Buck Showalter
Buck Showalter

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The consensus on Buck Showalter as a potential Mets' managerial candidate comes from interviews with scouts, executives, and media members who all know him well, and it is straightforward: his attention to detail, in-game managing, and knack for having his team prepared is all second to none.

But…

He wants to do it his way, which can mean everything from input into personnel decisions to potential clashes over the level of day-to-day front-office involvement that characterized Brodie Van Wagenen's first year as GM. 

Should that scare off the Mets? 

"Not if they want to win," says one executive who has a history with Showalter. "Not to disparage Mickey Callaway, but the players on that team would be in awe of Buck when they see how detailed he is in every way, how he puts them in the best position to win every night. 

"With a team like the Mets that has a lot of pieces in place, a great in-game manager could make a big difference. But there's no way around it -- Brodie is going to have to be willing to take a step back. 

"I'm not saying Buck will be opposed to analytics or anything like that. He's a smart guy who's been attuned to that stuff since his Yankee days 25 years ago. But he's not going to want to be in meetings the day of a game about who should play left field that night, who should hit second, that type of stuff. He doesn't have patience for that."

Indeed, Showalter has a reputation for wanting as much control as possible, especially early in his career. Working for the Yankees, Diamondbacks, and Rangers, his style produced results but his micro-managing eventually wore out his welcome with players as well as the front office.

Over the years, say people who know him, Showalter became smarter especially in dealing with players, making a point of listening to them and involving them in some of his policy-making. 

In Baltimore with the Orioles, for example, he allowed players to take batting practice on the field in shorts and t-shirts on hot days. And while that may seem like a small matter, some saw it as a significant concession for such a staunch traditionalist.

Yet someone close to Buck says whatever he's done to adapt over the years has simply been to stay relevant as a manager, and that he remains every bit the old-school guy who decades ago railed about what a bad look it was for baseball when Ken Griffey Jr. was wearing his hat backwards. 

"He still fights those instincts," was the way one person put it. "He just doesn't let them take over anymore. He's a brilliant guy who recognized times were changing and he had to change with them. I think he does have more patience with players now. 

"And he can be great with his bosses if he respects their smarts and their work ethic. I think that was an issue in Baltimore."

The reference there was to Showalter's relationship with GM Dan Duquette, which multiple people say soured dramatically over the years, at least partly because the manager questioned those very qualities in Duquette.

As a result, sources say Buck pushed for more control over personnel decisions, and even made it clear to others in the organization that he didn't think much of Duquette. 

"If Buck doesn't respect you, he's not going to play along," one person close to the situation said. "I don't think that would be a problem with the Mets, though. From what you hear, nobody works longer or harder than Brodie, and that goes a long way with him.

"But even then, Brodie would have to give up some control if he wants to make that relationship work."



With that in mind, a long-time scout noted that nobody is more hands-on, even running spring training drills, than Showalter. 

"He's secretive about some things," the scout said. "In spring training, we can't get into the ballpark until 11 (a.m.) because he's out there running drills himself that he doesn't want anybody to see. 

"So what would happen if Brodie came to him and said the sports science people, which every team is buying into now, say the players need to be off their feet at times, or spring training workouts should start later so players get more sleep?

"Same thing during the season. The sports science people decide that after so many days Jeff McNeil will get a scheduled day off. Well, if McNeil is swinging a hot bat, there's no way Showalter, or Joe Girardi either, is going to go along with that, where I'm sure a first-time manager is going to get in line with it, just as Mickey Callaway did."

All of this might give Van Wagenen pause. He was involved in decision-making to the point of famously calling from his couch during a game in Arizona to tell his medical staff to make sure Callaway pulled Jacob deGrom out of the game, after the Mets' ace incurred what turned out to be a cramping of his leg muscles. 

So why would he back off for someone like Showalter? The consensus among the people I talked to again was straightforward:

"Because he wants to keep his job," was the way one person close to the situation put it. "This is his hire. He promised the owners he would win right away. He's limited in the moves he can make and the money he can spend on players. 

