Donn Clendenon (Wikimedia Commons)
Donn Clendenon (Wikimedia Commons)

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Yoenis Cespedes is no Donn Clendenon.

Sure, Cespedes' second-half power show in 2015 helped propel the Mets all the way to the World Series after a deadline deal brought the slugger from Detroit.

But Clendenon pushed an even more improbable Mets club -- some have called it miraculous -- to the Fall Classic 50 years ago after an in-season trade. Then he finished the job, winning the World Series MVP Award as the 1969 Mets topped the powerful Baltimore Orioles in five games.

The 50th anniversary of one of the most significant deals in Mets history falls on June 15, the day a pitching-rich team was boosted by the addition of a power-hitting needler who maybe helped the clubhouse culture as much as he did the lineup.

What follows is an oral history of the trade that sent backup infielder Kevin Collins and four minor leaguers to the expansion Montreal Expos in exchange for Clendenon. The four prospects were Jay Carden, David Colon, Terry Dailey (the player to be named later) and Steve Renko. Renko, who pitched in the majors for 15 years and won 134 games, was the only player the Mets dealt who made a big-league splash.

The Mets were 30-26 and nine games out of first place on after losing June 15 to Don Drysdale and the Dodgers. But the Mets had won 11 straight games from May 28-June 10. Maybe there was hope.

WAYNE GARRETT, Mets third baseman: We really had to ham-and-egg it to win as many games as we had up to that time. We had to manufacture a lot of runs. Our pitching was always good. These guys would have three or four good outings before they'd have a bad one. It was, 'If we could just score and hang in there,' and that's what we did until Clendenon came along.

RON SWOBODA, Mets outfielder: We were sort of relevant in the race, and that's when they made the Clendenon deal. In the spring, the Braves were trying to trade Joe Torre and they talked to the Mets. The Braves wanted several of our good young arms, but (Mets GM) Johnny Murphy didn't want to surrender them. The Braves traded Torre to the Cardinals for Orlando Cepeda (on March 17) and I consider that significant. We got to the playoffs and we outscored the Braves there. They did not get the pitching they were after and I think that made a difference. The Mets took some heat from Dick Young and other writers; he suggested Torre would've made us a contender. It's not outrageous. But the Braves didn't come up with that pitching they needed.

JOE McDONALD, Mets director of minor-league operations in 1969: Johnny Murphy deserves all the credit for a wonderful acquisition. It was pretty darn important. We lacked a lot of power. When you run the minors, it hurts when you give up prospects, as you sometimes have to do to get an established player. You have to do it when you are going for all the marbles, which we were, to everyone's surprise. I was a little partial in the case of Steve Renko. I was proud of Steve. He had done a little pitching in college, but we needed a first baseman in the system and he was a first baseman then. That didn't pan out and we converted him. When we put him on the mound, we knew that's where he belonged. … If I helped contribute Collins and Renko in order to get Clendenon, that's OK.

JERRY KOOSMAN, Mets pitcher: Us pitchers were certainly elated about getting him. It was really a big morale booster.

Donn Clendenon Jr. was only 3 at the time of the trade, but his dad, who died at 70 in 2005, talked about it for years. His dad had been taken by the Expos in the 1968 expansion draft and swapped to Houston in January 1969. But Clendenon was unhappy with the deal and refused to report to the Astros, so Montreal completed the trade with different players. Clendenon, already 33, mulled leaving baseball to become an executive with the Scripto pen company but ultimately reconsidered. A few months later, he was a Met.

CLENDENON Jr.: My dad was ready to retire before the Mets. But when the talks started, he took a look at the team and recognized the raw talent and felt he could have an impact. He knew right away they had something -- I don't want to call it magical, he wasn't that type of descriptive person -- but he knew they had talent.

Clendenon batted .252 with a .455 slugging percentage in 72 games for the Mets, and the club was 45-27 in those games. The right-handed hitter had 12 homers and 37 RBIs. Clendenon, like several Mets, lost some playing time initially to Gil Hodges' famous platoon system, though he played more frequently against righties later on. But Clendenon had a previous relationship with Hodges -- Jackie Robinson had once urged Clendenon to ask Hodges for tips about playing first base -- and, like the rest of the Mets, respected the manager.

