As 2019 comes to a close, we're reminiscing about the sports moments that affected New York over the past 10 years. So we decided to rank them.

Here are the Top 10 sports moments of this decade...


10) No-Han: Johan Santana throws first no-hitter in Mets history

By: Danny Abriano

When the Mets traded for Johan Santana before the 2008 season, he was supposed to be the missing piece they needed that would help them turn the promise of 2006 and collapse of 2007 into a World Series title in 2008.

While the above didn't happen, Santana's no-no in June of 2012 -- with Gary Cohen punctuating it by exclaiming "It has happened!" -- is one of the most memorable moments in Mets history. And it was fitting that it was Santana who did it after he missed the entire 2011 season due to injury and fought back.

With pitching royalty such as Tom Seaver, Dwight Gooden, and Pedro Martinez having donned the orange and blue, it was insane that no Met had thrown a no-hitter until Santana pulled it off. But as anyone who lives and breathes baseball knows, it takes a little luck for it to happen.

I'd like to also take this time to debunk a false narrative. The no-hitter (and 134 pitches it took to get it) did not derail Santana's career. He was just fine in his starts following that gem until suffering an ankle injury that ended his season.

9) The Decision: LeBron James chooses Heat over Knicks

By: Alex Smith

"I'm gonna take my talents to South Beach and join the Miami Heat."

With the sports world watching, LeBron James announced his decision to leave his hometown Cleveland Cavaliers and join Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh and the Heat.

Like most of the items on this list, it's one of those times that you remember exactly where you were when LeBron ended his first run with the Cavs, the team that had selected him first overall, directly out of high school.

There were plenty of teams interested, with the Bulls, Clippers, and Nets among the possibilities, but many Knicks fans were convinced that LeBron would head for the bright lights of Broadway and become the megastar they needed to return to NBA glory.

Instead, James went to Miami, won two championships, came back to Cleveland and won another, and is now hoping to do the same with the Lakers that he could have done with the Knicks in the early 2010s -- win a title and bring one of the NBA's most notable franchises back to the top of the heap.

Meanwhile, since 2010, the Knicks have made the playoffs just three times (none since 2013), and have won just one playoff series. Oh, what could have been.

8) A-Roid: Alex Rodriguez suspended for 2014 season for PED use

By: Scott Thompson

The Biogenesis scandal. If you've paid attention to baseball even a little, you know exactly why this moment has to be on our list. 

Alex Rodriguez became the face of this dark moment in MLB history, as he was handed a 211-game ban -- the largest ever given out to a player -- for using performance-enhancing drugs under the administration of the clinic's founder in Anthony Bosch. Rodriguez wasn't the only player to be suspended -- Brewers MVP OF Ryan Braun was among the 13 players -- but his suspension was by far the biggest. Braun also received 65 games while the others got docked 50 games. 

Rodriguez would appeal the ruling, but to no avail. In turn, he missed the entire 2014 season, and his MLB legacy would be tarnished forever. That "A-Roid" nickname followed him until he officially called it quits in 2016 at age 40.

A-Rod has since cleaned up his public image, and has been doing well as a broadcaster in his post-playing days.

7) Hello, Melo: Knicks land Carmelo Anthony in blockbuster trade

By: Scott Thompson

Carmelo Anthony, already a three-time All-Star and recognized as one of the best scorers in the game, was on the trade block with the Nuggets during the 2010-11 NBA season. Many teams were interested in landing Melo, but the Knicks were at the top of the pack. 

Then, they gave Denver an offer it couldn't refuse. 

The package went like this: Anthony, Chauncey Billups, Shelden Williams, Anthony Carter and Renaldo Balkman for Wilson Chandler, Raymond Felton, Danilo Gallinari, Timofey Mozgov and a 2014 first-round pick among other cash and draft pick considerations. 

New York thought this was the turning point for the franchise that hadn't won an NBA title since 1973. Anthony was the man they needed leading the charge. 

However, the Knicks dysfunction continued to run its course, and they only were able to win one NBA playoff series during his time in New York. Through seven seasons, Anthony would average 24.7 points, seven rebounds and 3.2 assists while shooting 44.3 percent from the field in 412 career games. His time in the Big Apple would eventually end in more dysfunction with Phil Jackson finally granting his wish of a trade, which sent him to the Thunder during the 2017-18 season. 

6) Butt Ugly: Mark Sanchez' gaffe headlines awful loss to Patriots on Thanksgiving

By: Alex Smith

The third NFL game on Thanksgiving might be an afterthought for some, as most people end up napping through most of it in a post-dinner food coma. But in 2012, the Jets hosted the Patriots at MetLife Stadium in primetime, and gave the world perhaps the most disastrous play in the history of the NFL.