"The best way to improve his team is to get a strong manager. He has to convince his owners the salary would be money well spent."



Not everyone I talked to loves Showalter's style, but even those people acknowledged he has been one of the best in-game managers in baseball over the years. 

He did have one infamous hiccup, if you will, as Orioles' manager, leaving Zack Britton in the bullpen while losing the Wild Card Game to the Blue Jays in 11 innings in 2016. Britton was the best reliever in baseball that season, and Showalter stuck to something of a traditional strategy, waiting for his team to take a lead before using his closer.

Yet it was hard to believe that such a shrewd manager would let his season slip away without using his best reliever, especially when the game got into extra innings, and he has never really fully explained his reasoning for it. 

Still, baseball people make the point that it took some great managing to get that Orioles' team to 89 wins and the second Wild Card spot.

"I think that was one spot where Buck outsmarted himself," says a scout. "He wanted to squeeze a couple of innings out some other guys and it cost him. But if you watch him handle the bullpen and manipulate games on a daily basis, he's as good as they come."

Showalter has won, at least to a certain level, everywhere he has managed. But he has also been fired, once after taking the Yankees to the playoffs for the first time in 15 years because of George Steinbrenner's rather famous impatience, but other times at least partly because his bosses grew tired of his controlling nature. 

For a Mets' team that desperately wants a winner right now, dealing with those control issues would seem like a small price to pay. 


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First the good news: MLB players will report to spring training even if the owners impose an approximately 50 game schedule. Because of this, people on all sides of the current labor dispute are extremely confident that there will be a 2020 season. 

Here's more good news. MLB might make another financial offer to players after all, according to sources, despite a belief earlier this week that it would not. The negotiation for a new agreement on pay is not over, and it won't necessarily be limited only to back channels.

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With owners giving approval on May 11 to Major League Baseball's proposal to begin the 2020 season amid the coronavirus pandemic, negotiations are now ongoing between the league and Players Association.

The goal is to begin a second spring training of sorts around June 10 and for Opening Day to be around July 1, meaning the league and players have a finite amount of time to reach an agreement.

Here's the latest...

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Shea Stadium

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With MLB and the MLBPA still working to reach an agreement on what would be a drastically shortened 2020 season, this year 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.

While the 2020 season won't be nearly as long as the 1995 season, it will likely be similar in one key aspect -- the potentially expanded playoff field. 

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Sep 23, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Matt Harvey (33) pitches against the Washington Nationals during the third inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Sep 23, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Matt Harvey (33) pitches against the Washington Nationals during the third inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Former Mets pitchers Chris Flexen and Drew Gagnon are among those excelling in the KBO. Could Matt Harvey be next?

According to Jason Lee, Harvey is among three former All-Stars who have expressed interest regarding playing in Korea. 

Joel Sherman of the New York Post confirmed Lee's report, adding that KBO teams have been in touch with Harvey's representatives.

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Major League Baseball does not plan to make another financial offer to the Players Association. The union reiterated on Thursday night that it does not intend to make other concessions.

And yet, there remains a high level of confidence in the industry that not only will baseball be played, but the owners and players will reach a new financial agreement.

The educated guess from one trusted source is that the final deal will call for 65-80 games with a small cut from the full prorated salary but a suspension of the competitive balance tax and qualifying offer. Whether the final agreement takes that exact shape or a different one, it will have enough sweeteners for each side to sell it as a win to both the public and its members.

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See how the Mets fared against the Washington Nationals in Game 62 of the virtual season on MLB The Show 20.

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We've all caught a glimpse of what Gary Cohen, Ron Darling and Keith Hernandez do each night at Citi Field up in the broadcast booth. But what about the stories we don't see or hear about? 

The guys reveal just some of their untold stories in the latest edition of Beyond the Booth...