ART SHAMSKY, Mets outfielder: He was part of the platooning at first with Ed (Kranepool). Gil platooned at four positions. Nobody liked it. It wasn't good for your career. But it was working and all of us accepted it, because of what we thought about Gil. He (Clendenon) was frustrated at times, because he didn't play as much as he wanted to.

GARRETT: He gave you that added dimension of some power. When he walked to the plate, there was potential there, whether he hit one or not. The only potential that we had before that was (Tommie) Agee. He was our only other home-run hitter. Cleon would hit them every now and then, but Cleon hit from foul pole to foul pole. He didn't have that home-run swing, though. He wasn't trying to hit home runs. Clendenon had the swing of the players of today, that uppercut swing. When he'd hit it, he'd get the ball in the air consistently. It made a difference. That's why they got him. It's nice to have that guy who has that potential. Shea wasn't an easy park to hit home runs in.

Clendenon was a force in the clubhouse, too. He'd already had success in the majors, so he brought a certain gravitas to what was mostly a young Mets team.

KOOSMAN: He had a kind of a towering, thundering voice. When he said stuff, you heard him across the clubhouse. He could instigate, pick on people, do jokes -- in a good way. If he thought somebody could've done better, he'd say it, no matter who he was on the club. He'd come up with something that would get a laugh, but there was meaning behind it. He took over and became one of the leaders of the club. He was a guy that people listened to. Sometimes he might've seemed like he was a little bit of windbag, but he always backed it up.

SHAMSKY: I had hit four home runs in a row when I was with the Reds and he was on the Pirates. (Shamsky slugged homers in four consecutive at-bats against Pittsburgh in 1966, three on Aug. 12 and one on Aug. 14.) When Donn came to the Mets, every day he would get on me, telling me how they should've hit me, knocked me down. That's how he was. He was good to have in the locker room. He'd really get on guys, your uniform, how it fit. Your clothes. The next day, after an error, he'd be on you. He was that kind of voice.

CLENDENON Jr.: He was the older guy on that team, the veteran. He was big, too, stature-wise. (Clendenon was 6-foot-5, 225 pounds.) Out of all the guys, the only one who did give it back to him when I was around later was (Tom) Seaver. Seaver had a stellar career after my dad retired, so my dad felt it necessary to put Tom in his place. He was one of the guys, when the banter would start, Tom would give it back to him. Dad would say, 'Why can't you be like Nolan (Ryan)? You know he's stronger than you.' They had a quiet, rivalry love, Tom and my dad.

GARRETT: When we'd do appearances after we retired, he'd come up to my wife and say, 'Have you been to the eye doctor lately? I just want to know if you can really see who you married.' That was Donn. He always had something to say. That's what my wife always remembers of him.

On Sept. 24, the Mets clinched the National League East, quite a feat considering that they never had a winning season before and had been 10 games back at one point in mid-August. In the 6-0 victory over Steve Carlton and Cardinals, Clendenon homered twice, including a three-run shot that gave them a 3-0 lead. They swept the Braves in the first-ever NL Championship Series.

Clendenon did not get an at-bat because Atlanta used three righty starters, and Hodges hewed to his platoon system, starting Kranepool. But Clendenon blew open the World Series, batting .357 with three homers, four RBIs and a double. He had an absurd 1.509 OPS before anyone thought about OPS. He scored the first run in Mets World Series history in Game 1, homered in Games 2 and 4 to give the Mets early leads and then helped the Mets rally from a 3-0 deficit in Game 5. After Cleon Jones got to first base in the sixth inning thanks to a smudge of shoe polish pointed out by Hodges, Clendenon smacked a two-run homer to pull the Mets within a run in a game they'd eventually win 5-3.

There were other good candidates for MVP, though. Koosman was 2-0 with a 2.04 ERA in two starts and threw a complete game in the clincher. Al Weis batted .455 and knotted the score at 3 in Game 5 with a homer. Swoboda made his crucial full-extension diving catch and batted .400. Agee batted just .167, but made two sensational catches of his own.

KOOSMAN: He beat me out of the MVP award and beat me out of the car (a Dodge Challenger that came with the trophy). I told him I should at least get to drive the car one out every three days. We always had fun.

