Mets RHP Noah Syndergaard
Mets RHP Noah Syndergaard

Most anybody and everybody who knows pitching, it seems, still believes Noah Syndergaard can be one of the best pitchers in baseball, based on his talent. But what does he need to do to make it happen after 2019, the worst season of his career? 

Opinions on that varied among the several people I spoke to about the Mets' righthander, most centering around pitch selection and/or mental approach, something Syndergaard copped to himself in Port St. Lucie last week, saying his struggles last season were at least partly a case of "paralysis by analysis; thinking too much." 

However, Bob Ojeda, the former Mets pitcher, who has also worked as a minor-league pitching coach and SNY analyst, delivered a harsher critique that was aimed at Syndergaard's Thor persona, if you will.

Specifically, Ojeda took exception to Syndergaard's now-famous shirtless workouts in Port St. Lucie, believing it was a way to call attention to himself. 

"I think he needs to grow up," Ojeda said. "The job is hard enough. Sometimes your personality gets in the way of the talent when you're that talented, and his personality has jammed him up, in my opinion.

"Experience tells me if somebody would help Syndergaard keep his focus on just being a monster athlete, he would thank them later on."

With that in mind, Ojeda said he was happy to see Syndergaard's teammates prank him good-naturedly by going shirtless for a team stretch earlier this week. 

"That was cool," Ojeda said. "They made a little joke of it, but there's a lot of truth to be found in humor. I saw it as a team doing some self-policing, which is what you need as a club to be successful, because when somebody jumps out of the pack, you need to throw a rope around him and say, 'get back here with the rest of us.' 

"If teammates can do that, it's a great sign because when things go bad, you've got to be able to lean on each other and trust each other. I know he laughed and said he'll do it even more, which is what you'd expect him to say, but maybe deep down inside, he's thinking, 'I should reel it in some.'"

If you think all of this is making too much of a guy going shirtless in informal workouts, well, Ojeda's point is that it's symbolic of an attention-seeking personality, which he believes is a factor in keeping Syndergaard from reaching his potential. 

But is that a fair assessment or more of an outside perception? I got different opinions on that when I asked people close to the situation. 

Some see the Thor persona, including Syndergaard's high-profile social media presence, as harmless fun and make the point that he works hard behind the scenes.

"I think he's misunderstood," one Mets person said. "I think he's too honest for his own good at times, and he says things after games that he probably shouldn't, just out of frustration, and they sound like excuses. And, yeah, he likes attention, but he's not (Matt) Harvey -- he doesn't separate himself from the team. He may do things for show but he's got his priorities straight."

Others say Ojeda may have a point. 

"He's not a bad kid," said another Mets person, "but I wish he'd eliminate the B.S. and just say, 'OK, I'm going to bear the (bleep) down for the next two years and try to make $200 million (as a free agent).' He should be saying, 'Jacob deGrom is the Cy Young? Well, guess what, I'm going to rival his a--, because my stuff's every bit as good.' 

"That's the focus, the narrow vision that he should have. Because it's not fake (bleep). His stuff is so good that there's no way he should get hit the way he does."

That's really the root of the matter: Why hasn't Syndergaard blossomed from his near ace-like status of a few years ago, when he punctuated a dominant 2016 season by going pitch-for-pitch with Madison Bumgarner in the NL Wild Card game over seven shutout innings?

Injuries caused setbacks in 2017 and '18, but then last season Syndergaard was simply more hittable than he'd ever been. The 4.28 ERA was more than a run higher than his previous worst, but more tellingly, hitters slugged .410 off him, by far the highest such number in his career, as he gave up 37 doubles and 24 home runs. 

Meanwhile, though strikeouts have risen dramatically around the majors since his debut in 2015, Syndergaard's totals have fallen: He averaged 9.2 K's per nine innings last season, down from 10.7 in 2016 and practically pedestrian for someone with his high-90s or 100-mph velocity. 

Scouts and executives I spoke to aren't sure what to make of his inability to dominate more consistently. Part of it is they believe hitters see so much more high-90s velocity now than they did even a few years ago that they're not as intimidated or overmatched by Syndergaard's fastball.

And at least a few of them pointed to analytics, noting that Syndergaard doesn't have a high spin rate on his fastball, which is the science behind pitching effectively above the strike zone, as the spin rate allows the ball to defy gravity and create the perception of so-called late life on the pitch. 

That became a storyline for Syndergaard in 2019, as he began the season saying he was re-committing to the high fastball, at a time when all the launch-angle swinging in the game has made hitters especially vulnerable to it, but found that he couldn't blow the ball past hitters with regularity and eventually went back to relying more heavily on his sinking two-seamer.

The consensus among scouts I spoke with is that he needs to stick with that approach, using the high fastball only occasionally, while also incorporating more off-speed stuff to keep hitters from constantly gearing up for high velocity. 

"His 98 doesn't play up as well some others," said one scout. "He has a very good sinker, he just needs to command it more consistently, and that will allow him to elevate at times when he's ahead in the count.

"The bottom line, for a guy who throws as hard as he does, he shouldn't get whacked on his heater. And he does. That tells me guys are looking for something super-hard at all times, whether it's his fastball or his slider. Even his change-up is 90.

"I'd like to see him throw his curveball more, which is in the low 80s, to create more speed variation. He doesn't have to throw it a ton but more than he does now. He did it when he was younger but I think he's gotten caught up in the velocity."