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During the Mets' run to the 2015 World Series, Daniel Murphy went on an improbable power streak, blasting a combined seven home runs during the NLDS and NLCS.

On the latest Baseball Night in New York: Living Room Edition, Murphy's former teammate, Anthony Recker, explains why those postseason power numbers were surprising in some ways but not in others, while SNY Insider Andy Martino discusses where Murphy's streak ranks among the all-time great individual runs in baseball history.

Tune in to the full episode of BNNY on Thursday night at 7 p.m. on SNY.

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SNY's Gary Cohen, Keith Hernandez and Ron Darling answer questions from fans and also look ahead to how the Mets could be impacted by a shortened 2020 MLB season during Beyond the Booth Live, hosted by Steve Gelbs on Thursdays at 4 p.m.

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Wilson Ramos
Wilson Ramos

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The Mets will have some big decisions to make after the 2020 season, with Marcus Stroman among those set to hit free agency. Yoenis Cespedes will be coming off the books and the team should have plenty of room to add external free agents and/or take on expensive players via trade.

When it comes to Ramos, whether he is a Met beyond 2020 is fully in the hands of the front office. 

The situation with Ramos

The Mets signed Ramos before the 2019 season to a two-year deal that includes a $10 million option (or $1.5 million buyout) for the 2021 season.

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See how the Mets fared against the Houston Astros in Game 61 of the virtual season on MLB The Show 20.

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Jacob deGrom is the obvious favorite to win the 2020 NL Cy Young Award, as he searches for his third straight one to join elite company in the record books. But who is his biggest competition? 

Looking at the latest odds from DraftKings Sportsbook, Max Scherzer and Walker Buehler are his biggest competition. So, in the latest edition of What are the Odds?, the BNNY crew breaks down who deGrom needs to worry about the most whenever this season gets underway...

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Last week I hope you all watched the 1986 World Series Game 6 Watch Party on SNY's Facebook page which featured many of my former teammates. It was truly a brilliant idea to put us all together in a discussion forum as the game unfolded from beginning to end. We were told that we could Zoom in and Zoom out at any time if we needed a break. I didn't plan on watching the entire game, which (as Met fans everywhere will recall) took almost four hours to play.  

But I did.

It was so much fun to virtually "see" my old teammates Santana, Ojeda, Teufel, Elster, McDowell, Darryl, Mitchell, etc. It's been years since I've seen, let alone talked with, most of them. But having all of their faces on my computer screen talking together in real-time was one of the most fulfilling moments in my baseball life.  

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Acquired in a trade with the Atlanta Braves before the 2015 trade deadline, Kelly Johnson proved to be a valuable utility player for the Mets, playing all over the diamond and doing whatever was asked of him by manager Terry Collins.

On Wednesday, Johnson joined the BNNY crew to look back at some of the pivotal moments of the 2015 postseason, including Chase Utley's NLDS slide into Ruben Tejada, Matt Harvey staying in for the ninth inning of Game 5 of the World Series, and more.

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

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MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred
MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred

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Last month, Major League Baseball sent the Players Association a 67-page document proposing health and safety measures for the 2020 season. On May 21, the union responded with suggestions.

While there remain outstanding issues between the league and players on health and safety, people involved in negotiations are highly optimistic that the sides will reach an agreement. This aspect of negotiations has proven less contentious than financial talks, and the players are expected to get much of what they want on health and safety.

An agreement there could help facilitate one on pay. Since MLB signaled its intention on Monday night to launch a shortened season with prorated pay if no new accord is reached, the sides have engaged in limited dialogue, according to sources.

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Jun 21, 2019; Bradenton, FL, USA; Team Howard outfielder Austin Hendrick (12) at bat during the eighth inning at IMG Academy. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Jun 21, 2019; Bradenton, FL, USA; Team Howard outfielder Austin Hendrick (12) at bat during the eighth inning at IMG Academy. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

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When the Mets took Jarred Kelenic at No. 6 in the 2018 MLB Draft, they got an 18-year-old, lefty-hitting center fielder with above average tools on both sides of the ball who was widely viewed as the best high school hitter in the draft.

