Gary Cohen, SNY.tv

Here's a Q&A with SNY play-by-play announcer Gary Cohen with his thoughts on a universal DH, MLB players potentially sitting out this season, the 1986 Mets and more...


1. It seems more likely that there will be a universal DH this season. How do you envision the Mets taking advantage of a DH?

As much as it pains me to see any encroachment of the DH into the National League, the current truth for the Mets is that they are uniquely poised to take advantage, should this become a reality this season.

The Mets have multiple options for using the DH to their advantage, starting with Yoenis Cespedes. Watching Cespedes this spring, it was clear that Yo's bat was still an asset. The question was whether he could hold up to the rigors of playing the field. With the DH, that would no longer be an issue.

And the beauty of it for the Mets, is that Cespedes is hardly their only DH option. J.D. Davis, Dom Smith and Robinson Cano all profile as possible candidates in a DH rotation.

So for 2020, the Mets would be all-in on the universal DH. Let's just hope it's not a precursor for the future.

2. Friday is the anniversary of Jacob deGrom's major-league debut, which you discussed during Beyond the Booth Live. Which pitcher whose major-league debut you watched was the most impressive and led you to believe he could be a star?

This is an easy one. I'm not sure that any Met has ever made a better first impression than Matt Harvey did in his debut, July 26, 2012 in Arizona.

Unlike Jacob deGrom, Matt's debut had been highly anticipated, from the day two years earlier when the Mets had selected him in the first round out of the University of North Carolina. But I don't think anyone was prepared for the utter dominance Harvey displayed in that first outing.

His first batter in the big leagues, Gerardo Parra: strikeout. He finished the first inning with Paul Goldschmidt: strikeout. He started the second inning with Justin Upton: strikeout.

And he just kept rolling, never better than in the third inning, when he struck out Goldschmidt again, this time with runners at second and third.

Matt finished his debut with five and a third scoreless innings, allowed three hits, striking out 11, the most ever for a Met in his debut. It was the start of a meteoric rise that began Harvey's star-crossed Mets career.

3. An agent told SNY's Andy Martino there's "no question" that some players will want to sit out this season. Do you see this being a trend during the coronavirus crisis?

If we have a Major League Baseball season this year, it will be unlike any other in virtually every respect. And this is simply one of the ways.

Put aside the financial disagreements. Right now we live in a world where any interaction with another person brings at least some risk of illness, and potentially death. While ballplayers in their 20s and 30s are often described as feeling invincible, the reality is somewhat different.

While I am sure the vast majority of players will opt in, if and when the season gets going, it will be with various levels of trepidation, which will be true for people in all walks of life.

4. Pete Alonso told a story during The Cookie Club about how Mercury coming out of retrograde helped him get out of a slump. What's the weirdest player superstition that you remember learning about?

I don't know if you would call it a superstition or simply an oddity, but I was always flabbergasted by the way Rey Ordonez, a three-time Gold Glove shortstop for the Mets in the '90s, handled his gloves.

Most fielders, when they are considering using a new glove, spend hours, days and weeks getting it into game shape. Some use water, some shaving cream. Some put it in the microwave, some tie it up with a ball and put it under their mattress. The idea is to soften the leather, to make it mote flexible for use in the game.

Some players go years without changing gloves, because it is such a painstaking process to get the new glove feeling game-ready. Ron Darling tells the story of his one-time teammate, longtime shortstop Walt Weiss who used a glove so flattened and ratty, it was referred to as The Thing.

Ordonez was just the opposite. He would use a new glove every few weeks. He would take it out of the box, check the fit, and bring it right into the game. No breaking it in, nothing. Can you imagine how strong your hands have to be to do that? But Rey was a magician with any glove, even fresh out of the box.

5. With SNY airing the 1986 NLCS this week and the World Series next week, what do you think are the most underrated moments of each series?

As I mentioned last week during Beyond the Booth, I think even though Game 6 against the Astros is remembered for its drama, stretching through the 16th inning, the comeback in the ninth tends to get underplayed. I mean, the Mets were dead offensively through the first eight innings against Bob Knepper - no runs, two hits, and no legitimate scoring chances.