Already trailing the Pats 14-0 with about nine minutes to go in the second quarter, the Jets lined up in an I-formation. Mark Sanchez dropped back and looked to hand the ball off, but both backs had already sprinted out in different directions. It was a broken play, so Sanchez tried to make the most of it, sprinting back toward the line of scrimmage.

Well... you know the rest.

Sanchez ran directly into the rear end of offensive lineman Brandon Moore, the ball came loose, and Patriots safety Steve Gregory picked it up and ran it back for a touchdown.

The Patriots went on to destroy the Jets 49-19 that night, and while the game eventually came to an end, the Butt Fumble will endure forever.

5) Linsanity! Jeremy Lin's incredible play spurs Knicks

By: Alex Smith

As the only non-New York area native among this trio of writers, I saw many of these moments from afar.

But I happened to be a spry college junior in the Bronx when a sweeping case of Linsanity hit New York. It felt like it was basically overnight that the name Jeremy Lin went from meaning nothing to meaning everything in the New York sports world. 

Lin was signed by the Knicks in late December 2011, but he didn't suit up for the majority of his first 21 games with the team. He got a brief six-minute run against the Celtics on Feb. 3, but Linsanity truly began on Feb. 4, when the Knicks hosted the Nets. Lin checked in midway through the second quarter and instantly started lighting up the scoreboard and electrifying the MSG crowd. He finished the night with 25 points and seven assists in 35 minutes.

That began a 10-game span in which Lin scored at least 20 points nine times. Inserted into the starting lineup, Lin led the Knicks to seven straight wins, including a seven-point victory over Kobe Bryant and the Lakers at the Garden, a game in which Lin dropped 38 points to go along with seven assists. In Lin's 12 starts prior to that year's All-Star Game, the Harvard grad averaged 22.5 and 8.7 assists per game, leading the Knicks to nine wins during the stretch.

But Linsanity eventually fizzled out, which reportedly had a lot to do with Carmelo Anthony returning from injury and wanting the offense to run through him. Though many thought the Knicks would bring Lin back at the end of the year, the Houston Rockets offered him a three-year contract worth $25 million, which the Knicks declined to match, ending Lin's run in the Big Apple.

4) The Catch: Odell Beckham Jr.'s propels him to national stage

By: Scott Thompson

This was one of those moments when you remember exactly where you were and what you were doing when it happened. For me, it was waiting tables at my local pizza spot, and a catastrophe almost went down because I was so in awe of what I witnessed on the big screen in the dining room. 

In 2014 while I was carrying two pizzas, I witnessed Eli Manning launch a ball down the right sideline to Beckham with Cowboys DB Brandon Carr draped all over him. The jersey pull from Carr throws Beckham off balance, but he still has the ball in his sights. 

He, then, proceeds to reach behind his head and haul in the football with what instant replay revealed to be just three fingers and fall into the end zone for a touchdown. Like...what? 

That was my exact reaction, and in that moment, forgot I was holding the two pizzas and almost dropped them. So forget a jaw-dropping catch. If you remember where you were when Beckham vaulted himself into superstardom with the greatest catch Cris Collinsworth, Al Michaels, and the rest of the world had ever seen, you probably dropped whatever you were holding, too. 

3) Captain 3,000: Derek Jeter records his 3,000th career hit in style

By: Scott Thompson

Jeter has always had a flare for the dramatic, and you just had that gut feeling that his 3,000th career hit wasn't going to be a dribbler down the third base line that he beats out to first. 

No, this career moment was one that fit Jeter's Hall of Fame career. 

After collecting hit No. 2,999 on a single in the first inning off Rays LHP David Price during their July bout at Yankee Stadium in 2011, the big lefty hung a slider over the middle of the plate in Jeter's next at-bat and he put a fine swing on it. When Jeter tossed the bat toward the Yankee dugout and stared it down, you knew it was going out.

The camera turned and the ball continued to travel, eventually finding its way into a flower bed. The crowd went wild as Jeter rounded the bases, with Rays players tipping their cap to The Captain. Jeter was met at home plate by Jorge Posada, who embraced him with a big hug. The rest of the team followed, and Jeter paid respects to the crowd, still on its feet cheering with a memorable curtain call. 

Jeter would go on to collect three more hits, going 5-for-5 with the game-winning RBI in the bottom of the eighth that afternoon as well. Have a day, Jeet.

2) Amazin': Mets sweep Cubs to advance to 2015 World Series

By: Danny Abriano

Before the Mets dealt for Yoenis Cespedes at the 2015 trade deadline, they were plodding along. After they got him, they caught fire. And that they didn't ride that wave -- including Matt Harvey, Jacob deGrom, and Noah Syndergaard at the height of their powers -- all the way to a World Series title was both painful and surprising.