With the Mets set to pick at No. 19 in the 2020 MLB Draft on June 10, Keith Law of The Athletic's latest mock draft has them taking 18-year-old, lefty-hitting center fielder Austin Hendrick, who -- like Kelenic at the time he was drafted -- has above average tools on both sides of the ball.

"Hendrick has only a couple of landing spots, as he's going to be sophomore-eligible if he goes to Mississippi State and may ask for an over-slot bonus, even though scouts didn't see him play this year," Law writes. "The Mets seem to be hoping for a top high school bat to get to them, with college pitching the fallback."

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Jun 17, 2019; Bradenton, FL, USA; Team Jones catcher Tyler Soderstrom (18) during workouts at IMG Academy. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Jun 17, 2019; Bradenton, FL, USA; Team Jones catcher Tyler Soderstrom (18) during workouts at IMG Academy. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

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Over the last 30 years, the Mets have selected a catcher in the first round of the MLB Draft just once, when they picked Kevin Plawecki at No. 35 overall in 2012.

And the lack of a can't-miss catching prospect in the 2020 MLB Draft might mean that the Mets going for one when they pick at No. 19 is unlikely.

When you look at the Mets' farm system, Francisco Alvarez is a true blue chip catching prospect who profiles as a player who will excel on both sides of the ball. But he likely won't be ready until 2022 at the earliest, and potentially not until 2023.

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Clover Park

Add the Mets to the group of teams that have reopened their spring training facilities for players on a limited basis. 

The state of Florida, like many others, is allowing facilities to open up for sports teams, and the Mets told Newsday's Tim Healey on Tuesday that Clover Park in Port St. Lucie "is available for players who reside locally."

Mets C Wilson Ramos was seen there on Tuesday working out in the gym. 

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See how the Mets fared against the Houston Astros in Game 60 of the virtual season on MLB The Show 20.

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Regardless of what many said after the fact, pretty much everyone watching Game 5 of the 2015 World Series wanted Matt Harvey to come back out for the ninth inning with the Mets leading, 2-0.

From the fans at Citi Field to the fans at home to the media in the press box, the belief was that Harvey should be given a chance to finish what he started.

When Harvey came running back to the mound after talking Terry Collins out of replacing him, the crowd roared. But things fell apart from there.

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New York Mets pitcher Pedro Martinez (45) (STEVE MITCHELL/AP)
New York Mets pitcher Pedro Martinez (45) (STEVE MITCHELL/AP)

Major League Baseball and the Players Association continue to have back-and-forth negotiations, but the clock is ticking toward the "soft deadline" if the goal is still to resume spring training around June 10. 

Pedro Martinez, the Hall-of-Famer who pitched four seasons with the Mets in the mid-2000s, is hopeful that both sides can find a middle ground on some of their differences, particularly when it comes to figuring out players' pay for a shortened season with no fans, so that the game can offer some solace for the fans at home.

"I'm hoping that both sides stop thinking about their own good to start thinking about the fans," Martinez said during an interview with Mike Tirico on NBC Sports' Lunch Talk Live. "I think this is the perfect time to have their baseball teams out there to have the people try to forget about a little bit what's going on. 

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As protests against police brutality and racial injusitce continue in most major cities in the United States, Mets star Pete Alonso posted on Instagram on Tuesday along with the caption #blackouttuesday -- a hashtag many are using on Tuesday in a show of solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement.

Soon after Alonso's post went up, Instagram user @mattenrique77 responded by saying "All Lives Matter" -- a pathetic retort Alonso would have none of.

"Get out of here with that ignorance," Alonso wrote. "Of course everybody's life matters but we're focusing on the wide spread racism in our country right now. The question is, why does the black lives matter movement bother you enough to have to say all lives matter?"

