Masahiro Tanaka and Noah Syndergaard
Masahiro Tanaka and Noah Syndergaard

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The long-awaited scientific findings on the 2019 baseball were released on Wednesday, and the conclusions likely aren't going to satisfy pitchers throughout the majors who were convinced MLB intentionally juiced the ball to fly farther and produce more home runs.

Yet at least there is reason to believe Noah Syndergaard wasn't crazy when he kept complaining that he couldn't throw his slider as effectively in the past -- due to a decrease in the height of the seams on some of the balls that apparently contributed to the record-breaking number of home runs.

And maybe there is now even more reason to believe the Mets should gamble on signing free-agent reliever Blake Treinen, whose fall from dominance with the A's last season was due largely to the ineffectiveness of his sinker -- thought to be at least partly related to lower seams on the ball.

Confused?

Well, who wasn't by the end of last season after watching what seemed to be too many routine fly balls carry over fences for home runs in every big-league ballpark.

And, unfortunately, the conclusions of the scientific study commissioned by MLB that was released at the Winter Meetings in San Diego don't really do much to clear up all the confusion.

Perhaps most significantly, the study -- conducted by four scientists -- shoots down the conspiracy theories, concluding there was no evidence that anything was done intentionally by either the league or Rawlings (the manufacturer) to juice the baseball.

And in what amounted to an endorsement of that finding, Rawlings CEO Michael Zlaket said this at a press conference on Wednesday:

"We have never been asked to juice or de-juice the baseball."

Yet in explaining the astonishing increase in home runs last season, which resulted in the record-breaking total of 6,776 long balls, the scientists concluded that 60 percent of that increase was the result of less drag on the baseball.

The other 40 percent was the result of "launch conditions," meaning the way hitters are attacking the baseball these days, with a higher launch angle to hit the ball in the air.

Ok, that makes some sense, right?

The problem, however, is in breaking down that 60 percent less drag on the ball, the study could only conclude that 35 percent of it was due to the lowered seam height, while the other 65 percent couldn't be explained with any scientific evidence because it found no meaningful change in any other physical properties of the ball.



Still more confusing, the study tested balls used in the postseason, which didn't seem to fly as far, and concluded that they did exhibit increased drag compared to the regular-season balls -- even though there was no detectable difference in seam height.

And so the committee admitted in its report that it doesn't know why the ball didn't seem to be flying as far in October, and could only conclude it may have been the result of a small sample size.

In short, then, this study will do little to quiet the controversy about the baseball, and probably little to convince those who believe MLB is behind all of this, manipulating the manufacturing of the baseballs to get a desired effect.

Perhaps the 2020 season will provide more evidence one way or another, as commissioner Rob Manfred seems to be in agreement with the outcry among fans and media, as well as pitchers, that the home run totals reached a point of absurdity last season.

For now, however, the scientific study could only offer recommendations in an effort to regulate the drag on the ball next season.

Those recommendations include studying the effects of mud that is rubbed on the ball before games to take away the sheen, installing atmospheric-tracking systems to more easily measure drag, and studying the possibility of using humidors in all major league stadiums to "reduce the variability in storage conditions."

The study is the second that MLB has commissioned over the last two years in search of answers about why the ball is flying farther, and neither has found the types of substantive evidence that would make for an easy fix.

The one significant difference in this study centered around the decrease in seam height. Though the study concluded the difference was very small, and varied from ball to ball, it offered the impression that perhaps it's something MLB can attempt to regulate.

Pitchers would surely be in favor of higher seams, allowing them to create more spin or movement on the ball. Syndergaard, remember, said the ball felt like an ice cube to him at times during the season, as he searched in vain for that 95-mph slider he'd thrown a couple of years earlier that left hitters dumbfounded.

There was some thought the lowered seams may have affected Edwin Diaz as well, especially regarding his slider, which went from being a wipeout pitch for the Mariners in 2018 to all too hittable in his disastrous first season with the Mets.

Likewise, Masahiro Tanaka had trouble getting the usual movement on his signature splitter last season, and indicated that it was because of lowered seams on the ball. He went to the extreme of changing his grip on that pitch late in the season, getting better results.