But the happy stuff first.

Cespedes and the Mets took down the Nationals to win the NL East, including a late-season sweep in Washington, D.C. to cement things. They took the Dodgers out in the NLDS in five games after Chase Utley's illegal "slide" led to Los Angeles stealing Game 2. In the NLCS, Daniel Murphy and the Mets' pitching staff ensured the Cubs had no chance as they were swept. And then came the World Series.

The Mets should've had Game 1 in Kansas City, but let it slip away. They should've had Games 4 and 5 at Citi Field and let those slip away, too. Amidst the bitterness of defeat, though, was David Wright's home run in Game 3 at Citi Field -- a moment when the new place sounded like the old place. That the 2015 season didn't end with a third World Series title in Queens will always hurt, but what a ride it was. 

1) Super Again! Giants upset the Patriots once more in Super Bowl XLVI

By: Scott Thompson

The road to Super Bowl XLVI was a tough one for the Giants, but they are no strangers to needing to win games on the road after their miraculous Super Bowl XLII run that ended in a win over the Patriots. 

New York won the NFC East at 9-7, and began its journey with the Falcons in the Wild Card Game at home. That was an easy 24-2 victory, but the challenges would unfold with the Packers on the schedule next.

It was a frozen tundra in Green Bay, but the Giants had a statement 37-20 win in the end. The last step in the NFC was against the 49ers in San Francisco. An overtime muffed punt by Niners return man Kyle Williams set the Giants up for Lawrence Tynes to punch his team's ticket to the Super Bowl in Indianapolis.

And, of course, the Patriots would be waiting for them there, seeking revenge for the Giants ruining their perfect season the last time they saw each other in the championship game. 

It was the Giants striking the first blow, with Tom Brady having a brain fart and throwing the ball to No Man's Land while he was in the end zone. It was ruled intentional grounding thus giving the Giants two points on a safety. Victor Cruz would then make it 9-0 after his touchdown grab, but Brady would charge down the field at the end of the first half in a 9-3 game and give his team the lead with a touchdown. 

Fast forward now to the fourth quarter: the Pats are up 17-15 and the Giants are deep in their own zone with less than four minutes to go. The play of the game ensued when Eli Manning launched a ball down the left sideline into a sliver of daylight for Mario Manningham to catch it and keep two feet in. A few plays later Ahmad Bradshaw would literally sit in the end zone to give the Giants at 21-17 lead. 

Still, Brady had some time to work with before the game ended, but the Pats needed a touchdown for the victory. Brady would get his offense down the field enough for a final Hail Mary, but Rob Gronkowski couldn't haul in the deflection and the Giants stunned New England once again on the biggest stage in football. 

Manning is also your Super Bowl MVP once again after showing his late-game leadership. As we come to the end of this decade, it's also the end of an era for Manning moments like this. 

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Mets second baseman Robinson Cano suited up for his first Grapefruit League game of the season on Friday against the St. Louis Cardinals, as he drew a walk in his first at-bat and finished the game 0-for-1.

During the game, Cano spoke with SNY's Steve Gelbs in the dugout about his offseason workout routine and what's it like being a mentor to younger players on the team.

"I just have to focus more this year on my legs," Cano said. "This offseason that's something that I did... It feels good today, it's good to be back."

 

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During Friday's game against the St. Louis Cardinals, SNY's Steve Gelbs caught up with Mets center fielder Brandon Nimmo.

Nimmo's name has been in the headlines the last few days, as he was scratched from Wednesday's lineup for additional cardiac screening. 

But all of the tests came back just fine, and Nimmo said in the clubhouse before Friday's game that he has "a little bit larger heart," a quote that Gelbs asked Nimmo about during the game.

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Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen (Charles LeClaire)
Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen (Charles LeClaire)

On Friday afternoon, Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen joined the Joe & Evan show on WFAN to discuss everything from hiring Luis Rojas to Yoenis Cespedes' progression this offseason.

The pair asked Van Wagenen what made Rojas (and Carlos Beltran) the right fit to manage the Mets.

"There was something we were looking for specifically for this club," Van Wagenen said. "We wanted a guy that could clearly be a players' first manager, somebody that could walk into our clubhouse and connect with the guys, be able to cross cultural lines with our clubhouse, be able to connect with the veterans, be able to connect with the young guys, the American kids, the international guys. And we felt like Carlos, and now Luis were the right fits."

Tags: Dellin Betances, James Paxton, Luis Severino, Steven Matz, Yoenis Cespedes
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Infield prospect Andres Gimenez blasted a solo homer to right field to break a 2-2 tie in the eighth inning as the Mets beat the Cardinals, 3-2, on Friday afternoon at Clover Park in Port St. Lucie. >> Box Score


5 things to know about Friday's game...