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Owners from all 30 Major League Baseball teams convened on a conference call Monday, according to sources, and reiterated the desire to begin the season. 

If any owner has gotten to the point where he does not see the value in playing a truncated schedule, he did not express that to his colleagues. Add that to the players' consistent stance that they want to play, and there remains the expectation that the 2020 season will be salvaged. 

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Let's start with where we expect this negotiation to end: Major League Baseball and the Players Association will reach an agreement to play roughly 70-80 games, and players will accept a small percentage pay cut.

Additionally, the league will offer further financial incentives like removing the qualifying offer and the competitive balance tax this winter, in order to help kick-start free agency during an offseason of financial hardship. The union will offer deferred salaries.

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With this shortened MLB season slowly coming together, Vegas Sportsbooks haven't missed a beat with projecting winning percentages for 2020. 

As we knew, the NL East was going to be a hard-fought division this season -- shortened or not. With the World Series-champion Nationals not even being the NL East division winner last season (that's the Braves) to go along with the Mets and Phillies, it was bound to be good baseball.

Vegas thinks the same thing with their winning percentages this season. So do you think the Mets will go over or under their projected wins? That's the latest topic on What Are The Odds?

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On the eighth anniversary of Johan Santana pitching the first Mets no-hitter, Mike Baxter and Josh Thole recall their roles from that night.

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May 28, 2016; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets former pitcher Ron Darling 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 pitcher Ron Darling 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)

A judge has thrown out former Met Lenny Dykstra's lawsuit against his former teammate Ron Darling for defamation following the release of Darling's autobiography. 

With the lawsuit put to bed, Daring released an official statement on the matter:

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Apr 3, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; General view of fans outside Citi Field before a game between the New York Mets and the Atlanta Braves. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Apr 3, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; General view of fans outside Citi Field before a game between the New York Mets and the Atlanta Braves. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

With most major cities in the United States protesting police brutality and racial injustice in recent days after the deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor, the Mets released a statement about the situation on Monday:

Queens, NY is one of the most diverse areas in our country. We take pride in our diversity. It is our strength

That is why we denounce all forms of racism and discrimination.

We stand with our state, our city, and community. We hope to be a part of positive change in our society.

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Johan Santana threw the first Mets no-hitter eight years ago today.

After making history, the jubilant Santana addressed his teammates. Watch his full speech above...

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Johan Santana
Johan Santana

It was a night many Mets fans thought they would never see.

On June 1, 2012 at Citi Field in front of 27,069 fans, Johan Santana threw the first no-hitter in franchise history 50 years after the inception of the team.

There had been many near-misses through the years, from Tom Seaver to Rick Reed to Tom Glavine and many in between. But it was Santana -- back on the mound after missing the entire 2011 season due to shoulder surgery -- who did it.

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When the Mets selected hard-throwing RHP Matthew Allan in the third round (89th overall) of the 2019 MLB Draft, they got a first-round talent who SNY contributor and former Mets front office member Adam Fisher referred to at the time as the "linchpin" of their draft.

Allan, who turned 19 years old this past April, dropped out of the first round and all the way to the Mets at No. 89 because of signability concerns. But New York walked a bit of a tightrope when giving out its signing bonuses, and were able to get Allan signed under its alloted bonus pool.

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FILE - In this Sept. 2, 2015, file photo, New York Mets left fielder Michael Cuddyer adjusts his gloves during batting practice before a baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citi Field in New York. Cuddyer is ready to retire after playing 15 seasons in the major leagues. He turns 37 in March and leaves with one season left on a two-year, $21 million contract that he signed with the Mets as a free agent. (AP Photo/Kathy Kmonicek, File) (Kathy Kmonicek/AP)
FILE - In this Sept. 2, 2015, file photo, New York Mets left fielder Michael Cuddyer adjusts his gloves during batting practice before a baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citi Field in New York. Cuddyer is ready to retire after playing 15 seasons in the major leagues. He turns 37 in March and leaves with one season left on a two-year, $21 million contract that he signed with the Mets as a free agent. (AP Photo/Kathy Kmonicek, File) (Kathy Kmonicek/AP)

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A few nights ago, Michael Cuddyer sat in bed and forced himself to watch the entire video, all eight minutes and 43 seconds, that showed a white Minneapolis police officer kill a black man, George Floyd. It took him about four minutes to break down crying.