Finally, Treinen, somewhat like Diaz, went from being unhittable -- pitching to a 0.78 ERA in 2018 -- to being all-too hittable, pitching to a 4.51 ERA and getting non-tendered by the A's recently. Treinen relied on a sinker, not a slider, as his out-pitch, but his ability to create sink also may have been affected by lowered seams.

Yet MLB officials offered no indication at Wednesday's press conference that the seams will be intentionally raised next season, saying the ball will continue to be manufactured as always. All of which means that, whatever you care to believe from the latest study, we'll have to wait until next season to see if the ball flies as far as it did in 2019.


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


 

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Click below to see how the Mets fared against the Brewers in Game 12 of their virtual season on MLB The Show 20. 

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In the latest episode of Baseball Night in New York: Living Room Edition, Anthony Recker and Todd Zeile discuss who their favorite teammates to play with were. Plus, what makes players like David Wright and Jacob deGrom so much fun to watch?

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In this edition of Beyond the Booth, Gary Cohen, Keith Hernandez, and Ron Darling give their favorite baseball movies and explain why they're attached to those ones in particular.

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Jeff McNeil, an offensive machine during the 2019 season, didn't really slump -- as he not so subtly pointed out Wednesday on The Cookie Club presented by Insomnia Cookies. But there was one time where he was in need of help. And one of his teammates delivered -- literally.

"When he was in a slump, he was like 0-for-5 or 0-for-6 in a game, and the only way to bring happy squirrel back was Dom (Smith) running inside and getting him a hot dog mid-game," J.D. Davis said. "And then him virtually going up the very next at-bat and getting a hit. And he was still pissed off."

"The hot dog thing is true," a smiling McNeil announced while interrupting Davis' story. "I got a hot dog mid-game."

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With the MLB season paused due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Mets have been trying to stay ready as they wait for information regarding a potential start date.

Dominic Smith has been taking try hacks and running with J.D. Davis in a hotel parking lot.

Edwin Diaz has been staying ready while pitching in an empty ballpark.

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Mets catcher Wilson Ramos is at home with his family, but the work never stops. 

While MLB is paused amid the coronavirus outbreak, many players have shared video of themselves working out at home to stay ready for whenever it is that baseball makes its return.

Ramos tweeted out a photo and and accompanying video of his catching some pitches from the safety of his own home. 

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Click below to see how the Mets fared against the Astros in Game 11 of their virtual season on MLB The Show 20. 

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In the latest episode of Baseball Night in New York: Living Room Edition, the crew discusses whether or not Noah Syndergaard's Tommy John surgery should give Seth Lugo a chance to start for the Mets. Plus, what was it about Wilmer Flores that made him such a fan favorite?

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On Episode 3 of The Cookie Club presented by Insomnia Cookies with J.D. Davis and Dom Smith, fellow club member Jeff McNeil joins the show, and big secrets are revealed!

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Ron Darling, SNY.tv

There have been many proposals from baseball people regarding playing a meaningful baseball season. Maybe we need to work backward.  

Baseball has always been unique because of its marathon season spread throughout the summer. That, obviously, is not going to happen. I'm behind everyone who has an idea on how to get started but shouldn't we err on the side of caution? If and when the nation is cleared, that is when baseball should start. So let's get crazy.  

"Ballin in the Fall." Just steal the March Madness idea, and baseball runs its own version in November. 

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 (Rick Scuteri)
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Andy Martino, SNY.tv | Twitter |

When Major League Baseball officials presented a plan for playing the 2020 season in Arizona to the Players' Association on Monday, they did not expect it to become public within 24 hours.

But now that it has, courtesy first of ESPN and the Associated Press before multiple outlets added details, Phase 2 has begun -- however unintentionally.

When asked what is next in the process, a person involved with the plan said simply: "Scrutiny."

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In the latest edition of Out of Office Replies, SNY's Todd Zeile says Dom Smith surprised him greatly last season by being such an impact bat off the bench. He also gives his opinion on bringing back the black jerseys...

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Click below to see how the Mets fared against the Astros in Game 10 of their virtual season on MLB The Show 20. 

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Brodie Van Wagenen's first big move as Mets general manager was orchestrating a trade that brought Robinson Cano and Edwin Diaz to the Mets. Both had their share of struggles in 2019, though. 

On the latest edition of Loud Mouths: The Great Debate, SNY's Gary Apple and Maria Marino discuss which player the Mets will need a better 2020 season from ...

