Our review of Mets prospects, having finished the infield, heads to the outfield. We'll start with corner outfielders today and then follow with the centerfielders. We’ve been through catcherfirst basesecondshortstop and third base.

As with most of our positions so far, really all but shortstop, there’s a clear top prospect at the position. This time it's 2014 first-round pick Michael Conforto. This is one of the thinnest areas in the Mets’ system, a problem exacerbated by the fact that teams must play two corner outfielders per game.

Corner outfield remains an area of need for the Mets. Despite the addition of Curtis Granderson last winter, by Fangraph’s WAR, Mets’ cornermen ranked 18th in baseball at 3.1 total WAR contributed.

This should not be a surprise, but playoff teams had productive outfields. Among playoff teams, only the Cardinals derived less value (2.1 fWAR) in 2014 than the Mets did, from their corner spots. The teams with the five most productive outfield corners (the Orioles, Dodgers, Royals, Athletics and Tigers) all made the playoffs. Of the top ten corner outfields in baseball, six made the playoffs. In total, playoff teams derived 9.95 wins, on average, from their corner outfielders in 2014. Non playoffs teams were stuck at 2.3. We could play this game for any position, but for the corner outfield, the relationship between reaching the playoffs is stronger. This makes intuitive sense, of course, since we’re aggregating across two positions instead of one. Among the top 10 teams by first base and second base production in 2014, only three made the playoffs. Among the top ten teams in the big leagues at short, six made the playoffs. At third base and centerfield, five of the top 10 went to the tournament.


The List - Corner OF

  1. Michael Conforto
  2. Wuilmer Becerra
  3. Cesar Puello
  4. Kyle Johnson
  5. Victor Cruzado
  6. Jared King 


1. Conforto

After the Mets selected Conforto with the 10th overall pick in the June 2014, it took over a month for the first-rounder to appear in a game with the Brooklyn Cyclones. In 42 games as a Cyclone, Conforto hit .331 with a .403 on-base percentage and a .448 slugging percentage. He drew walks in 8.6 percent of his plate appearances and struck out in 15.6 percent while bopping 10 doubles and three home runs. The Mets promoted Conforto, along with the left side of the Brooklyn infield, to Savannah to help the Gnats with their playoff run, which lasted only two games. Conforto was 3-for-9 with two doubles, for what it's worth, with Savannah.

Conforto is surely one of the Mets’ top 10 prospects, and I expect him to land in the top 5 in most major rankings coming into this season.

Conforto’s strength: he hits. It’s a simple swing without much extraneous movement. His hand load is very short. He starts balanced, and his stride is short, even though he lands a little closed. He brings his hands down to the ball and then up to a high finish. There’s enough bat speed here and strength on contact to do damage. Conforto struggled on pitches in during the second half of his tenure in Brooklyn. Moving from a closed landing, to one where his feet are more parallel with home plate could help him on the inner half. The good news for Conforto is that minor league pitchers mostly work away.

Almost all of Conforto’s value will be tied very closely to his bat. He’s thickly built at 6’1” and 210 lbs. He’s a decent enough runner now, but will not steal more than a handful of bases a season in the big leagues. Defensively, he will have enough range for left, but has given no indication that his range will be any better than average. His arm looked short in infield/outfield, but played up to average in games thanks to accuracy and release. For example, he threw out a runner at home in the very short left field in Asheville in game one of the SAL playoffs.

In all, there’s a big leaguer here, and a potential contributor on a playoff team as an averagish left-fielder who could potentially put together a few above average seasons in his peak.


2, Becerra

Becerra, the last piece of the R.A. Dickey swap which also netted the Mets Travis d’Arnaud and Noah Syndergaard, hit .300 with a .351 on-base percentage and a .469 slugging percentage in 58 games in the Appalachian League this year. He struck out in 24 percent of his plate appearances and walked in 6.1 percent.

