Feb 28, 2019; Jupiter, FL, USA; New York Mets catcher Wilson Ramos (40) connects for a base hit against the St. Louis Cardinals at Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)
Feb 28, 2019; Jupiter, FL, USA; New York Mets catcher Wilson Ramos (40) connects for a base hit against the St. Louis Cardinals at Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)

The last time the Mets had a proven, reputable, everyday catcher was 2007 and 2008, when Paul LoDuca, who hit .297 with 14 HR and 103 RBI in 243 games.

In the subsequent 11 years, the Mets have run through more than 25 catchers, including Brian Schneider, Omir Santos, Rod Barajas, Josh Thole, John Buck, Kevin Plawecki and Devin Mesoraco.

The most recent player to get consistent playing time is Travis d'Arnaud, who entered each of the past five seasons considered the team's starting catcher. However, during that time, despite hype, expectations and sporadic production, he missed roughly half of the team's games due to a variety injuries.



In between surgeries and trips to the DL, the Mets had 1,469 plate appearances to establish his authority, during which he hit only .245 with a .306 OBP, while performing beneath the league average when attempting to throw runners out stealing a base.

In his first meeting with the media after being hired as the team's new GM, Brodie Van Wagenen downplayed needing to upgrade at catcher. However, according to team sources, Van Wagenen's manager Mickey Callaway and pitching coach Dave Eiland encouraged him to bring in an established backstop to work with and guide the team's pitching staff, which everyone agrees is the backbone of the 25-man roster.

Van Wagenen had been eager to acquire J.T. Realmuto from the Marlins, the reports of which dominated most headlines the first two months of the offseason. However, in the end, Van Wagenen played the market perfectly, using the Marlins and Realmuto, while fanning interest in free-agent Yasmani Grandal, to get Wilson Ramos to agree to a two-year, $19 million deal.



According to numbers crunched by FanGraphs.com, Ramos is projected to add one additional win over what would have been expected of another year platooning Plawecki and d'Arnaud. My belief is that, if Ramos can play in 130 games and be in the dugout the other 32, his brain and experience will impact the overall staff in a way that he'll end up being worth more than just the one additional FanGraphs win he produces with his bat and glove.

The concern, of course, is that Ramos struggles to remain healthy, again pushing through a chronic hamstring issue and repeated knee pain. Along those lines, Ramos never expected to be a free agent this past winter. It was just two years ago that talk in baseball had him seeking a five- to seven-year contract extension with the Nationals. However, in the final weeks of that season, he tore his ACL and needed surgery. He then settled for a two-year, $12.5 million deal with the Rays, which is similar to the deal he signed two months ago with the Mets.

That said, if all goes as planned, Ramos will prove to be one Van Wagenen's more significant additions.

"I still believe championship teams are built on stability and strength up the middle, starting in center field, through the middle infield and ending at catcher," I wrote last September, when declaring that Ramos would be the best fit at catcher for the Mets this season. I feel the same today, more so in fact after hearing how he wanted and prepared to be on this team.



Ramos, who has spent 8 of his 12 seasons in the National League East, reportedly wanted to join the Mets because of his familiarity with the division, city and promise of the potential of their pitching staff. 

"I like to work with those kind of rotations because I feel like I can help with my experience," Ramos said last summer after being dealt by Tampa to Philadelphia. "Every time I am behind the plate, I try to help my guys on the mound. I love when we put zeroes on the scoreboard. That is my priority."

In the days after Van Wagenen locked in Ramos, the catcher requested video and statistics from the team to bone up on each of his staff's pitchers.

"He is very prepared, and he was asking for that information," Callaway recently said, according to the NY Post. "He is going to fit in great. He commands respect.''

According to Callaway, as part of his sales pitch to the Mets, Ramos detailed all of the ways he helped Rays ace Blake Snell, who matured to have a breakout season in 2018, during which he won the AL Cy Young.

Ramos told me last month in St. Lucie that he hopes to have a similar impact on Steven Matz, who he says has a similar skillset and work ethic to Snell.



"I put in a lot of work this offseason to stay healthy so I be behind the plate as much as I can for these guys," he said. "I feel great, so I want to be back there and keep learning how deGrom attacks hitters, how to handle Matz, and work as much as I can with the young guys."