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In the latest episode of Baseball Night in New York: Living Room Edition, the crew discusses the reported 'Arizona plan' that baseball is said to be considering to start the 2020 season. Doug Williams, Todd Zeile and Anthony Recker give their thoughts on how this newly discussed plan could impact the game, plus an in-depth discussion on Amed Rosario's future with the Mets ...

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Mar 26, 2020; New York City, New York, USA; A general view of Citi Field. The season opener between the Washington Nationals and the New York Mets has been postponed due the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)
Mar 26, 2020; New York City, New York, USA; A general view of Citi Field. The season opener between the Washington Nationals and the New York Mets has been postponed due the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)

Mets COO Jeff Wilpon sent the team's season ticket holders a letter on Tuesday, which a recipient forwarded to SNY.

Here's what the letter said...

Dear Mets fans:

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Apr 21, 2018; Phoenix, AZ, USA; A general view of game action between the Arizona Diamondbacks and the San Diego Padres during the fifth inning at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports (Joe Camporeale)
Apr 21, 2018; Phoenix, AZ, USA; A general view of game action between the Arizona Diamondbacks and the San Diego Padres during the fifth inning at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports (Joe Camporeale)

Andy Martino, SNY.tv | Twitter |

For about three weeks, a small group of industry insiders have been working 18-hour days assembling a plan for MLB to play its season in Arizona, according to multiple sources with direct knowledge of the process.

During that process, high-ranking members of the medical community have signed on to the details of a plan that would be heavy on social distancing, per those sources.

This approval comes from government health agencies, not the wing of the Donald Trump administration that had proven eager to open the economy before the COVID-19 pandemic risk subsides. In other words, the officials open to this are the ones who have generally proven themselves more aligned with the scientific community.

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In our first edition of Time Machine Tuesday, we flash back to July 15, 2018 when Pete Alonso was one of the main highlights of the Future Games during All-Star Weekend. 

He spoke with SNY's Justine Ward after to discuss his "immaculate" homer...

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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)

Mets first baseman Pete Alonso penned an impassioned missive last week directed to the fans, telling them how much he missed baseball and imploring them to "shake the damn stadium" when baseball finally returns to Citi Field.

In the meantime, Alonso -- like every other player -- is preparing in isolation for what he hopes will be the start of the season.

And after smashing the rookie home run record in 2019, Alonso wants to master something else in 2020.

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Rob Manfred (Orlando Ramirez)
Rob Manfred (Orlando Ramirez)

Major League Baseball released a statement on Tuesday following a report by ESPN's Jeff Passan that the league and players were "increasingly focused" on a plan to start the season in Arizona as early as May.

"MLB has been actively considering numerous contingency plans that would allow play to commence once the public health situation has improved to the point that it is safe to do so. While we have discussed the idea of staging games at one location as one potential option, we have not settled on that option or developed a detailed plan. While we continue to interact regularly with governmental and public health officials, we have not sought or received approval of any plan from federal, state and local officials, or the Players Association. The health and safety of our employees, players, fans and the public at large are paramount, and we are not ready at this time to endorse any particular format for staging games in light of the rapidly changing public health situation caused by the coronavirus."

In Passan's report, he said the league had "support of high-ranking federal public health officials who believe the league can safely operate amid the coronavirus pandemic."

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Apr 13, 2019; Phoenix, AZ, USA; A general view of game action between the Arizona Diamondbacks and the San Diego Padres during the fourth inning at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports (Joe Camporeale)
Apr 13, 2019; Phoenix, AZ, USA; A general view of game action between the Arizona Diamondbacks and the San Diego Padres during the fourth inning at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports (Joe Camporeale)

With "support of high-ranking federal public health officials who believe the league can safely operate amid the coronavirus pandemic," Major League Baseball and its players are "increasingly focused" on a plan that would allow for the 2020 season to begin as early as May, ESPN's Jeff Passan reported early Tuesday.

According to the report, the plan -- which has been in motion for a while -- would have all 30 big league teams playing in Arizona (near Phoenix) in ballparks without fans while remaining isolated near the Phoenix area.

Those ballparks would include Chase Field -- the retractable roof home of the Arizona Diamondbacks -- as well as the 10 spring training ballparks in the area and "perhaps other nearby fields."