Down 3-0 going to the ninth, knowing that Mike Scott, who had been unhittable in his first two starts in the series was looming in a potential Game Seven, the Mets looked doomed. But Lenny Dykstra's fly ball triple that eluded the Astros' sub-standard center fielder Billy Hatcher got them going, and Mets rallied to tie the game, and set the stage for the drama that followed.

As for the World Series, I'll go back to Dykstra. The Mets lost the first two games of the series at home. Only one team before, the Kansas City Royals the previous season, had ever won the World Series after losing the first two on their home field.

In Game Three at Fenway Park, Dykstra immediately swung things around. On the third pitch of the game from Oil Can Boyd, Lenny smacked a home run past the Pesky Pole, sparking a four-run first inning, and getting the Mets right back in the series.


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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.

Here's the latest...

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Wilson Ramos
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The Mets will have some big decisions to make after the 2020 season, with Marcus Stroman among those set to hit free agency. Yoenis Cespedes will be coming off the books and the team should have plenty of room to add external free agents and/or take on expensive players via trade.

When it comes to Ramos, whether he is a Met beyond 2020 is fully in the hands of the front office. 

The situation with Ramos

The Mets signed Ramos before the 2019 season to a two-year deal that includes a $10 million option (or $1.5 million buyout) for the 2021 season.

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See how the Mets fared against the Houston Astros in Game 61 of the virtual season on MLB The Show 20.

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Jacob deGrom is the obvious favorite to win the 2020 NL Cy Young Award, as he searches for his third straight one to join elite company in the record books. But who is his biggest competition? 

Looking at the latest odds from DraftKings Sportsbook, Max Scherzer and Walker Buehler are his biggest competition. So, in the latest edition of What are the Odds?, the BNNY crew breaks down who deGrom needs to worry about the most whenever this season gets underway...

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Last week I hope you all watched the 1986 World Series Game 6 Watch Party on SNY's Facebook page which featured many of my former teammates. It was truly a brilliant idea to put us all together in a discussion forum as the game unfolded from beginning to end. We were told that we could Zoom in and Zoom out at any time if we needed a break. I didn't plan on watching the entire game, which (as Met fans everywhere will recall) took almost four hours to play.  

But I did.

It was so much fun to virtually "see" my old teammates Santana, Ojeda, Teufel, Elster, McDowell, Darryl, Mitchell, etc. It's been years since I've seen, let alone talked with, most of them. But having all of their faces on my computer screen talking together in real-time was one of the most fulfilling moments in my baseball life.  

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Acquired in a trade with the Atlanta Braves before the 2015 trade deadline, Kelly Johnson proved to be a valuable utility player for the Mets, playing all over the diamond and doing whatever was asked of him by manager Terry Collins.

On Wednesday, Johnson joined the BNNY crew to look back at some of the pivotal moments of the 2015 postseason, including Chase Utley's NLDS slide into Ruben Tejada, Matt Harvey staying in for the ninth inning of Game 5 of the World Series, and more.

Tune in to the full episode of Baseball Night in New York: Living Room Edition on Wednesday night at 7 p.m. on SNY.

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Last month, Major League Baseball sent the Players Association a 67-page document proposing health and safety measures for the 2020 season. On May 21, the union responded with suggestions.

While there remain outstanding issues between the league and players on health and safety, people involved in negotiations are highly optimistic that the sides will reach an agreement. This aspect of negotiations has proven less contentious than financial talks, and the players are expected to get much of what they want on health and safety.

An agreement there could help facilitate one on pay. Since MLB signaled its intention on Monday night to launch a shortened season with prorated pay if no new accord is reached, the sides have engaged in limited dialogue, according to sources.

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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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When the Mets took Jarred Kelenic at No. 6 in the 2018 MLB Draft, they got an 18-year-old, lefty-hitting center fielder with above average tools on both sides of the ball who was widely viewed as the best high school hitter in the draft.

With the Mets set to pick at No. 19 in the 2020 MLB Draft on June 10, Keith Law of The Athletic's latest mock draft has them taking 18-year-old, lefty-hitting center fielder Austin Hendrick, who -- like Kelenic at the time he was drafted -- has above average tools on both sides of the ball.