SWOBODA: Stood tall, didn't he? He was never better than in that World Series -- the home runs, the MVP. It all came to him, as it should have. I had some friends of mine who said, 'Why not you (for MVP)?' C'mon, man, look at what he did, when he did it. They gave the MVP to the right guy. I don't think there's a second's worth of second-guessing at all. Not by me. I never heard any. I think it was obvious.

CLENDENON Jr.: It was, obviously, the pinnacle of his career. He considered it meaningful to that team and New York. He didn't get choked up very often, but when you hear him talk about the MVP, you could tell he was humbled by it.

It was a remarkable achievement in a remarkable life. Clendenon, who had been friendly with Martin Luther King Jr. while attending Morehouse College and had been such a star athlete that pro football and basketball were options, became a successful businessman after his baseball career. He earned a law degree from Duquense. He tumbled into drug addiction, sought treatment and emerged to become a drug counselor. And he'll always have a place in the Mets pantheon.

SHAMSKY: When you talk about that team over these 50 years, the legacy is about all the guys who contributed and it became contagious. Donn coming over gave us an impetus. Once we started playing well, we were unbeatable. We were lovable losers a few years earlier, but we were as good as anybody then. When you're known as a bad team, to win it all against a terrific Baltimore Oriole team, that resonated over the years. Donn was right at the top of the list of the reasons why.

And here's the reason why Cespedes is no Clendenon:

SHAMSKY: The big difference is, they (the 2015 Mets) didn't win and we did.


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There's more that was discussed in the latest edition of The Cookie Club with J.D. and Dom, where J.D. Davis, Dom Smith and SNY's Steve Gelbs also brought up Marcus Stroman. Does Dom really believe he has a stronger core than the man that said he has the strongest one in the league? 

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Diaz's biggest bugaboo in 2019 was his slider -- specifically his inability to harness it, with the pitch often hanging in the fat part of the strike zone and getting smoked.

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Jacob deGrom is a gift from the gods for someone like me. I have been fortunate enough to witness almost all of his starts in the major leagues and this has to feel like it felt for Ralph Kiner watching Tom Seaver all of those years.
 
Quite simply, IMO, he is the best starting pitcher in baseball. There was a time you could make the case for the precision of Greg Maddux or the sheer power of Randy Johnson, but Pedro Martinez had the combination of both. Jake is his generation's Pedro. This takes nothing away from the magic of Max, the overpowering Cole, or the sustained excellence of Clayton. 

DeGrom is now locked inside a vortex of athleticism, pitching intelligence and at the peak of his powers. What a sight to behold! 

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MLB, in addition to other professional sports leagues, is trying to find a safe way to still have a 2020 season -- one of the most common ideas has been to hold games in one location with no fans.

Major league sources told SNY's Andy Martino last month that MLB is determined to salvage some sort of baseball in 2020, and is still figuring out how that will look in the age of the coronavirus pandemic.

Though there haven't been any serious talks yet about baseball being played at netural sites, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic writes that baseball is entertaining the idea of starting the season in a location where "spring training parks are more concentrated." But, as the story points out, there would be numerous hurdles to overcome.

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In the latest edition of SNY's Out of Office Replies, Doug Williams says why he believes in Marcus Stroman, gives his sandwich recommendation, and more!

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How do you get into the business? I'm asked this question all the time, and I am probably the wrong person to ask. Let's be real, I have my job because I used to throw a baseball at a high level.

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Everything that follows is true and right, because it is my opinion.

In recent months, a troubling trend has emerged, and it's time we addressed it. Several prominent Mets players and many fans have spoken up in favor of a return to the black jerseys that the team wore as their alternate uniforms from 1998-2011.

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Here's a Q&A with SNY play-by-play announcer Gary Cohen about David Wright's career and his final game. Tune in to SNY on Saturday and Sunday to re-watch the broadcast of that magical game at Citi Field. 


How would you describe the atmosphere at Citi Field during Wright's final game? What still sticks with you? 

I think the best way to put it is that it was a night of love and appreciation. As much as David Wright was beloved by Mets fans, there was always a sense that he was taken for granted, even overlooked because he was so steady, so non-controversial. The two seasons at the end, when he was unable to play, gave people a chance to remember just how important David was to the fabric of the franchise and the experience of being a Mets fan over the previous decade and a half. So when the fans had one more chance to let David know how they felt about him, they held nothing back. It was a sea of warmth all night.