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Here is the Sports Squared crossword puzzle for Tuesday, April 7, called 2015 Mets: Almost a Miracle...

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Chase Field (Joe Camporeale)
Chase Field (Joe Camporeale)

During a conference call with MLB and MLBPA on Monday, the idea of playing solely in Arizona was tossed around as both sides continue to try to find a way to have a 2020 season, according to the Associated Press

The spread of coronavirus continues around the country, but the league is still trying to make sure it can salvage some sort of season. And having it in the Phoenix area -- one that has Chase Field and 10 spring training parks for the Cactus League within 50 miles of each other -- could be the perfect landing spot. 

"It allows for immediacy of a schedule, where you might be able to begin it and televise it, provide Major League Baseball to America," agent Scott Boras said. "I think players are willing to do what's necessary because I think they understand the importance of baseball for their own livelihoods and for the interest of our country and providing a necessary product that gives all the people that are isolated enjoyment."

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Feb 29, 2020; West Palm Beach, Florida, USA; New York Mets pitcher Steven Matz (32) started the game 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 pitcher Steven Matz (32) started the game against the Houston Astros at FITTEAM Ballpark of the Palm Beaches. Mandatory Credit: Jim Rassol-USA TODAY Sports (Jim Rassol)

Andy Martino, SNY.tv | Twitter |

Steven Matz is well aware that when an athlete invokes his or her religious faith, it can sound like the recitation of a cliche. 

In fact, when asked on Monday why he has felt so compelled as a young man to use his platform in service of others, he hesitated before answering, for that exact reason.

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Feb 17, 2019; West Palm Beach, FL, USA; MLB commissioner Rob Manfred addresses representatives from the grapefruit league during the annual spring training media day at Hilton in West Palm Beach. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)
Feb 17, 2019; West Palm Beach, FL, USA; MLB commissioner Rob Manfred addresses representatives from the grapefruit league during the annual spring training media day at Hilton in West Palm Beach. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)

An MLB-record 6,776 home runs were hit during the 2019 regular season, up from 5,585 in 2018, with many fly balls that had been fly outs in the past (or extra-base hits) instead sailing out of ballparks.

In addition to the baseballs during the 2019 regular season flying differently once they were hit was the fact that lower seams and a slicker surface hindered pitchers from being able to grip and/or control the baseball like they were used to.

Then came the 2019 postseason, when the balls were seemingly de-juiced. 

So what happened?

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Ron Darling, SNY.tv

Nothing about baseball today.

Just wanted to say thank you to all the hospitals, doctors and nurses for their tireless work to keep us safe. This is a scary time for all of us and it is times like these where we bear witness to those who make life manageable.  

And for all of us in New York, please follow the direction of Governor Cuomo and do your part in these challenging times. COVID-19 is a serious matter and please take all steps in order to help stop the spread of the virus.

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SNY's Doug Williams checks in from home with a new edition of Doug's Diary. Does Pete Alonso deserve to be the new captain of the Mets? Plus, thoughts on The Sopranos...

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Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen posted a message on Monday to healthcare workers who are on the front lines battling the coronavirus pandemic.

"As we all stay home and follow the guidelines of our health officials, I just wanted to give a big thank you to the doctors, the nurses, and all of our healthcare workers for keeping us safe, for going to work, and fighting this pandemic on the front lines every day," Van Wagenen said. "But it's those of you that are getting people healthy, getting people back home to their families, and putting yourselves at risk -- sacrificing for the better good of our entire community. Thank you to all of you and let's get through this together. Thanks."

Watch Van Wagenen's full message below:

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In this edition of SNY's Out of Office Replies, Steve Gelbs loves Igor Shesterkin's future with the Rangers, picks Steven Matz to break out, and more!

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Here is the Sports Squared crossword puzzle for Monday, April 6, called New York Sports Rivals (Since 1990)...

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Mets on MLB The Show

Click below to see how the Mets fared against the Nationals in Game 9 of their virtual season on MLB The Show 20. 

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

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Mets reliever Edwin Diaz, who is hoping to bounce back in 2020 if/when the season gets underway, is staying ready with MLB on hold indefinitely due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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

The slider was something Diaz was working on during spring training, with the pitch coming in at the bottom of the zone most often during games. And the one he broke off on Saturday looked nasty. Click below to watch...