In addition, Callaway added that his ace, deGrom, also liked what he heard from Ramos when the two connected earlier this year to discuss their connection for the upcoming season.

Ramos noted to me that he's most intrigued by the staff's range in velocity and differing abilities to move the ball around the strike zone, which are two things he often encouraged when working with Snell.

"This group is very good and I'm excited to work and help them be better," he said.


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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 currently MLB analyst Alex Rodriguez returned to his Instagram Live to talk to a former Met this time in Darryl Strawberry

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


Strawberry explains how Keith Hernandez-Gary Carter impacted Mets

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Watch how the Mets fared against the Nationals in Game 3 of the digital season on MLB The Show 20.

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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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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In the latest edition of SNY's Out of Office Replies, Sal Licata embraces Tom Brady in the NFC South, believes in Yoenis Cespedes' home run power, and more!

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Here is the Sports Squared crossword puzzle for Monday, March 30 called Amazin' All-Stars...

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Mets 1B Pete Alonso joined former Yankee and current MLB analyst Alex Rodriguez on the latter's Instagram Live on Sunday to jump into a bunch of different topics. 

Here's the best of what the reigning NL Rookie of the Year and former MLB MVP discussed...

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The Baseball Night in New York crew is in the comfort of their own living rooms, but they are still talking about Mets slugger Yoenis Cespedes.

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MLB The Show 20
MLB The Show 20

Watch how the Mets fared against the Nationals in Game 3 of the digital season on MLB The Show 20.

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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)

With the MLB season still on hiatus, let's dip into the mailbag...


Anthony C in Hoboken via text: Is there any chance the Mets bring back Matt Harvey to replace Noah Syndergaard in the rotation? Say yes.

I would love to see Harvey come home, but in no way can he be guaranteed a role. He'll need to earn his way into the rotation (or bullpen). If he could do it, and do it with hunger and focus, it would be an incredible redemption story and something that would captivate baseball and Mets fans.

I realize things did not end well between the Mets and Harvey, who had all sorts of physical and other issues before and after he left New York. Aside from thoracic outlet syndrome, his struggles likely stemmed from the pressure put on himself to be not just successful but a massive, superstar success, which he briefly had and lost.

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Sure, Bartolo Colon accomplished a great amount during his MLB playing days. 

In 21 big-league seasons, Colon won 247 games, took home an AL Cy Young Award in 2005, and made the All-Star team four times.

While with the Mets, he also did this:

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We all miss Mets baseball.

Bobby Valentine really misses Mets baseball.

The former Mets manager tweeted out an two-minute video on Saturday morning of him showing off an extensive collection of Mets memorabilia while singing a terrific rendition of Meet the Mets.

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Watch to see how the Mets fared against the Nationals in Game 2 of the digital season on MLB The Show 20.

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

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

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

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On the latest edition of Out of Office Replies, SNY contributor Dan Graca remembers his favorite Mets Opening Day, talks about the Jets and Robby Anderson, and more!

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The Baseball Night in New York crew being in the comfort of their own living rooms doesn't mean it's not a good time to go through The Lineup Card.

The panel goes through questions about the Mets' bullpen, talks video games, predicts the AL East standings, and much more...

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Marcus Stroman and Rick Porcello
Marcus Stroman and Rick Porcello

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

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

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In the latest edition of Out of Office Replies, SNY contributor Maggie Gray's class is in session, as she discusses potential X-factors for the Mets, talks about who the Jets and Giants should be targeting in the first round of the NFL Draft, and gives a lesson about spending big on free agent running backs ...

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With Major League Baseball and all other major sports on pause due to the coronavirus pandemic, MLB commissioner Rob Manfred is hopeful that the season will begin at some point in May.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Sep 11, 2019; Miami, FL, USA; A general view of third base with a commemorative logo for 9/11 at Marlins Park prior to the game between the Miami Marlins and the Milwaukee Brewers. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)
Sep 11, 2019; Miami, FL, USA; A general view of third base with a commemorative logo for 9/11 at Marlins Park prior to the game between the Miami Marlins and the Milwaukee Brewers. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)

Andy Martino, SNY.tv | Twitter |

With the COVID-19 pandemic pushing back the start of the MLB season, it's naturally possible that the July 31 trade deadline will be pushed back.