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So much has been said and written about my brother Gary and me, and our ever-present father John. So in my first essay for SNY's website, I would like to share some thoughts with you about my mother, Jacquelyn Jordan Hernandez.

My mother was born on Feb. 9, 1929 in Beaumont, Texas, the second of what would be four children, my mother the only girl. My grandfather, R.D. was a rough-and-tumble Texas wildcatter who worked the oil fields at Port Arthur.

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In the latest episode of Baseball Night in New York: Living Room Edition, the crew goes through The Lineup Card. Tune in as Andy Martino, Anthony Recker, and Steve Gelbs go one-through-nine, answering questions about the Mets' current uniforms, which Yankee will take the biggest leap in 2020, and much more ...

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This shouldn't be a surprise coming from the same guy who originated the #LFGM rallying cry last season, but Mets first baseman Pete Alonso penned an emotional missive on Friday as he reflected on the 2019 season and looked forward to the start of the delayed 2020 season.

"I catch myself every night watching 2019 Mets highlights," Alonso wrote in a post to Twitter. "The amount of time watching them varies, but it's a nightly routine at this point. Rewatching the crowd erupt and remembering those moments as I saw them never ceases to give me goose bumps

"I miss the feel of the Citi Field dirt beneath my cleats. As I'm writing this now, I can still see pitchers get nasty and go get a big strike out, someone running down a missile in the gap and making a diving catch, someone twisting up a sexy double play up the middle: I see it and remember it all. The thing that I remember the most is the roar from the fans after a play was made.

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Brodie Van Wagenen said soon after signing Michael Wacha and Rick Porcello that the Mets had one of the deepest rotations in baseball. Now without Noah Syndergaard, Van Wagenen is confident his team will "rise to the challenge."

"Noah is a big part of the Mets family,'' Van Wagenen said in a text to Dan Martin of the New York Post. "Losing a player like him for the season is tough, but we are confident in the other pitchers we have on the roster can rise to the challenge. Adding depth to our rotation was a priority this offseason. Both Rick Porcello and Michael Wacha are proven Starting Pitchers with championship pedigrees who have been very impressive this Spring.''

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Since their inception in 1962, lots of incredible players have donned the orange and blue. Below, the All-Time 25-man roster is unveiled.

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With just about all gyms and public fields closed, athletes are doing everything they can to maintain their workout schedule while at home.

By the looks of it, Tim Tebow's home routine is going quite well. 

The Mets minor leaguer posted a series of workout videos and photos to his Instagram account on Wednesday, detailing how he's altered his workouts during baseball's hiatus while working out of what appears to be his garage.

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SNY's Gary Cohen, Keith Hernandez and Ron Darling answer questions during Beyond the Booth Live, hosted by Steve Gelbs on Thursdays at 4 p.m.


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Major League Baseball and the Players Association are willing to consider just about any idea that will enable them to salvage a piece of the 2020 season, including playing games at neutral sites.

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As of Thursday morning, New York state had 92,381 confirmed cases of coronavirus discovered with more than 51,809 in New York City. The state had approximately 38 percent of the cases in the entire United States.

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On Episode 2 of The Cookie Club, Steve Gelbs was joined by Dominic Smith and J.D. Davis to discuss a number of issues, including one that relates to the team's wardrobe. 

Yes, the Mets' black uniforms are very polarizing. You either love them or you hate them, and there seems to be no middle ground. 

But a good number of people want to see the black jerseys brought back, and it sounds like Smith and Davis are 100 percent on board. 

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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...

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Former Met Wilmer Flores -- now with the San Francisco Giants -- is staying ready for the season poolside -- and his mom is helping out.

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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."

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During April Fools' Day in 1982, I was the fool (or so I thought) when I was traded from the Texas Rangers to the New York Mets nine months after they had made me their No. 1 pick. Life is full of serendipity and that day changed my professional baseball life forever.

But, when I think of April Fools' Day, I always think of Jay Horwitz and his "little lies" he would send out in the notes to the media and one of the greatest hoaxes, the Sidd Finch story -- a must-read on April Fools' Day (Sports Illustrated, April 1, 1985).

