Perhaps no one was more excited to get going with the Mets' first Spring Training workout than Luis Rojas. The new Mets manager revealed as much while meeting with the media after New York's return to the field Wednesday morning in Port St. Lucie, Florida.

"Getting here today early, I joked and told the guys earlier, I've been wearing this uniform since like 5:30 in the morning," Rojas said with a laugh. "So it's been a really exciting day for me and that's probably the most fun, just getting here and getting all the guys in one room, being able to talk to them, communicate about what we're going to be doing out there and then going out there and executing it. I mean, I've got to give credit to the coaches. They did such a good job just keeping the stations that we had going on active. From the sides, from the throwing program and to the defensive stations that we had, they were all very energetic and they were all very well coordinated. Time wise, it was a great job by the coaching staff today."

While all position players set to join the pitchers, catchers and others already on the ground at Clover Park, the Mets are already off and running. Rojas recapped the opening day's slate and looked forward to the rest of the week, with the following takeaways from Wednesday's press conference setting the scene.

On Jacob deGrom...

Jacob deGrom has aspirations of securing a third straight NL Cy Young Award after earning the honor in consecutive seasons from 2018-19. Rojas, who crossed paths with deGrom earlier in their careers while both were climbing up the Mets' farm system -- Rojas as a manager and deGrom as a pitcher -- discussed why he believes his ace right-handed pitcher is capable of that ambitious feat.

"First of all, his talent," Rojas said. "It takes me back. I had the privilege of managing him in the minor leagues and first impression of seeing him -- I met Jake before, but I never saw him perform -- and getting him midpoint of the season in Savannah was unbelievable. That talent matched up with his level of competition, the way he competes, from Day 1. I saw it out there today. He gets very competitive. We're working on picks and he got very competitive about it, to get better at it. That's how he is, that's his demeanor and that's how he's so good."

Sometimes that means protecting deGrom from himself. With communication key, Rojas plans to keep a balanced approach.

"Always great communication with all the players," Rojas said. "That's my intent. That's the way I've managed before and the way I intend to manage the guys. One of the most important things that we're going to imply. So communicating going off the field and coming off the field between innings, communication in-game and my take on the things that I'm seeing, my feel from the human factor, what I'm seeing and I know it's going to go well. We're going to have conversations where there's going to be challenges. We might not agree because that's just how it goes in a season, but he's always -- we think about what's best for the player."

On first workout...

As previously mentioned, the Mets reported Monday to Port St. Lucie with pitchers and catchers. Some position players voluntarily arrived with the rest of the team set to report Friday, and Rojas believes the Mets are setting the tone throughout the first few days. 

"I'm excited about the day," Rojas said. "We accomplished a lot. It's a big step we wanted to take on the field. And even before that, we talked about the purpose of this thing that we're going to do out there. And for the guys to go out there and deliver is the big day that we were anticipating happening. So now, we're building up on that, having this consistency these next four days ... keep setting the tone so, when the position players come and join camp, they're up to speed with where the pitchers and catchers are right now."

On building relationships...

With the Mets at the major-league level in 2019 as a quality control coach, Rojas is already personally connected to players on the team. He placed a premium on his relationships up and down the roster, though -- even with the minor-leaguers -- as the spring gets going.

"Well, it's always important to know him personally," Rojas said. "A lot of the guys, I try to connect to. Some of the guys who weren't on the team here last year in the organization before. I try to connect with them in the offseason and get to know the person, build the relationship and then know their expectations. So it's been good, it's worked for me really well and I think we can meet in our plans -- what we have as an organization, plan for the player -- and what they have for themselves. So that starts our journey going and that's what we can make sure our job is really easier."



On Dom Smith...

One of the more intriguing options coming back to the Mets after an injury-decimated 2019 season, Dom Smith comes back healthy and ready for a fresh start. Rojas worked directly with Smith in the outfield last year and, with first basemen Pete Alonso entrenched as an everyday starter, provided insight into what the Mets are expecting from the left fielder.

"Dom's versatility is so valuable -- that type of versatility, playing different positions," Rojas said. "And I talked yesterday about the depth on our roster -- as far as position players, a guy that can play, guys that can play different positions -- Dom is one of them. And we talked a little bit. I worked with him in the outfield last year, he responded really well to drills and you know how smoothe Dom is with his glove. So he's really easy to work with, as far as defense. So today in the outfield, me, J.D. (Davis) and him talked a little bit about last year. So I saw him move very well there, balls off the bat. The wind kind of took a lot of balls over the fence, but he looked good, reacting off the bat there. So we'll keep looking at his versatility. That brings a lot of value to the team."

"Dom's got a great defensive ability, and I think he did a good job in the offseason," Rojas added. "We talked about him working movement and agility, and I think, like I said, I saw him taking some good steps off the bat, being efficient on some routes there, even in a couple of balls that came off the bat. And I like him to keep that versatility and keep growing more in the outfield, like he's doing."

On Luis Guillorme...

Getting back into the swing of things, on-field drills saw a bit of a scare when Luis Guillorme got hit in the face with a ball thrown in his direction while he was not ready. Rojas explained what happened before revealing that the reserve infielder was fine.