1) Brandon Nimmo returned to the lineup after missing two games to undergo cardiac tests (he's fine). Nimmo got the start in center field, singled in his first at-bat, and finished 1-for-2 with a run scored.

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In his latest mailbag, MetsBlog's Matthew Cerrone answers questions about Jacob deGrom, Edwin Diaz, Steven Matz, and what the Mets' bullpen could look like on Opening Day...


Why are the Mets and Jacob deGrom working to add a new pitch to his repertoire? It seems he's been doing pretty good without it. ~ Anthony M through Facebook.

I though the same thing, Anthony.

To be clear, though, deGrom is not adding a brand new pitch. He's simply working to perfect a backdoor slider (deGrom threw his slider over 31 percent of the time in 2019).

Tags: Dellin Betances, Edwin Diaz, Jacob deGrom, Jeurys Familia, Justin Wilson, Noah Syndergaard, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Steven Matz, Matthew Cerrone
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Angels pitching coach Mickey Callaway (Joe Camporeale)
Angels pitching coach Mickey Callaway (Joe Camporeale)

Former Mets manager Mickey Callaway, now the pitching coach for the Angels, recently spoke with Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic about the hire of Luis Rojas as the team's new manager.

"He's going to do just fine," Callaway told Rosenthal. "He's very prepared. Great baseball mind.

"Managing and coaching in the minor leagues is nothing like managing in the major leagues, but he has the familiarity with the players on his side. He's not going to have to sit there for half a season and get to know what makes these guys tick. That's going to be so valuable to him."

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The Mets and Cardinals got things going early in their Friday afternoon matchup, each scoring a run in the first inning.

After Marcus Stroman gave up a solo home run to Paul Goldschmidt in the top of the first, the Mets found themselves in a two on,-two out situation in the bottom frame.

With Brandon Nimmo at second after singling to right and Robinson Cano at first after a walk, Dominic Smith hit a line drive perfectly in between the first and second basemen into right field, and it was enough to bring Nimmo home to tie up the score.

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Mets outfielder Brandon Nimmo, who has been out since Wednesday due to a battery of cardiac tests, has been cleared and is back in the lineup on Friday against the Cardinals.

Before Friday's game, Nimmo explained what led to the tests and what the outcome was.

"They got a report from the cardiologist that they would just like to look at something that had gone on with the physical that we did," Nimmo said. "So I was not allowed to go onto the field for that game. And we just went back and ran some tests, but the tests take 24 hours. So that time I went to get the test done -- the first one -- and then I had to wear a wearable device for 24 hours and then go and get a stress test done. I passed the stress test last night, and everything is good to go."

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Sep 17, 2019; Denver, CO, USA; New York Mets center fielder Brandon Nimmo (9) rounds the bases on a solo home run in the sixth inning against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports (Isaiah J. Downing)
Sep 17, 2019; Denver, CO, USA; New York Mets center fielder Brandon Nimmo (9) rounds the bases on a solo home run in the sixth inning against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports (Isaiah J. Downing)

Brandon Nimmo returns to the lineup as the Mets take on the St. Louis Cardinals at Clover Park in Port St. Luice, Fla. on Friday at 1 p.m.

Mets notes

Robinson Cano will make his spring debut for the Mets. Marcus Stroman will take the mound again, while Tim Tebow goes back to left field and the bottom of the lineup.

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Mets manager Luis Rojas at spring training
Mets manager Luis Rojas at spring training

Mets Spring Training is in full swing in Port St. Lucie. Here's what happened Thursday, in case you missed it...


After a few days of cardiac-related screenings, Brandon Nimmo has been cleared to resume baseball activities >> Read more

Rick Porcello tossed two scoreless innings as a Mets team of mostly minor leaguers lost to the Marlins on Thursday >> Read more

The Mets have reportedly checked in on veteran free agent catcher Russell Martin >> Read more

Tags: Amed Rosario, Brandon Nimmo, Edwin Diaz, Seth Lugo, Danny Abriano
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October 6, 2019; Washington, DC, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers catcher Russell Martin (55) celebrates after hitting a two-run home run in the ninth inning against the Washington Nationals in game three of the 2019 NLDS playoff baseball series at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports (Tommy Gilligan)
October 6, 2019; Washington, DC, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers catcher Russell Martin (55) celebrates after hitting a two-run home run in the ninth inning against the Washington Nationals in game three of the 2019 NLDS playoff baseball series at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports (Tommy Gilligan)

The Mets are reportedly entertaining the idea of adding another veteran catcher to the roster.

According to a report from MLB Network's Jon Heyman, the Mets are among the group of teams to have "checked in" on 37-year-old free agent Russell Martin.