"Hendrick has only a couple of landing spots, as he's going to be sophomore-eligible if he goes to Mississippi State and may ask for an over-slot bonus, even though scouts didn't see him play this year," Law writes. "The Mets seem to be hoping for a top high school bat to get to them, with college pitching the fallback."

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Jun 17, 2019; Bradenton, FL, USA; Team Jones catcher Tyler Soderstrom (18) during workouts at IMG Academy. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Jun 17, 2019; Bradenton, FL, USA; Team Jones catcher Tyler Soderstrom (18) during workouts at IMG Academy. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

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Over the last 30 years, the Mets have selected a catcher in the first round of the MLB Draft just once, when they picked Kevin Plawecki at No. 35 overall in 2012.

And the lack of a can't-miss catching prospect in the 2020 MLB Draft might mean that the Mets going for one when they pick at No. 19 is unlikely.

When you look at the Mets' farm system, Francisco Alvarez is a true blue chip catching prospect who profiles as a player who will excel on both sides of the ball. But he likely won't be ready until 2022 at the earliest, and potentially not until 2023.

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Add the Mets to the group of teams that have reopened their spring training facilities for players on a limited basis. 

The state of Florida, like many others, is allowing facilities to open up for sports teams, and the Mets told Newsday's Tim Healey on Tuesday that Clover Park in Port St. Lucie "is available for players who reside locally."

Mets C Wilson Ramos was seen there on Tuesday working out in the gym. 

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See how the Mets fared against the Houston Astros in Game 60 of the virtual season on MLB The Show 20.

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Regardless of what many said after the fact, pretty much everyone watching Game 5 of the 2015 World Series wanted Matt Harvey to come back out for the ninth inning with the Mets leading, 2-0.

From the fans at Citi Field to the fans at home to the media in the press box, the belief was that Harvey should be given a chance to finish what he started.

When Harvey came running back to the mound after talking Terry Collins out of replacing him, the crowd roared. But things fell apart from there.

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New York Mets pitcher Pedro Martinez (45) (STEVE MITCHELL/AP)
New York Mets pitcher Pedro Martinez (45) (STEVE MITCHELL/AP)

Major League Baseball and the Players Association continue to have back-and-forth negotiations, but the clock is ticking toward the "soft deadline" if the goal is still to resume spring training around June 10. 

Pedro Martinez, the Hall-of-Famer who pitched four seasons with the Mets in the mid-2000s, is hopeful that both sides can find a middle ground on some of their differences, particularly when it comes to figuring out players' pay for a shortened season with no fans, so that the game can offer some solace for the fans at home.

"I'm hoping that both sides stop thinking about their own good to start thinking about the fans," Martinez said during an interview with Mike Tirico on NBC Sports' Lunch Talk Live. "I think this is the perfect time to have their baseball teams out there to have the people try to forget about a little bit what's going on. 

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As protests against police brutality and racial injusitce continue in most major cities in the United States, Mets star Pete Alonso posted on Instagram on Tuesday along with the caption #blackouttuesday -- a hashtag many are using on Tuesday in a show of solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement.

Soon after Alonso's post went up, Instagram user @mattenrique77 responded by saying "All Lives Matter" -- a pathetic retort Alonso would have none of.

"Get out of here with that ignorance," Alonso wrote. "Of course everybody's life matters but we're focusing on the wide spread racism in our country right now. The question is, why does the black lives matter movement bother you enough to have to say all lives matter?"

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Owners from all 30 Major League Baseball teams convened on a conference call Monday, according to sources, and reiterated the desire to begin the season. 

If any owner has gotten to the point where he does not see the value in playing a truncated schedule, he did not express that to his colleagues. Add that to the players' consistent stance that they want to play, and there remains the expectation that the 2020 season will be salvaged. 

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Let's start with where we expect this negotiation to end: Major League Baseball and the Players Association will reach an agreement to play roughly 70-80 games, and players will accept a small percentage pay cut.