If everything comes together, Becerra could be an above average rightfielder for a long time. He’s a lean 6’4”, with broad shoulders with plenty of room to add strength through his core. He’s an above-average runner with an above-average arm. These are tools to play an above average right field.

At the plate, when I saw him in Kingsport, he was hitting out of a very wide base and began his swing with a leg kick and a pronounced weight transfer. In games, his long swing left him late repeatedly in a brief look. At times, he was reduced to using his hands only. The good news, is that the hands worked well. In BP, when he had more time to get everything moving in the same direction, he showed average or better power. Now the downside. He chased fastballs up and breaking stuff away. He’ll need to clean up his swing. That’s to be expected. He’s young. He’s also far away.

Becerra was arrested for drag racing over the July 4 weekend, but the incident did not appear to hamper his 2014 season in any meaningful way and the Mets were mum on any team disciplinary actions immediately following his arrest.

Becerra should head to Savannah to begin his first full season in 2015. If everything clicks here, he could be a very good big leaguer.


3. Puello

In an environment in Las Vegas where everyone else rakes, Puello did not. In his age 23 season, he hit .252 in 105 games with the 51s with a .355 on-base percentage and a .393 slugging percentage. That’s the bad.

However, I still think there’s a big leaguer in here. He’s big and strong. He’s fast (13 for 14 stealing bases in Triple-A) and plays hard.

Other reasons for optimism for finding a big league role for Puello:

1. His 8.1 percent walk rate was his highest of any professional season. He has improved markedly in this area.

2. He crushed left-handed pitching.

3. He will be a defensive asset.

4. He hit .326/.403/.547 in Double-A in 2013 before his Biogenesis suspension. There is a little track record here.

His left/right splits were big.

ABAVGOBPSLGBB%SO%HR%BABIP
14 v. LHP109.312.409.5327.921.33.1.385
14 v. RHP209.220.326.3218.218.41.2.267
The tricky thing with Puello is that he is now out of options. There’s a chance the Mets outright him in November and some other team claims him. If he makes it through the winter, but does not make the Mets 25-man roster out of spring training, he will be exposed to every other team on waivers before he can be sent to the minors. Will someone take a chance on his athleticism and ability against lefties? Will the Mets?


4. Johnson

The outfielder the Mets picked up from the Angels in the Colin Cowgill trade, Johnson put up a 104 wRC+ in over 400 plate appearances for Double-A Binghamton thanks to a .344 on-base percentage and .384 slugging rate. He walked in 10 percent of his plate appearances and stole 12 bases. He does not hit for power, but he slaps the ball around, knows the strike zone and can run.

He’s not an everyday guy in the big leagues, but might sneak onto a roster as a 25th man.


5. Cruzado

In his age-22 season, Cruzado hit .273 with a .371 on-base percentage and a .404 slugging percentage for Savannah in over 420 PA. A switch hitter who is more effective from the left side, Cruzado had a tendency to get jumpy from the right. He also dealt with some nagging finger issues that might have harmed his bat control.

He played a strong right field in Grayson Stadium’s big outfield, and showed off a terrific arm.

At 23 in 2015, he will start in St. Lucie where he will be old for the league.


6. King

Shortly after proposing to his fiancée before a game in Savannah in May, King broke his right foot. When he returned near the end of June, the Mets sent the 22-year-old to advanced Single-A St. Lucie, rather than back to Savannah.

In the second half, King hit .287 with a .343 on-base percentage and .392 slugging percentage in 49 games with St. Lucie. He drew a walk in 7.6 percent of his plate appearances, and struck out in 18 percent, while hitting two home runs. I just don’t see enough power here to play on a corner everyday. I could say the same about Johnson and Cruzado, both of whom are ranked ahead of King, but both of provide much more defensive value.

King will play in Double-A, and likely as soon as 2015, but I don’t know where he fits on a big league roster.

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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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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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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)

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

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

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

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After reading about Major League Baseball's proposal for a sliding scale of pay cuts that penalized the highest earners, one veteran role player had to grudgingly admire what the owners had done.