Heyman also lists the Oakland A's among the teams interested in Martin, whom Heyman says has turned down other offers to do what's best for his family.

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The Mets got a clean pair of innings from Rick Porcello before ultimately falling to the Marlins 3-1 on Thursday night. >> Box Score

5 things to know from Thursday's game...

1) After pitching just one inning in his spring training debut, Rick Porcello pitched two scoreless innings on Thursday. After striking out Brian Anderson for the second out in the first inning, Porcello allowed back-to-back singles to Corey Dickerson and Jesus Aguilar, but he was able to get Garrett Cooper to ground into a force play to end the inning. Porcello then pitched a perfect second inning, forcing two ground-outs and striking out Ryan Lavarnway to end the inning. 

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After being scratched from Wednesday's Mets lineup due to additional cardiac screening, center fielder Brandon Nimmo has been cleared for baseball activities, per general manager Brodie Van Wagenen.

Van Wagenen spoke with reporters in Jupiter, Fla. during the early innings of Thursday's game against the Miami Marlins, and while he wouldn't get into the specifics of the tests, he said that everything was strictly precautionary.

"Just wanted to follow up on the news from Brandon yesterday, make sure I give everybody the good report that Brandon is doing well. All the tests came back in a good fashion. He's been cleared for baseball activities, so he'll be resuming his work tomorrow back in Port St. Lucie and we're ready to get him back.

"We're always looking to be pre-cautious. We never want to put players in harm's way, and I think this was a perfect example of that."

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 (Jim Rassol)
(Jim Rassol)

Rick Porcello makes his second spring training appearance as the Mets take on the Miami Marlins in Jupiter, Fla. on Thursday night at 7:05 PM.

Mets notes

Brandon Nimmo is once again not in the lineup, as he contiues to go through cardiac screening. Matt Adams was scheduled to play first base, but he was a late scratch from the lineup.

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Sep 29, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets center fielder Brandon Nimmo (9) at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)
Sep 29, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets center fielder Brandon Nimmo (9) at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)

Brandon Nimmo's late scratch from the Mets' lineup on Wednesday due to a cardiac screening caused many to raise an eyebrow, but the report that came out Thursday saying he had another cardiac-related appointment set up for Thursday was cause for concern. 

Well, Nimmo's wife, Chelsea Jane, wants everyone to calm down. 

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Mets shortstop Amed Rosario (Treated Image by SNY)
Mets shortstop Amed Rosario (Treated Image by SNY)

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Amed Rosario's strong second half convinced the Mets to scrap any notion of experimenting with him in center field, but it hasn't quite convinced scouts of his long-term viability at shortstop -- especially with a couple of top prospects in the organization.

As such the 2020 season seems to loom as crucial for Rosario's future in Queens. 

After all, in Andres Gimenez and Ronny Mauricio, the Mets have two young shortstops ranked in the Top 100 prospects lists by MLBPipeline.com, Baseball America, and Keith Law/The Athletic. And Gimenez is getting close, likely to start the season in Triple-A. 

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Jul 21, 2019; San Francisco, CA, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Seth Lugo (67) pitches the ball against the San Francisco Giants during the eighth inning at Oracle Park. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports (Kelley L Cox)
Jul 21, 2019; San Francisco, CA, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Seth Lugo (67) pitches the ball against the San Francisco Giants during the eighth inning at Oracle Park. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports (Kelley L Cox)

Seth Lugo hit a small roadblock in his spring training development when he suffered a small fracture in his pinky toe after banging it on something in his hotel room. But, after just five days from the initial diagnosis, Lugo was already back to work -- and that hasn't stopped. 

According to Newsday's Tim Healey, Lugo completed some fielding drills on Thursday, and is set to throw a live batting practice session on Sunday. 

That's what the Mets want to see from Lugo, who is going to be a crucial part of their pitching staff this season, no matter where he's featured. Lugo mentioned over the weekend that the fracture doesn't affect the way he's been pitching. 

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Mets reliever Edwin Diaz
Mets reliever Edwin Diaz

Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter |

It can be hard when watching meaningless baseball to not react strongly to a good or bad performance. Despite the outcome of the game meaning nothing and the fact that the players involved in that meaningless game are working on things, stifling fandom and not overreacting one way or the other is not natural.

That takes us to Edwin Diaz and what went down on Wednesday in Port St. Lucie.

Diaz, fresh off a disastrous 2019 season, made his spring training debut and the results of his one inning mirrored the innings he turned in on many occasions last season.

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A general view at Mets spring training
A general view at Mets spring training

Mets Spring Training is in full swing in Port St. Lucie. Here's what happened Wednesday, in case you missed it...