Additionally, the league will offer further financial incentives like removing the qualifying offer and the competitive balance tax this winter, in order to help kick-start free agency during an offseason of financial hardship. The union will offer deferred salaries.

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With this shortened MLB season slowly coming together, Vegas Sportsbooks haven't missed a beat with projecting winning percentages for 2020. 

As we knew, the NL East was going to be a hard-fought division this season -- shortened or not. With the World Series-champion Nationals not even being the NL East division winner last season (that's the Braves) to go along with the Mets and Phillies, it was bound to be good baseball.

Vegas thinks the same thing with their winning percentages this season. So do you think the Mets will go over or under their projected wins? That's the latest topic on What Are The Odds?

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On the eighth anniversary of Johan Santana pitching the first Mets no-hitter, Mike Baxter and Josh Thole recall their roles from that night.

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May 28, 2016; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets former pitcher Ron Darling 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 pitcher Ron Darling 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)

A judge has thrown out former Met Lenny Dykstra's lawsuit against his former teammate Ron Darling for defamation following the release of Darling's autobiography. 

With the lawsuit put to bed, Daring released an official statement on the matter:

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Apr 3, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; General view of fans outside Citi Field before a game between the New York Mets and the Atlanta Braves. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Apr 3, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; General view of fans outside Citi Field before a game between the New York Mets and the Atlanta Braves. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

With most major cities in the United States protesting police brutality and racial injustice in recent days after the deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor, the Mets released a statement about the situation on Monday:

Queens, NY is one of the most diverse areas in our country. We take pride in our diversity. It is our strength

That is why we denounce all forms of racism and discrimination.

We stand with our state, our city, and community. We hope to be a part of positive change in our society.

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Johan Santana threw the first Mets no-hitter eight years ago today.

After making history, the jubilant Santana addressed his teammates. Watch his full speech above...

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Johan Santana
Johan Santana

It was a night many Mets fans thought they would never see.

On June 1, 2012 at Citi Field in front of 27,069 fans, Johan Santana threw the first no-hitter in franchise history 50 years after the inception of the team.

There had been many near-misses through the years, from Tom Seaver to Rick Reed to Tom Glavine and many in between. But it was Santana -- back on the mound after missing the entire 2011 season due to shoulder surgery -- who did it.

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Mets prospect Matthew Allan (Treated Image by SNY)

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When the Mets selected hard-throwing RHP Matthew Allan in the third round (89th overall) of the 2019 MLB Draft, they got a first-round talent who SNY contributor and former Mets front office member Adam Fisher referred to at the time as the "linchpin" of their draft.

Allan, who turned 19 years old this past April, dropped out of the first round and all the way to the Mets at No. 89 because of signability concerns. But New York walked a bit of a tightrope when giving out its signing bonuses, and were able to get Allan signed under its alloted bonus pool.

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FILE - In this Sept. 2, 2015, file photo, New York Mets left fielder Michael Cuddyer adjusts his gloves during batting practice before a baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citi Field in New York. Cuddyer is ready to retire after playing 15 seasons in the major leagues. He turns 37 in March and leaves with one season left on a two-year, $21 million contract that he signed with the Mets as a free agent. (AP Photo/Kathy Kmonicek, File) (Kathy Kmonicek/AP)
FILE - In this Sept. 2, 2015, file photo, New York Mets left fielder Michael Cuddyer adjusts his gloves during batting practice before a baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citi Field in New York. Cuddyer is ready to retire after playing 15 seasons in the major leagues. He turns 37 in March and leaves with one season left on a two-year, $21 million contract that he signed with the Mets as a free agent. (AP Photo/Kathy Kmonicek, File) (Kathy Kmonicek/AP)

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A few nights ago, Michael Cuddyer sat in bed and forced himself to watch the entire video, all eight minutes and 43 seconds, that showed a white Minneapolis police officer kill a black man, George Floyd. It took him about four minutes to break down crying.

Cuddyer is an icon in Minnesota, having played 11 seasons for the Twins before leaving for Colorado and New York. He is now back with the team as a member of the front office.