MLB would like to start the season in late May, though those plans are tentative and dependent on the virus slowing its trajectory by then. Per sources, the league will try to play as many games as possible, could expand the playoffs, and hold a World Series in November or even December.

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Jeff McNeil spent part of what would've been Opening Day chasing a snake out of his backyard while simultaneously protecting his pets -- Willow the dog and Mac the cat.

Pete Alonso spent part of what would've been Opening Day trying a Tik Tok dance (while accompanied by his dog), as filmed by his fiancee, Haley.

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Mar 9, 2020; Clearwater, Florida, USA; Major league baseballs sit atop the New York Yankees dugout during the third inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Spectrum Field. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports (John David Mercer)
Mar 9, 2020; Clearwater, Florida, USA; Major league baseballs sit atop the New York Yankees dugout during the third inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Spectrum Field. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports (John David Mercer)

According to multiple reports, Major League Baseball and the Players Association have agreed to a deal regarding how to handle a potentially shortened season due to the coronavirus pandemic. 

Per ESPN's Jeff Passan, the players have already voted to approve the deal, and since they were working off of a counteroffer from the league, it's expected that the league will ratify the agreement on Friday.

According to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic, players will receive an advance of $170 million spread out over two months, and salries will then be pro-rated based on how many games are actually played in the 2020 season. 

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On what would have been Opening Day around baseball, the Baseball Night in New York crew explains what Opening Day means to them.

Meanwhile, the crew gives some "gut instincts," including who they would rather take to win one game: Mets ace Jacob deGrom or Yankees ace Gerrit Cole ...  

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

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

Instead?

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

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Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen
Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen

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

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

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

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In the latest edition of Out of Office Replies, SNY contributor Pete McCarthy says Pete Alonso is going to hit more homers than Aaron Judge when the season gets underway, believes the Jets should continue bolstering that o-line, and much more...

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Watch how the Mets fared against the Nationals on Digital Opening Day on MLB The Show 20.

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Shea Stadium

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

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

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

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Gary Cohen, Keith Hernandez, and Ron Darling check in with SNY from a digital Citi Field for Mets Opening Day on PS4 with MLB The Show 20.

You can watch Thursday's game here.

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

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

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

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Jun 5, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; General view of Citi Field as the sun sets during the fifth inning between the New York Mets and the Baltimore Orioles. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Jun 5, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; General view of Citi Field as the sun sets during the fifth inning between the New York Mets and the Baltimore Orioles. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

On the eve of what would have been baseball's opening day, MLB commissioner Rob Manfred offered a bit of an update on where things stand given the coronavirus outbreak.

SNY's Andy Martino reported earlier on Wednesday that MLB is determined to salvage some sort of baseball in 2020, and Manfred echoed those sentiments in an interview on Wednesday evening. 

Appearing as a guest on SportsCenter with Scott Van Pelt, Manfred was asked about what the timeline might be in terms of getting baseball back into action, and while there's still so much up in the air concerning the current coronavirus outbreak, Manfred said he was hopeful that the month of May could see the game back on its feet.

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Heading into the 2020 regular season, the Mets had some questions about the back end of their rotation. Who would be the odd man out among Steven Matz, Rick Porcello, and Michael Wacha?

Well with Tuesday's news that Noah Syndergaard would be undergoing Tommy John surgery, that back end becomes a bit more clear. The Baseball Night in New York crew breaks down what the Mets' rotation will look like whenever this season begins, while also explaining who needs to step up in Syndergaard's absence ...

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Sep 24, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) pitches against the Miami Marlins during the second inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 24, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) pitches against the Miami Marlins during the second inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Andy Martino, SNY.tv | Twitter |

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


@parthsrule: What do you think about doing something unorthodox and offering Syndergaard a club friendly (and now player security friendly) multi year extension?

It's not a bad idea, but the Mets are right up against the luxury tax and are unlikely to exceed it. That makes any contract extension tricky. Plus, they've never shown a desire to keep Syndergaard beyond next year.

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As J.D. DavisDominic Smith and the rest of the Mets practice social distancing, J.D. and Dom joined SNY's Steve Gelbs on a weekly show right here.  