The Mets got good news on injured J.D. Davis after the MRI on his shoulder revealed no new structural damage >> Read more

Edwin Diaz reacted after his uneven debut, saying he was "a little bit anxious" >> Read more

After his spring training debut, Noah Syndergaard spoke about the connection he had with Wilson Ramos >> Read more

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Edwin Diaz, JD Davis, Noah Syndergaard, Tim Tebow, Wilson Ramos, Danny Abriano
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The Astros' electronic sign-stealing scandal rocked MLB right before the 2020 season, with the league's Jan. 13 investigative report revealing that Houston used a live-feed center-field camera in 2017 and at least part of '18.

As teams like the Mets and Yankees prepare for their return to the diamond in the spring, they naturally have a guard up with preventing sign stealing from runners on second base.

Breaking down examples on Wednesday's Baseball Night in New York, SNY's Anthony Recker and Todd Zeile explained to Doug Williams and Andy Martino how pitchers and catchers keep opposing teams guessing by mixing things up.

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Feb 24, 2020; West Palm Beach, Florida, USA; New York Mets outfielder Tim Tebow flies out to left field in the ninth inning against the Washington Nationals at FITTEAM Ballpark of the Palm Beaches. Mandatory Credit: Jim Rassol-USA TODAY Sports  (Jim Rassol)
Feb 24, 2020; West Palm Beach, Florida, USA; New York Mets outfielder Tim Tebow flies out to left field in the ninth inning against the Washington Nationals at FITTEAM Ballpark of the Palm Beaches. Mandatory Credit: Jim Rassol-USA TODAY Sports (Jim Rassol)

Tim Tebow is set to play for Team Philippines in the Qualifying Round of the 2021 World Baseball Classic, the premier international baseball tournament announced Wednesday.

The 32-year-old LF/DH, who has been with the Mets since New York signed him to a minor-league contract in September 2016, joins the Philippines squad next month.

The Philippines' qualifiers for Pool 2 run from March 20-25 at Kino Sports Complex in Tucson, Arizona, with five other teams -- Czech Republic, Great Britain, New Zealand, Panama and Spain.

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The Mets got a good start from Noah Syndergaard, but a shaky Edwin Diaz outing ultimately led to a 4-2 loss to the Houston Astros on Wednesday in Port. St. Lucie. >> Box Score

5 things to know from Wednesday's game...

1) Noah Syndergaard had exactly the kind of performance Mets fans were hoping to see. After an up-and-down 2019 campaign, Syndergaard pitched two scoreless innings in his 2020 spring debut. He allowed one hit and struck out two batters, showcasing that nasty slider that seemed to avoid him for large stretches of last season. 

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Edwin Diaz, Jeff McNeil, Noah Syndergaard, Pete Alonso
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Noah Syndergaard got his first start on the mound in Port St. Lucie on Wednesday against the Astros, and there were two main focuses heading into it: his connection with Wilson Ramos and his slider.

Both were positives after the short, two-inning outing. 

Starting with Ramos, manager Luis Rojas said that Syndergaard and the Mets' top catcher would be working to improve their chemistry after last season when Syndergaard was open with management about not trusting him behind the plate. Ramos admitted that he was working on his framing this spring as well, one of the areas Syndergaard reportedly didn't like. 

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Edwin Diaz had an uneven spring training debut, allowing two runs on three hits while striking out one and walking none in his only inning of work while also flashing a swing-and-miss slider and hitting 98 mph with his fastball.

"I felt good out there," Diaz said after the game through the Mets' translator. "A little bit anxious because it was the first time being out there in a real game and facing real batters. But other than that I felt really good."

After allowing a ground ball single and run-scoring double to Aledmys Diaz to start his outing, Diaz struck out Kyle Tucker swinging with a down-and-in slider before inducing a fly out to right field. Diaz then allowed a run-scoring double down the line before ending his outing by getting a soft ground ball back to the mound.

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Brandon Nimmo (Jim Rassol)
Brandon Nimmo (Jim Rassol)

Mets manager Luis Rojas said after Wednesday's game that he isn't concerned about Brandon Nimmo in the wake of a cardiac screening that resulted in his being scratched from the lineup. 

Rojas referred to the screening as "precautionary," according to Anthony DiComo of MLB.com, adding that he wasn't sure what caused the additional tests. 

The Mets said earlier Wednesday that Nimmo had been scratched in order to receive "additional cardiac screening."

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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)

One month away from the regular season with the March 26 game against the Nationals at Citi Field, the Mets' quest for an NL East Division crown -- and, ultimately, the NL pennant -- is fast approaching.

As the countdown to Opening Day continues, opening odds are out for the Mets and both pursuits, via BetOnline.ag.

The Mets are 11/4 to win the NL East and 8/1 to win the NL. They each rank third in their respective categories.