"I forced myself to watch it, because I wanted to feel the empathy and I wanted to see the injustice," Cuddyer said in a phone interview on Sunday. "In the middle of it, I started bawling…I'm not afraid to admit it. I literally was in my bed bawling. Tears falling down my face."

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See how the Mets fared against the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 59 of the virtual season on MLB The Show 20.

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Mets 1B Pete Alonso (Noah K. Murray)
Mets 1B Pete Alonso (Noah K. Murray)

With most major cities in the United States protesting police brutality and racial injustice in recent days after the deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor, Mets first baseman Pete Alonso spoke about the situation on Sunday.

"For the past couple of days, I've struggled to wrap my mind around what's happening," Alonso wrote on Instagram. "I have a voice and I will not remain silent. My heart has been broken over the murder of George Floyd. I will never know what it feels like to be discriminated against because (of) the color of my skin. To anyone who faces this type of discrimination, I will fight for you and be an ally. I will always stand with you. There needs to be justice and change made for the better of humanity. Let words be our sword and unity be our armor. Take care of each other."

Floyd died following his arrest in Minnesota after police officer Derek Chauvin -- who was later arrested and charged with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter -- had his knee on a prone Floyd's neck for roughly nine minutes while Floyd repeatedly said "I can't breathe."

After protests began in and around Minneapolis following the death of Floyd, other protests have taken place in New York City, Los Angeles, Houston, Dallas, Miami, Chicago, Atlanta, Detroit, and elsewhere. 

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Here is the Sports Squared crossword puzzle for Sunday, May 31, called Players Who Played for the Mets and Yankees...

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Marcus Stroman (Jim Rassol)
Marcus Stroman (Jim Rassol)

Protests against police brutality and racial injustice after the deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, and Breonna Taylor have been taking place in cities across the country.

Many professional athletes, both in New York and other cities, have used their platform to either speak out on or join these protests.

"Racism is engrained [sic] in our society/culture and the world seems incapable of change," tweeted Mets starting pitcher Marcus Stroman. "To change the world we must begin with ourselves. Truly look in the mirror and identify if you're part of the problem or the solution. Your true colors will always be revealed!"

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See how the Mets fared against the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 58 of the virtual season on MLB The Show 20.

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New York Mets pitcher Jeurys Familia throws during the eighth inning of Game 1 of the Major League Baseball World Series against the Kansas City Royals Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2015, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum) (Matt Slocum/AP)
New York Mets pitcher Jeurys Familia throws during the eighth inning of Game 1 of the Major League Baseball World Series against the Kansas City Royals Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2015, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum) (Matt Slocum/AP)

The Mets were leading the Kansas City Royals, 4-3, with one out and none on in the bottom of the ninth inning in Game 1 of the 2015 World Series. They were about to secure the win, guaranteeing themselves at least a split before returning to Citi Field for Game 3. And then it happened.

A Jeurys Familia quick pitch was turned around by Alex Gordon, who drove it out of the ballpark. Five innings later, the Mets lost. And the series was turned on its head.

Speaking this week on The Metrospective podcast with Tim Britton and Pete McCarthy, former Mets GM Sandy Alderson lamented the Game 1 loss and Familia's quick pitch.

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See how the Mets fared against the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 57 of the virtual season on MLB The Show 20.

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In a winner-take-all Game 5 of the 2015 NLDS against the Dodgers, Jacob deGrom stepped up in a huge way for the Mets, allowing just two earned runs over six innings of work while striking out seven hitters.

On the latest BNNY: Living Room Edition, the crew discusses how this game helped deGrom take his confidence to the next level and shaped him into the two-time NL Cy Young winner he is today ...

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Matt Harvey

Matt Harvey's time with the Mets was complicated, with off the field moments and his Dark Knight persona at times overshadowing what was his utter dominance on the mound when healthy.

Harvey blew past his innings limit in 2015 in his first season after Tommy John surgery (something former teammate David Wright recently lauded him for), underwent thoracic outlet surgery in 2016, and was never the same.

Speaking this week on The Metrospective Podcast with Tim Britton and Pete McCarthy, former Mets GM Sandy Alderson was asked what led to Harvey's downfall.