On the debut episode of The Cookie Club with J.D. and Dom, the guys talked about the origins of their Cookie Club, what they're doing to keep busy, and poked some fun at Pete Alonso.

The guys also talked about what they're doing to stay in baseball shape with much of Florida on lockdown, and there being no timeframe yet for when the season will start.

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In the latest edition of Out of Office Replies, SNY contributor Marc Malusis explains why he thinks the best is yet to come for Edwin Diaz in a Mets uniform, why Gary Sanchez is the Yankees' x-factor, and who his favorite moose of all time is ...

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On the debut of The Cookie Club with J.D. and Dom, SNY's Steve Gelbs talks to J.D. Davis and Dominic Smith about being home, cookies, and Pete Alonso.

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As we continue to practice social distancing in the safety of our own homes, medical professionals and first responders are combating the coronavirus pandemic by fighting it on the front lines. 

That's something Mets 1B Pete Alonso wanted to acknowledge. 

Alonso sent personal videos to some of those courageous professionals who just so happen to be Mets fans as well. Check it out...

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Aug 9, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets catcher Wilson Ramos (40), pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) and center fielder Michael Conforto (30) at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)
Aug 9, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets catcher Wilson Ramos (40), pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) and center fielder Michael Conforto (30) at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)

With the 2020 Major League Baseball season delayed indefinitely due to the coronavirus pandemic (with the league determined to salvage the season), the Mets were dealt a big blow on Tuesday when the team announced that Noah Syndergaard would undergo Tommy John surgery.

Syndergaard missing the entire 2020 season will have a huge impact on the Mets' pitching staff. But while it's a big injury to overcome, the Mets are in solid position to do so.

The betting market agrees, with the Mets' odds to win the World Series no different the day after the Syndergaard news than they were before it...

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

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

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

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

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Sep 25, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) in the dugout in the during game against the Miami Marlins at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Sep 25, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) in the dugout in the during game against the Miami Marlins at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

The Mets received some unfortunate injury news on Tuesday afternoon, as it was announced that right-hander Noah Syndergaard would be undergoing Tommy John surgery for a torn UCL.

Syndergaard began feeling discomfort in his pitching elbow before the coronavirus pandemic halted spring training, and with surgery set for this Thursday, there's now a reasonable expectation that the Mets could be without Syndergaard until Memorial Day of 2021.

Some of Syndergaard's teammates and coaches voiced their support for the righty on social media after the news was announced. Here's a look at what other members of the Mets had to say:

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New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) pitches against the San Francisco Giants during the fifth inning at Oracle Park. (Kelley L Cox/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) pitches against the San Francisco Giants during the fifth inning at Oracle Park. (Kelley L Cox/USA TODAY Sports)

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From the time Noah Syndergaard rather famously added muscle during the winter of 2017 with the stated intention to throw even harder than 100-101 mph, I heard from pitching coaches past and present who feared this day was coming. 

So on a day when the Mets announced Syndergaard will undergo Tommy John surgery, perhaps only the timing was a shock, considering spring training has been shut down for nearly two weeks due to the coronavirus outbreak. 

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Even with spring training camps shut down, the Mets still received some bad news on the injury front on Tuesday, as it was announced that right-hander Noah Syndergaard will need Tommy John surgery.

So what direction will the Mets turn to in order to replace him in the rotation? The Baseball Night in New York crew breaks down exactly what this means for the Mets and how it will impact them once the 2020 season eventually begins ...

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Mets RHP Noah Syndergaard
Mets RHP Noah Syndergaard

Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter |

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

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

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

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Sep 29, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)
Sep 29, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)

Andy Martino, SNY.tv | Twitter |

If you're a Mets fan looking for context to help process the news that Noah Syndergaard needs Tommy John surgery, consider this: The season that Syndergaard will miss will be shorter -- and weirder -- than just about any other in history.

It's the same silver lining that the Yankees stumbled into with Luis Severino, whose elbow also needed surgical reconstruction this spring. 

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, no one knows when baseball will return, or how long the season will be. According to major league sources, MLB is determined to salvage some sort of baseball in 2020, and is still figuring out how that will look. 

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

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

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

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MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred
MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred

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

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

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