Cuddyer is an icon in Minnesota, having played 11 seasons for the Twins before leaving for Colorado and New York. He is now back with the team as a member of the front office.

"I forced myself to watch it, because I wanted to feel the empathy and I wanted to see the injustice," Cuddyer said in a phone interview on Sunday. "In the middle of it, I started bawling…I'm not afraid to admit it. I literally was in my bed bawling. Tears falling down my face."

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See how the Mets fared against the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 59 of the virtual season on MLB The Show 20.

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Mets 1B Pete Alonso (Noah K. Murray)
Mets 1B Pete Alonso (Noah K. Murray)

With most major cities in the United States protesting police brutality and racial injustice in recent days after the deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor, Mets first baseman Pete Alonso spoke about the situation on Sunday.

"For the past couple of days, I've struggled to wrap my mind around what's happening," Alonso wrote on Instagram. "I have a voice and I will not remain silent. My heart has been broken over the murder of George Floyd. I will never know what it feels like to be discriminated against because (of) the color of my skin. To anyone who faces this type of discrimination, I will fight for you and be an ally. I will always stand with you. There needs to be justice and change made for the better of humanity. Let words be our sword and unity be our armor. Take care of each other."

Floyd died following his arrest in Minnesota after police officer Derek Chauvin -- who was later arrested and charged with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter -- had his knee on a prone Floyd's neck for roughly nine minutes while Floyd repeatedly said "I can't breathe."

After protests began in and around Minneapolis following the death of Floyd, other protests have taken place in New York City, Los Angeles, Houston, Dallas, Miami, Chicago, Atlanta, Detroit, and elsewhere. 

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Here is the Sports Squared crossword puzzle for Sunday, May 31, called Players Who Played for the Mets and Yankees...

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Marcus Stroman (Jim Rassol)
Marcus Stroman (Jim Rassol)

Protests against police brutality and racial injustice after the deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, and Breonna Taylor have been taking place in cities across the country.

Many professional athletes, both in New York and other cities, have used their platform to either speak out on or join these protests.

"Racism is engrained [sic] in our society/culture and the world seems incapable of change," tweeted Mets starting pitcher Marcus Stroman. "To change the world we must begin with ourselves. Truly look in the mirror and identify if you're part of the problem or the solution. Your true colors will always be revealed!"

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See how the Mets fared against the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 58 of the virtual season on MLB The Show 20.

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New York Mets pitcher Jeurys Familia throws during the eighth inning of Game 1 of the Major League Baseball World Series against the Kansas City Royals Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2015, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum) (Matt Slocum/AP)
New York Mets pitcher Jeurys Familia throws during the eighth inning of Game 1 of the Major League Baseball World Series against the Kansas City Royals Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2015, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum) (Matt Slocum/AP)

The Mets were leading the Kansas City Royals, 4-3, with one out and none on in the bottom of the ninth inning in Game 1 of the 2015 World Series. They were about to secure the win, guaranteeing themselves at least a split before returning to Citi Field for Game 3. And then it happened.

A Jeurys Familia quick pitch was turned around by Alex Gordon, who drove it out of the ballpark. Five innings later, the Mets lost. And the series was turned on its head.

Speaking this week on The Metrospective podcast with Tim Britton and Pete McCarthy, former Mets GM Sandy Alderson lamented the Game 1 loss and Familia's quick pitch.

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See how the Mets fared against the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 57 of the virtual season on MLB The Show 20.