"They've just taken the biggest problem in the union, the pay class divide, and flipped it on its head," the player said. "And now they'll watch as the union tears itself apart as the highest paid fight back on this while the lowest paid say 'whoa whoa whoa, we like this!' The union will try to convince those young, naive players that it's in their interest to stand together, but it isn't."

Inside any major league clubhouse, there are wealthy players and players making the minimum salary. Last year on the Yankees, to choose a random example, Giancarlo Stanton earned approximately $25.5 million more than Ben Heller.

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See how the Mets fared against the Philadelphia Phillies in Game 54 of the virtual season on MLB The Show 20.

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Baseball Night in New York looks back on Chase Utley's dirty slide into Ruben Tejada in Game 2 of the 2015 NLDS, and Anthony Recker reveals the impact it had on the Mets.

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

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

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

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

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

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Sep 9, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) delivers a pitch during the first inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports (Gregory Fisher)
Sep 9, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) delivers a pitch during the first inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports (Gregory Fisher)

Whenever this 2020 MLB season gets underway, Mets ace Jacob deGrom will be going after a feat only two pitchers in MLB history have accomplished before him. 

A three-peat in Cy Young Awards has only been done by Greg Maddux and Randy Johnson -- two Hall of Fame starters who were just as dominant as deGrom has been in their primes. It's an entirely different situation this season with it being shortened. However, deGrom is still at the top of his game, and many believe he can join these two in the record books.

But does deGrom have to worry about his competition? 

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See how the Mets fared against the Atlanta Braves in Game 53 of the virtual season on MLB The Show 20.

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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Sunday that effective immediately, all professional local sports teams are now permitted to begin training camps in the state while following appropriate health protocols.

"Starting today, all the New York professional sports leagues will be able to begin training camps (in the state)," Cuomo said during his daily coronavirus press briefing. "I believe that sports that can come back without having people in the stadium, without having people in the arena -- do it, do it.

"Work out the economics if you can. We want you up, we want people to be able to watch sports. To the extent people are still staying home, it gives people something to do. It's a return to normalcy. So we are working and encouraging all sports teams to start their training camps as soon as possible, and we'll work with them to make sure that can happen."

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

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

Some of those names make plenty of sense.

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

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See the highlights as SNY brings together members of the 1986 New York Mets to re-watch Game 6 of the 1986 World Series against the Boston Red Sox.

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Here is the Sports Squared crossword puzzle for Sunday, May 24, called Baseball's Incredible Feats and Greatest Moments...

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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)

Earlier on Saturday, news surfaced that Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard was being sued for $250,000 by his New York City landlord for unpaid rent on a Tribeca apartment.

The Mets right-hander responded via Twitter on Saturday evening, telling his side of the story.

"So let me get this straight. I fairly, and in food faith offered to pay 2 months rent (over 50K) to a landlord for a place I was never going to step foot in due to a global pandemic that took a severe toll upon the residents of NYC, gave timely notice to attempt to try and re-rent, while getting TJ and now living in Florida for rehab, and the landlord tries to extort me for 250K while leaking this story to the media, and I'm the bad guy? Yeah, ok. See you in court pal."

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The 1986 Mets were certainly a cast of characters. 

As SNY celebrates the 1986 World Series champions, many members of the team, including Bob Ojeda, Dwight Gooden, Darryl Strawberry, Keith Hernandez and others, joined in for a Game 6 Watch Party.

As they watched the game live on SNY, they also told some classic stories from their era of Mets baseball. 

When third baseman Ray Knight was brought up in conversation, Ron Darling told a perhaps never-before-known tale about how a wrestling match once broke out inside the team's training room.

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See how the Mets fared against the Atlanta Braves in Game 52 of the virtual season on MLB The Show 20.