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Hall-of-Famer Mike Piazza arrived at spring training on Wednesday and (among other things) spoke about the Mets ownership situation.

"These deals are complicated," Piazza said. "I think Mets fans -- rightly -- should be interested, obviously (in) the future of the team. The team had a very good second half last year. I was able to talk to Luis (Rojas) this morning. I think they're in good hands. I think it's a very difficult division."

When it comes to how the uncertainty might impact the players, Piazza didn't seem concerned.

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Mets INF/OF J.D. Davis had an MRI on his injured left shoulder that did not reveal "a ton of inflammation" or "new structural damage," and will begin rehabbing on Wednesday, GM Brodie Van Wagenen said.

"It sounds like we're in a pretty good spot with it overall," Van Wagenen added, noting that the MRI did reveal what looked like an old labrum injury.

While Davis will begin rehabbing immediately, he will refrain from baseball activity for a week before being reevaluated.

Davis spoke roughly an hour after Van Wagenen, saying he was relieved that the damage revealed by the MRI was old.

Tags: JD Davis, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Yoenis Cespedes, Danny Abriano
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Feb 16, 2020; Port St. Lucie, Florida, USA; New York Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard warms-up during a workout at spring training. Mandatory Credit: Jim Rassol-USA TODAY Sports (Jim Rassol)
Feb 16, 2020; Port St. Lucie, Florida, USA; New York Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard warms-up during a workout at spring training. Mandatory Credit: Jim Rassol-USA TODAY Sports (Jim Rassol)

Noah Syndergaard gets the ball for the first time this spring, as the Mets host the Astros at Clover Park in Port St. Lucie at 1:10 p.m. on SNY Wednesday. 

Mets notes

After Syndergaard, Edwin Diaz is lined up to be one of the pitchers to go for the Mets. Justin Wilson will also get the ball, along with Tyler Bashlor

Tags: Edwin Diaz, Noah Syndergaard, Scott Thompson
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Mets RHP Michael Wacha (Reinhold Matay)
Mets RHP Michael Wacha (Reinhold Matay)

Mets Spring Training is in full swing in Port St. Lucie. Here's what happened Tuesday, in case you missed it...


J.D. Davis injured his left shoulder while diving for a ball at third base and will undergo an MRI on Wednesday >> Read more

Michael Wacha weighed in on the potential that the Mets could go with an outside the box solution to fill the No. 5 slot in the rotation >> Read more

Scouts and execs weighed in on how Seth Lugo could impact the Mets' 2020 season >> Read more

Tags: Jacob deGrom, JD Davis, Seth Lugo, Tim Tebow, Yoenis Cespedes, Danny Abriano
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Feb 18, 2020; Port St. Lucie, Florida, USA; New York Mets pitcher Jacob deGrom warms-up before workouts at spring training. Mandatory Credit: Jim Rassol-USA TODAY Sports (Jim Rassol)
Feb 18, 2020; Port St. Lucie, Florida, USA; New York Mets pitcher Jacob deGrom warms-up before workouts at spring training. Mandatory Credit: Jim Rassol-USA TODAY Sports (Jim Rassol)

New York City should expect some hardware to arrive in the next few months, as both Mets pitcher Jacob deGrom and Yankees new ace Gerrit Cole are the favorites to bring home the Cy Young awards in their respective leagues this season.

William Hill sportsbook has both deGrom and Cole as 3/1 favorites to win the award in 2020.

"DeGrom has won two Cy Youngs in a row and is in his prime, and Cole is coming off of one of the greatest pitching years of all time," said Nick Bogdanovich, William Hill's director of trading, according to The Post.

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard, Steven Matz
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The Mets fell to the Detroit Tigers 9-6 on Tuesday afternoon in Lakeland, Fla., but the loss did not come without some fireworks.

As part of a four-run top of the sixth inning, the Mets launched a pair of home runs, including a two-run blast from Tim Tebow, his first hit of 2020 first spring.

Tebow's opposite-field home run was also his first extra-base hit with the Mets in four years of spring training appearances. Tebow certainly possesses a fair amount of power, as even though he didn't hit for a high average with Triple-A Syracuse last season, he did hit four home runs.

Check out the full highlights from Tuesday's game, including Michael Wacha's spring debut, and more …

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The Mets were playing in Lakeland against the Tigers on Tuesday, but Jacob deGrom was still in Port St. Lucie putting in work on the mound.

DeGrom threw two simulated innings, and all went well for the Mets' ace as he threw to big league hitters like Brandon Nimmo and Amed Rosario. He said after the session that his fastball felt great, but his secondary pitches still needed some work.

"Through most of my camps, fastball command is good early on and it's just getting offspeed where I want it. So that's going to be the main work heading into Opening Day," he said. 