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On the latest edition of SNY's Out of Office Replies, Anthony Recker shares a funny Bartolo Colon story, explains how he knew Jacob deGrom could win the Cy Young, and more.

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Ron Darling, SNY.tv

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

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

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Mets third baseman Jeff McNeil, joined by his wife, Tatiana, and their dog, Willow, issued a message of thanks to healthcare workers who are doing everything they can to help fight the coronavirus pandemic.

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Click below to watch the virtual Mets take on the virtual Nats in game 8 of the Mets' season on MLB The Show 20.

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Aug 11, 2016; Arlington, TX, USA; A general view of the MLB logo with Colorado Rockies batting gear on it during the game against the Texas Rangers at Globe Life Park in Arlington. Colorado Rockies won 12-9. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports (Tim Heitman)
Aug 11, 2016; Arlington, TX, USA; A general view of the MLB logo with Colorado Rockies batting gear on it during the game against the Texas Rangers at Globe Life Park in Arlington. Colorado Rockies won 12-9. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports (Tim Heitman)

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

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

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

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

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Ron Darling, SNY.tv

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

Three things (two you can control)...

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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)

Luis Rojas has waited a long time to get his shot at managing the Mets, and he's now dealing with a delay to his first season that the game of baseball has "never seen before."

Rojas, hired by the Mets this offseason after the team and Carlos Beltran parted ways, recently spoke to Nathalie Alonso of MLB.com. On a call from Port St. Lucie, Rojas talked about the adjustments that he's needed to make on the fly as the coronavirus outbreak continues.

"Obviously, with what's going on with the virus, it's something we've never seen before, so we're swimming in unfamiliar waters as far as being able to anticipate what's going to happen in the future," Rojas told MLB.com. "But as far as adjusting and adapting, like we're all doing in our lives, I think [the baseball mentality] has helped us as a team."

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New York Mets' David Wright watches his two-run home run against the Arizona Diamondbacks in the first inning of a baseball game in New York, Sunday, April 24, 2011. (AP Photo/Paul J. Bereswill) (Paul J. Bereswill/AP)
New York Mets' David Wright watches his two-run home run against the Arizona Diamondbacks in the first inning of a baseball game in New York, Sunday, April 24, 2011. (AP Photo/Paul J. Bereswill) (Paul J. Bereswill/AP)

Andy Martino, SNY.tv | Twitter |

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

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

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


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

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

There were so many memorable moments. David's toddler daughter throwing out the first pitch. The reaction to his every movement. The vitriol directed at Peter O'Brien when he caught the foul pop-up in David's final at-bat. David coming up to the booth in full uniform. The utter joy and love on the faces of the fans in front of our booth when they realized David was there. And most of all, the recurring theme of David's desire to play one last game: the fact that neither of his daughters had ever seen him play. He needed completion for himself, but also for his family.

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

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

My maternal grandparents divorced at some point early in my mom's life. That's when my grandmother went to work for Ma Bell, and Mom's brother Carlos, being the oldest man in the family, had to quit school and go to work as well. With grandma working days, my mom had to babysit and raise her younger siblings, Jerry and Donald. Donald was sickly as a child (Rheumatic fever) and required extra care.

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

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Aug 5, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso (20) reacts after hitting a solo home run against the Miami Marlins during the seventh inning of game two of a doubleheader at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Aug 5, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso (20) reacts after hitting a solo home run against the Miami Marlins during the seventh inning of game two of a doubleheader at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

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

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

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

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Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen
Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen

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

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

As had been the case before the Mets signed Wacha and Porcello -- temporarily giving them six starting pitchers for five rotation spots -- Van Wagenen also talked up Seth Lugo and Robert Gsellman as part of the team's starting rotation depth with Syndergaard out for the entire 2020 season and perhaps into 2021.

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

But first, some rules...

In order to be eligible for the team, a player must have spent a solid chunk of his career in Queens and experienced part of his peak during that time. That means Pedro Martinez and Nolan Ryan won't be in the starting rotation and Willie Mays won't be patrolling center field.

Tags: David Wright, Jacob deGrom, Jose Reyes, Juan Lagares, Luis Guillorme, Danny Abriano
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