"I wasn't there at the moment, but I'm aware of what happened," Rojas said. "I saw Luis and we spoke. He's OK. So I believe he was on Field 1, they were throwing to the bases and ran in, threw a ball and thought he was looking, he wasn't looking and hit him. But he hit after that, so he got cleared to hit. He's fine. Had a little cut in his left eye ... on the side of his left eye. So he's good. He's fine. He hit afterwards."

On Drew Smith...

As the Mets bullpen comes together, Drew Smith is a possibility, but where exactly? With Smith getting back into the flow of things after missing the 2019 season's entirety due to Tommy John surgery last March, Rojas broke down how he views his right-handed reliever early on.

"This is his first bullpen," Rojas said. "The other day, he was very excited and he had many emotions that day. So I'm happy for him, that he's in a progression right now. I don't know about the timeline. So we'll have to see how he goes and our performance group will have more feel of his progression, as far as that date. But no timeline right now for him."

"Obviously, we'll have to get there and see how he's feeling," Rojas added. "He's a great asset in our bullpen, a couple years past. When we got him via trade, he actually joined us in (Double-A) Binghamton. Really fun to watch, great stuff and that's a guy you can see throwing different roles in the bullpen. He can do different things with his repetoire -- fastball, curveball, changeup, mid-90s and deceptive with the front-side glove thing he does. So he can be very versatile, also, for us in the bullpen."


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

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Wilson Ramos and his brother, Efren -- a pitcher in the Mets' organization -- had a bullpen session of sorts with one another on Tuesday. Ramos captioned the video "we keep fit and just waiting for the call."

Unlike teammate Dominic Smith, who caught a Marcus Stroman street bullpen session barefoot and without a mask, Ramos looked to have both cleats and a mask on as he caught his brother.

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

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

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

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Here is the Sports Squared crossword puzzle for Wednesday, April 1, called Big Apple Sports Movies...

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

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

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

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See how the Mets fared against the Phillies in Game 5 of the digital season on MLB The Show 20.

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

On the latest edition of Loud Mouths: The Great Debate, SNY's Chris Williamson and contributor Jon Hein discuss which of the two they would rather build their team around  ...

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When the Mets lost Noah Syndergaard to Tommy John surgery, it didn't just impact the 2020 season. With the recovery from the surgery likely to stretch into the 2021 season, New York -- which was already facing an uncertain situation regarding their rotation in 2021 and beyond -- is now looking at a potentially dire one.

While the 2020 Mets can simply slot both Steven Matz and Michael Wacha into a rotation that should also include Jacob deGrom, Marcus Stroman, and Rick Porcello, the 2021 Mets are looking at just two returning rotation members they can count on at the moment: deGrom and Matz (who will be in his walk year, along with Syndergaard).

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

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MLBPA chief Tony Clark said last week that while players would much rather play in front of fans than empty ballparks, they were open to whatever would get the season started the soonest -- including playing without fans.

And with the city of Toronto announcing Tuesday that it has banned all public events through June 30 due to the coronavirus pandemic, it's nearly impossible to imagine the 2020 MLB season starting with fans in attendance.

Earlier Tuesday, Joel Sherman of the New York Post cited two league sources who believed opening in empty ballparks seemed likely.

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

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

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

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Jul 2, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets center fielder Michael Conforto (30) follows through on a two run RBI double against the New York Yankees during the eighth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
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With the 2020 MLB season paused, let's dip into the mailbag and answer some Mets and Yankees questions...


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

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Feb 29, 2020; West Palm Beach, Florida, USA; New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso (20) takes first base against the Houston Astros at FITTEAM Ballpark of the Palm Beaches. Mandatory Credit: Jim Rassol-USA TODAY Sports (Jim Rassol)
Feb 29, 2020; West Palm Beach, Florida, USA; New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso (20) takes first base against the Houston Astros at FITTEAM Ballpark of the Palm Beaches. Mandatory Credit: Jim Rassol-USA TODAY Sports (Jim Rassol)

With all elective surgeries on hold due to the coronavirus pandemic, some eyebrows were raised when it was announced that Noah Syndergaard would have Tommy John surgery immediately rather than wait.

On Monday, Emma Baccellieri of SI published a piece after speaking with medical ethicists about whether it is wrong for players to get Tommy John surgery in the current climate.

When Pete Alonso got wind of the piece, he weighed in on the situation (and the article) in a series of tweets, coming down firmly in support of Syndergaard -- who had surgery in Florida on Thursday -- and other pitchers. For example, Chris Sale of the Boston Red Sox also underwent the procedure.

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Since retiring from baseball, Paul Lo Duca -- whose nickname with the Mets was "Captain Red Ass" -- has not been shy about giving his opinion.

Speaking Monday on WFAN with SNY contributors Marc Malusis and Maggie Gray, the subject of Lo Duca's ire was Alex Rodriguez, who has gone in recent years from steroid-tainted pariah to beloved MLB commentator and personality.

And that irks Lo Duca, who referred to A-Rod as "one of the fakest people out there" who doesn't deserve to be put on the "pedestal" he is now on.

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

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

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

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

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


Strawberry explains how Keith Hernandez-Gary Carter impacted Mets

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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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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)

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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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.

Click below to watch.

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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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