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The Mets are among teams that have released minor leaguers on Thursday, per The Score's Robert Murray

The Brewers, Nationals and Mariners were also among known teams that have let go some of its prospects. 

Unfortunately, these cuts shouldn't come as a surprise as the coronavirus pandemic hasn't just been wreaking havoc in Major League Baseball, but in Minor League Baseball as well. 

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Daniel Murphy's 2015 postseason run is something Mets fans will never forget. 

After hitting just 14 home runs in the regular season, Murphy became a legend in the postseason, belting seven home runs in a nine-game span, helping the Mets defeat the Dodgers in five games and then sweep the Chicago Cubs to win the NL pennant. 

On the latest Beyond the Booth Live, SNY's Gary Cohen, Ron Darling, and Keith Hernandez looked back on Murphy's meteoric playoff rise. 

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See how the Mets fared against the Philadelphia Phillies in Game 56 of the virtual season on MLB The Show 20.

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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)

Odds with a + in front show how much money would be won on a $100 bet. Odds with a - in front show how much money someone would have to wager to win $100.


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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In the latest edition of Beyond the Booth, Gary, Keith and Ron play "Rapid Replies," where they say the first word that comes to their mind when they hear another. 

What do think when they hear "Shea?" How about "Citi Field?" Check it out...

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SNY's Gary Cohen, Keith Hernandez and Ron Darling answer questions from fans and also look back at the Mets 2015 postseason run during Beyond the Booth Live, hosted by Steve Gelbs on Thursdays at 4 p.m.

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Following a day of video conferences with other players in leadership positions in the Players Association, Washington Nationals pitcher Max Scherzer held the position that his union would not accept further pay cuts.

"After discussing the latest developments with the rest of the players there's no reason to engage with MLB in any further compensation reductions," Scherzer, a prominent voice in the union, tweeted on Wednesday night.

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Not many MLB players working out in anticipation for whenever the 2020 season gets underway has someone working alongside of them, let alone a teammate. 

Dom Smith and Marcus Stroman have been working out together since the pandemic shut down spring training, and it has given Smith a real good look at what Stroman brings to the rubber every fifth day. 

When his stuff is on, Stroman is one of the hardest pitchers to time and hit with his deceptive delivery techniques that match his array of pitches. On the latest episode of The Cookie Club with J.D. and Dom presented by Insomnia Cookies, Smith discussed what he's been doing with Stroman recently. 

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Custom handshakes between baseball players is basically an art form.

And while there won't be any handshakes if/when the 2020 season begins due to Covid-19 health and safety protocols being put in place, Dominic Smith has come up with some socially distant ways to celebrate, and it's still fun to reminisce about some of the best handshakes from last season. 

On the latest edition of The Cookie Club presented by Insomnia Cookies, Smith and J.D. Davis discussed not only just how some of these hand shakes develop over time, but also how Davis completely whiffed on sharing a handshake with Smith after one of his biggest home runs of the season. 

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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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See how the Mets fared against the Philadelphia Phillies in Game 55 of the virtual season on MLB The Show 20.

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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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Baseball Night in New York takes a look around the NL to discuss who the best overall position player is in the entire league.

Los Angeles' Cody Bellinger edged out Milwaukee's Christian Yelich in MVP voting last year, and former AL MVP Mookie Betts has now changed leagues as well. So who is the top position player?

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On The Cookie Club presented by Insomnia Cookies, J.D. Davis and Dominic Smith reveal the secrets behind last season's handshakes and new ways to safely celebrate when baseball returns.

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Andy Martino, SNY.tv | Twitter |

The players want to play. The owners want to earn. A round of calls to sources reveals that everyone is surprisingly calm behind the scenes, and the PR/social media war is mostly kabuki.

For these reasons and more, Tuesday's dust-up did nothing to change the industry expectation that MLB will launch its season in July.

When we did our rounds of asking for reaction on the player/agent side on Tuesday and Wednesday after the owners proposed steep cuts for top earning players, we received a number of virtual shrugs.

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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)

Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter |

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.

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Michael Conforto, Danny Abriano
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