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Sep 2, 2017; Houston, TX, USA; New York Mets manager Terry Collins (10) looks on during batting practice before a game against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports (Troy Taormina)
Sep 2, 2017; Houston, TX, USA; New York Mets manager Terry Collins (10) looks on during batting practice before a game against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports (Troy Taormina)

Due to MLB's coronavirus hiatus, Mets manager Luis Rojas has still yet to manage his first game in the big leagues, something he's undoubtedly been dreaming of for quite some time.

A baseball lifer, Rojas grew up around the game (including being ejected from a minor league dugout when he was just seven years old), and he's worked his way up through the minor leagues to reach the big job with the Mets. 

Rojas' time with the Mets organization is now going on 13 years, as he was first hired as a coach of their Dominican League team in 2007, but former Mets skipper Terry Collins believes Rojas' knowledge of both the game and of the players in the Mets' system, will suit him well in his new role as manager.

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Outside view of Citi Field. (Treated Image by SNY)

The Mets have given their fans tons of magical moment, but some of those moments have been lost in the shuffle a bit.

Here are nine forgotten moments from the last 25 years...

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See how the Mets fared against the Atlanta Braves in Game 51 of the virtual season on MLB The Show 20.

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Doc Gooden joins the BNNY crew to talk about the impact that Gary Carter had on the Mets after being acquired by the team. He also talks about what it was like to play at Shea Stadium, and much more.

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

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The World Series trophy (Gary A. Vasquez)
The World Series trophy (Gary A. Vasquez)

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

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

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

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As negotiations between the league and players union continue to play out, it sounds like the Mets and Yankees have both decided where they'll resume spring training, when permitted.

According to MLB Network's Jon Heyman, both the Mets and Yankees will be returning to Florida for spring training 2.0, with Heyman noting that Florida's per capita coronavirus numbers are better than those of most other states. 

If and when MLB and the union can come to a deal regarding players' pay for a shortened 2020 season (without fans in attendance), teams will be permitted to choose between their home cities and their spring training sites for where to resume spring training. 

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See how the Mets fared against the Arizona Diamondbacks in Game 50 of the virtual season on MLB The Show 20.

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SNY's Gary Cohen, Keith Hernandez and Ron Darling answer questions from fans and also discuss the latest negotiations between MLB and the players union during Beyond the Booth Live, hosted by Steve Gelbs on Thursdays at 4 p.m.

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Carlos Beltran put up incredible numbers during his seven seasons as a Met, but is he a no-brainer for the best center fielder in franchise history?

Doug Williams, Steve Gelbs, and Anthony Recker tackle that question and more on the latest Baseball Night in New York: Living Room Edition. Catch the full episode on SNY at 7 p.m.

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For most Mets fans, Gary Cohen, Keith Hernandez, and Ron Darling are practically family members, as their voices resonate in homes throughout the Mets' season.

But there may be some things about the SNY crew that fans don't know. On the latest Beyond The Booth, Keith and Ron tell one thing each that fans probably don't know about the Mets' play-by-play announcer …

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Within the next few days, Major League Baseball will likely make its first economic proposal to the Players Association about resuming play this season. Moderates among the players and agents -- the ones who want a fair settlement but not a war -- will push for an agreement, and the sides will agree to a pay cut but not a 50/50 revenue split.

That, at least, is what we predict from talking to sources on all sides of this negotiation.

As previously reported, it's far from a sure thing that MLB will propose a controversial revenue sharing plan. Over the past few days, agents around the game have become increasingly skeptical that was ever the plan. 

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After being selected in the first round of the 2013 MLB Amateur Draft, Dominic Smith ascended his way up through the Mets' minor league system, while receiving help along the way. 

One of the people who helped Smith become the major leaguer he is today is his now manager Luis Rojas, who coached Smith at multiple stops along the way to Queens. 

Appearing as a guest on The Cookie Club presented by Insomnia Cookies, Rojas told a story of how he helped motivate Smith during his 2015 season with the St. Lucie Mets, after Smith had shown up a bit out of shape and wasn't hustling the way Rojas and the rest of the coaching staff wanted him to.