Another scout added, "I think he's been confused as to why he can't throw the ball by hitters the way he did when he came into the league. He's got the stuff to make the adjustments and be dominant but not if he's in his own head. And that seemed to be a problem last year."

Yes, as Syndergaard essentially admitted last week, he spent last season overthinking his process while lamenting everything from the baseball feeling like an ice cube in his hand to excessive humidity to his lack of comfort pitching to Wilson Ramos. 

Some of that too is what Ojeda meant in saying that Syndergaard, who turns 27 in August, needs to show maturity on and off the mound. 

It's not a surprise that Ojeda was willing to say it publicly. The '86 Met has always been a straight shooter, which is part of what made him an insightful analyst when he worked for SNY, and he considers it merely tough love.

"It's nothing I wouldn't say to his face," Ojeda said. "Listen, I think 100 percent he can be an amazing pitcher," Ojeda said. "He's got a world of talent but it comes down to the mental side. Part of it is he needs to figure out who he is as a pitcher. 

"I'm into the analytics, and the spin rate is a big factor when you're talking about elevating the fastball. But he should be who he is, for his confidence level. It matters what's going on inside his brain, so don't force him to be something just because of analytics. 

"I know from experience if I'm in a place where I'm comfortable with what I'm throwing, I'll execute pitches more successfully. 

"I would try to get him to where he's confident leaning on his two-seamer, and if his mindset is that he wants to throw the ball by hitters, help him understand he can still do that, as long as he's pitching and not throwing. These hitters today can time a jet airplane, but if you set them up, you can throw it by them at 89, never mind the 99 he throws. 

"I still think he'll get there, but it has to start with someone making him understand what's most important. Is he going to be Jeremy Shockey ... or is he going to be like Patrick Mahomes, a kid who's a champion not just because of his talent but because he's mature beyond his years.

"I want to see him be more like Mahomes." 

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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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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.

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With just about all gyms and public fields closed, athletes are doing everything they can to maintain their workout schedule while at home.

By the looks of it, Tim Tebow's home routine is going quite well. 

The Mets minor leaguer posted a series of workout videos and photos to his Instagram account on Wednesday, detailing how he's altered his workouts during baseball's hiatus while working out of what appears to be his garage.

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In the latest episode of Baseball Night in New York: Living Room Edition, the crew discusses Jeff McNeil's 2019 season with the Mets in detail, from his red-hot first half to a much more powerful approach in the second half ...

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In this edition of Beyond the Booth, Gary Cohen, Keith Hernandez, and Ron Darling each give their top three albums of all time. Find out which band all three included on their lists ...

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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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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)

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Major League Baseball and the Players Association are willing to consider just about any idea that will enable them to salvage a piece of the 2020 season, including playing games at neutral sites.

That would seem especially relevant to the Mets and Yankees, who play their home games in a city that has become the country's worst hotspot for coronavirus. But there have not yet been serious discussions about moving New York games to other locations, according to people familiar with MLB's thinking.

As of Thursday morning, New York state had 92,381 confirmed cases of coronavirus discovered with more than 51,809 in New York City. The state had approximately 38 percent of the cases in the entire United States.

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Click below to watch the virtual Mets take on the virtual Nats in game 7 of the Mets' season on MLB The Show 20.

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On Episode 2 of The Cookie Club, Steve Gelbs was joined by Dominic Smith and J.D. Davis to discuss a number of issues, including one that relates to the team's wardrobe. 

Yes, the Mets' black uniforms are very polarizing. You either love them or you hate them, and there seems to be no middle ground. 

But a good number of people want to see the black jerseys brought back, and it sounds like Smith and Davis are 100 percent on board. 

"I mean, the old-school black, that's obvious, like that should already be in the rotation," said Smith. "I say we need to bring back maybe the Los Mets ones, the all-orange. I like the orange unis, those were pretty sick, or even the old school 1986 team, the pinstripes, I mean I like that one too. We need a rotation of like five unis so we can swag out. We need the orange. I even like the camo every Sunday for military appreciation night. We gotta swag it out!"

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On Episode 2 of The Cookie Club with J.D. Davis and Dominic Smith, the guys share their favorite 2019 moments and review Pete Alonso's dancing...

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In the latest episode of Baseball Night in New York: Living Room Edition, the crew plays Rapid Fire for the first time from their own living rooms. Tune in to see how the guys fare in rattling off lists of Mets and Yankees, as well as other MLB notable names ...

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Mets' Pete Alonso (Treated Image by SNY)
Mets' Pete Alonso (Treated Image by SNY)

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The Mets are currently brushing up against the $208 million luxury tax threshold and are perhaps unlikely to reach any extensions with players of their own until they get some salary cap relief.

But that relief should come after the 2020 season, when Yoenis Cespedes, Wilson Ramos, Marcus Stroman, and others are off the books, freeing up tens of millions of dollars in 2021 and beyond.

With the above in mind, and with the goal being to win now and in the future, the Mets would be wise to lay the groundwork for potential extensions for some of the players below, with an eye on striking deals soon after the 2020 season ends...

Tags: Amed Rosario, Brandon Nimmo, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Pete Alonso, Steven Matz, Wilson Ramos, Yoenis Cespedes, Danny Abriano
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See how the Mets fared against the Phillies in Game 6 of the digital season on MLB The Show 20.

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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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