offseason, first with the departure of Robby Anderson via free agency and then with the news -- though it wasn't unexpected -- that Quincy Enunwa and Josh Bellamy would not be able to play for them in 2020.

And with a depth chart that features Jamison Crowder as their most established target, the Jets will be hoping that second-round pick Denzel Mims will be able to contribute in a big way immediately -- something his former coach sees happening.

Carolina Panthers head coach Matt Rhule, who coached Mims during his time at Baylor, referred to Mims as his "primary weapon," telling Newsday's Al Iannazzone that the 22-year-old wants to continue to learn.

Tags: Quincy Enunwa, Robby Anderson, Danny Abriano
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