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Mets manager Luis Rojas has been around the game of baseball his entire life. He's coached his way up through almost every level of the minor leagues and is now preparing for his first season as a big-league skipper.

Rojas was first hired by the Mets in 2007 as a Dominican Summer League coach, but it sounds like his coaching experience actually dates back a little further than that.

When Rojas was just 7 years old, his father, Felipe Alou, had to eject him from the dugout for being too critical of the players Alou was managing during a minor league game.

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"I thought we were done."

It was Game 6 of the 1986 World Series, and in the bottom of the 10th inning, that's what Keith Hernandez had in his head when he flew out to center field for the second out. The Mets allowed two runs to the Boston Red Sox in the top of the 10th, so a 5-3 lead for the away team with only one out to go didn't look good at all for Hernandez. 

Hernandez ran into the clubhouse because he simply couldn't watch when the Red Sox get that out and celebrate as world champions. But we all know how that went.

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See how the Mets fared against the Arizona Diamondbacks in Game 49 of the virtual season on MLB The Show 20.

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

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

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

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On The Cookie Club presented by Insomnia Cookies, J.D. Davis and Dominic Smith welcome in their manager Luis Rojas to talk about the universal DH and how it will affect the Mets, getting tossed from a game at seven years old by his father, and much more.

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Mets RHP Jeurys Familia (Jim Rassol)
Mets RHP Jeurys Familia (Jim Rassol)

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

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

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

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See how the Mets fare against the Arizona Diamondbacks in Game 48 of the virtual season on MLB The Show 20.

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Major League Baseball has not yet made an economic proposal to the Players' Association regarding the 2020 season -- and when it does, it won't necessarily be the revenue-sharing plan that the union considers a non-starter, according to people with direct knowledge of the process.

Perhaps agreeing to an across-the-board pay cut with no revenue sharing component will help the union salvage the appearance of compromise out of an increasingly challenging negotiation.

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Luis Rojas (Jim Rassol)
Luis Rojas (Jim Rassol)

After Mets assistant pitching coach Jeremy Accardo does his fatherly duties -- home-schooling his sons and daughters -- he goes out for his daily run. It's a run with a purpose, one that will be gracing the New York City Marathon stage on Nov. 1. 

And the reason behind his training is his daughter, Leighton.

Leighton was diagnosed with Stage 4 malignant germ cell tumors in May of 2019, and she has been undergoing chemotherapy to combat them ever since. She's also recently traveled to New York with her mom to undergo surgeries as well, per Yahoo! Sports' Tim Brown.

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

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

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

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

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Aug 4, 2019; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; New York Mets pitchers Jacob deGrom (left) and Steven Matz (32) race in the outfield before the game against the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)
Aug 4, 2019; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; New York Mets pitchers Jacob deGrom (left) and Steven Matz (32) race in the outfield before the game against the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)

A shortened season could have a big effect on Jacob deGrom three-peating as the NL Cy Young Award winner, but Mets teammate Steven Matz doesn't believe that will be the case. 

DeGrom is notorious for being locked in at all times when he toes the rubber, but fewer games means there truly is no room for error. Matz knows nothing shakes up the Mets' ace, though.

"No, not really. Everyone will be in the same boat," Matz said, via the Mets, about deGrom winning another Cy Young. "He's still going to go out and dominate. Everyone is playing by the same set of guidelines. It doesn't matter if the season is short or long, he's just going to be himself and that will be pretty good."

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard, Steven Matz, Scott Thompson
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Time Machine Tuesday travels to September 2018, when David Wright returned to the Mets one last time, and said goodbye from the SNY booth.

Tags: David Wright
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MLB The Show 20
MLB The Show 20

See how the Mets fare against the Pirates in Game 47 of the virtual season on MLB The Show 20.

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