Horwitz has been a friend to every ballplayer that has ever worn the orange and blue from 1980 to our present day. His new book, Mr. Met, will reveal how exactly a sports-mad kid from New Jersey became a family member to generations of major leaguers. If you have time, Google his relationship with Franklin Jacobs, the great high jumper who was the original Spud Webb.

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Alex Rodriguez continued his string of Instagram live interviews with current and former Mets on Tuesday, this time welcoming Keith Hernandez.

After speaking with Pete Alonso on Sunday and then Darryl Strawberry on Monday, A-Rod welcomed Hernandez, the 11-time Gold Glove winner, one of the leaders of the 1986 World Series Champion Mets, and of course, a member of the SNY booth.

Hernandez and Rodriguez touched on a number of different topics, including who some of Hernandez's favorite defensive first basemen in the game today are, but they also spoke about how the game has changed.

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Both Pete Alonso and Aaron Judge took Major League Baseball by storm, with each winning Rookie of the Year in their respective leagues.  

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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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In the latest episode of Baseball Night in New York: Living Room Edition, the crew breaks down the strengths and weaknesses of New York's backstops: Mets C Wilson Ramos and Yankees C Gary Sanchez

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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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Opening Day has come and gone, and I was surprised how both sad and nostalgic I felt this past Thursday. I've decided to write some things down as I've entered my 60th year on this planet, one that seems more compromised than ever.  

Opening Day day for a ballplayer is like no other day. Putting on your new, crisp uniform and making sure it fits just right. Is the length perfect, the waist slightly snug and the rise roomy enough for the protective cup which will be part of your armor for the next six months? Vanity is part of your power, like Superman's cape. Do I look good? A real question that needs to be answered in the affirmative. Is your gamer (glove) ready to go and is your backup, in your locker, game ready in case of a mishap?  

If you've done your due diligence, spring training broke your spikes in just right. Which jacket are they handing out this year (there's always a new one), because the weather is always unseasonably cold in the Northeast (Damn Dodgers!). Everything perfect? #LFG. 

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Jul 2, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets center fielder Michael Conforto (30) follows through on a two run RBI double against the New York Yankees during the eighth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Jul 2, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets center fielder Michael Conforto (30) follows through on a two run RBI double against the New York Yankees during the eighth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Andy Martino, SNY.tv | Twitter |

With the 2020 MLB season paused, let's dip into the mailbag and answer some Mets and Yankees questions...


@NYCsporty: Have the #Mets officially recognized that @Noahsyndergaard had sucessful Tommy John surgery considering no PR about it yet??

Tags: Carlos Beltran, Jacob deGrom, James Paxton, Masahiro Tanaka, Matt Harvey, Noah Syndergaard, Seth Lugo, Andy Martino
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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.

Tags: Noah Syndergaard, Pete Alonso, Danny Abriano
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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.

Tags: Alex Rodriguez, Danny Abriano
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As you practice social distancing and self-isolation, you might need some new shows to binge while staying at home. Luckily for you, the Mets have you covered. 

Jeff McNeil, J.D. Davis, and more give you their favorite TV shows to choose from...

Tags: JD Davis, Jeff McNeil
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May 28, 2016; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets former outfielder Darryl Strawberry is introduced to the crowd during a pregame ceremony honoring the 1986 World Series Championship team prior to the game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
May 28, 2016; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets former outfielder Darryl Strawberry is introduced to the crowd during a pregame ceremony honoring the 1986 World Series Championship team prior to the game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

Just as he did with Pete Alonso on Sunday, former MLB MVP and current MLB analyst Alex Rodriguez returned to his Instagram Live to talk to Darryl Strawberry

Here's the best of what they discussed...


Strawberry explains how Keith Hernandez-Gary Carter impacted Mets

Tags: Alex Rodriguez, Scott Thompson
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Mets-Phillies
Mets-Phillies

See how the Mets fared against the Phillies in Game 4 of the digital season on MLB The Show 20.

Click below to watch.

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The MLB and MLBPA made an agreement last week that has some key components for this extremely unique situation with the upcoming 2020 season. So the Baseball Night in New York crew broke them down to discuss how it would impact the league, and the Mets and Yankees specifically...

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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...

Tags: Dominic Smith, Danny Abriano
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