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In a winner-take-all Game 5 of the 2015 NLDS against the Dodgers, Jacob deGrom stepped up in a huge way for the Mets, allowing just two earned runs over six innings of work while striking out seven hitters.

On the latest BNNY: Living Room Edition, the crew discusses how this game helped deGrom take his confidence to the next level and shaped him into the two-time NL Cy Young winner he is today ...

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Matt Harvey
Matt Harvey

Matt Harvey's time with the Mets was complicated, with off the field moments and his Dark Knight persona at times overshadowing what was his utter dominance on the mound when healthy.

Harvey blew past his innings limit in 2015 in his first season after Tommy John surgery (something former teammate David Wright recently lauded him for), underwent thoracic outlet surgery in 2016, and was never the same.

Speaking this week on The Metrospective Podcast with Tim Britton and Pete McCarthy, former Mets GM Sandy Alderson was asked what led to Harvey's downfall.

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The Mets are among teams that have released minor leaguers on Thursday, per The Score's Robert Murray

The Brewers, Nationals and Mariners were also among known teams that have let go some of its prospects. 

Unfortunately, these cuts shouldn't come as a surprise as the coronavirus pandemic hasn't just been wreaking havoc in Major League Baseball, but in Minor League Baseball as well. 

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Daniel Murphy's 2015 postseason run is something Mets fans will never forget. 

After hitting just 14 home runs in the regular season, Murphy became a legend in the postseason, belting seven home runs in a nine-game span, helping the Mets defeat the Dodgers in five games and then sweep the Chicago Cubs to win the NL pennant. 

On the latest Beyond the Booth Live, SNY's Gary Cohen, Ron Darling, and Keith Hernandez looked back on Murphy's meteoric playoff rise. 

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See how the Mets fared against the Philadelphia Phillies in Game 56 of the virtual season on MLB The Show 20.

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Aug 27, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso (20) runs the bases celebrating his solo home run in the fourth inning setting the Mets all time single season home run record against the Chicago Cubs at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)
Aug 27, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso (20) runs the bases celebrating his solo home run in the fourth inning setting the Mets all time single season home run record against the Chicago Cubs at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)

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Mets first baseman Pete Alonso hit 53 homers in 2019 as he shattered the single-season rookie record and led all of the majors. While Alonso is among the favorites to hit the most homers during a shortened 2020 season that could be roughly 82 games, he is not the favorite.

Here are the players with the best odds, per BetMGM:

Tags: Pete Alonso, Danny Abriano
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In the latest edition of Beyond the Booth, Gary, Keith and Ron play "Rapid Replies," where they say the first word that comes to their mind when they hear another. 

What do think when they hear "Shea?" How about "Citi Field?" Check it out...

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SNY's Gary Cohen, Keith Hernandez and Ron Darling answer questions from fans and also look back at the Mets 2015 postseason run during Beyond the Booth Live, hosted by Steve Gelbs on Thursdays at 4 p.m.

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Baseball glove, bat and ball (Treated Image by SNY)
Baseball glove, bat and ball (Treated Image by SNY)

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Following a day of video conferences with other players in leadership positions in the Players Association, Washington Nationals pitcher Max Scherzer held the position that his union would not accept further pay cuts.

"After discussing the latest developments with the rest of the players there's no reason to engage with MLB in any further compensation reductions," Scherzer, a prominent voice in the union, tweeted on Wednesday night.

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Not many MLB players working out in anticipation for whenever the 2020 season gets underway has someone working alongside of them, let alone a teammate. 

Dom Smith and Marcus Stroman have been working out together since the pandemic shut down spring training, and it has given Smith a real good look at what Stroman brings to the rubber every fifth day. 

When his stuff is on, Stroman is one of the hardest pitchers to time and hit with his deceptive delivery techniques that match his array of pitches. On the latest episode of The Cookie Club with J.D. and Dom presented by Insomnia Cookies, Smith discussed what he's been doing with Stroman recently. 

Tags: Dominic Smith, Scott Thompson
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