Tags: Amed Rosario, Brandon Nimmo, Jacob deGrom, Scott Thompson
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Mets' Seth Lugo (Treated Image by SNY)
Mets' Seth Lugo (Treated Image by SNY)

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All eyes may be on Edwin Diaz in spring training, as a return to dominance by the young closer is widely considered crucial to the Mets' hopes of winning the NL East. But is he really the key to bullpen success in 2020? 

Or is it Seth Lugo?

Tags: Edwin Diaz, Jeurys Familia, Seth Lugo, John Harper
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After a couple lopsided innings, the Mets fell to the Tigers, 9-6, in Lakeland, Fla. on Tuesday. >> Box Score

5 things to know from Tuesday's game...

1) Michael Wacha got his first start of the spring, and pitched well in his two innings on the rubber. He allowed one hit and two walks, but struck out two and didn't allow a run over that span. The radar gun had him topping out around 96 mph, which he said after the game is a "good sign."

Tags: JD Davis, Scott Thompson
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May 8, 2019; San Diego, CA, USA; New York Mets third baseman J.D. Davis (28) throws to first base on a ground out by San Diego Padres left fielder Hunter Renfroe (not pictured) during the fourth inning at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports (Orlando Ramirez)
May 8, 2019; San Diego, CA, USA; New York Mets third baseman J.D. Davis (28) throws to first base on a ground out by San Diego Padres left fielder Hunter Renfroe (not pictured) during the fourth inning at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports (Orlando Ramirez)

Mets INF/OF J.D. Davis left Tuesday's spring training game against the Tigers in the fifth inning after diving for a ball at third base.

Afterward, Davis stayed down for a few minutes before getting up and departing the game.

Davis was evaluated after the game and initial tests said there was nothing wrong, but an MRI on Wednesday will confirm that.

Tags: JD Davis, Danny Abriano
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Michael Wacha
Michael Wacha

The Mets are "internally discussing" the option of not going with a set five-man rotation when the season starts, according to The Post's Joel Sherman. In fact, the fifth starter may not even be a thing at all. 

One player gunning for that spot is Michael Wacha, who took the mound for his first spring training start Tuesday against the Tigers. He pitched well over his two innings of work, but the main question after his performance was about the report -- something he wasn't aware of and, frankly, didn't really care about. 

"I didn't read anything like that and they have mentioned anything like that," he said. "My focus right now is going out here today, doing what I can out there and competing. Then, control those five days in between my next start, get those mechanics where I need them to be, make those adjustments I wish I would've made out there going into this next one. But I just try not to worry too much about what others are saying."

Tags: Steven Matz, Scott Thompson
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Mets OF Yoenis Cespedes
Mets OF Yoenis Cespedes

A version of this story was originally published on Jan. 21, 2020


Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter |

When the offseason began, the thought of Yoenis Cespedes contributing to the 2020 Mets was a pipe dream. Then, he started hitting bombs. Then, his contract was restructured to incentivize him making it back on the field. Then, he started running.

Tags: Amed Rosario, Brandon Nimmo, JD Davis, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Robinson Cano, Wilson Ramos, Yoenis Cespedes, Danny Abriano
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Feb 16, 2020; Port St. Lucie, Florida, USA; New York Mets prospect Andres Gimenez fields ground balls during a workout at spring training. Mandatory Credit: Jim Rassol-USA TODAY Sports (Jim Rassol)
Feb 16, 2020; Port St. Lucie, Florida, USA; New York Mets prospect Andres Gimenez fields ground balls during a workout at spring training. Mandatory Credit: Jim Rassol-USA TODAY Sports (Jim Rassol)

It will be Michael Wacha getting the start as the Mets face Tigers in Lakeland, Fla. on Tuesday at 1:05 p.m.

While Wacha is thought to be in competition with Steven Matz for the No. 5 spot in the starting rotation, it might not be that simple

Mets notes

Andres Gimenez, Jake Marisnick, and J.D. Davis are the highlights of the lineup with the Mets traveling to Lakeland. Notable is that Davis, who has been getting lots of reps at third base this spring, is back at the hot corner.

Tags: Andres Gimenez, JD Davis, Steven Matz, Danny Abriano
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Mets RHP Michael Wacha
Mets RHP Michael Wacha

Barring injury, the Mets are expected to enter the season with Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard, Marcus Stroman, and Rick Porcello in their starting rotation. But the No. 5 spot might not be as simple as deciding between Steven Matz and Michael Wacha.

According to Joel Sherman of the New York Post, among the options the Mets are "internally discussing" is not going with a set No. 5 starter at all.

Instead, the team would choose the best matchup each time it needed the fifth starter -- which will be most of the time once the first few weeks of the season are over. 

Tags: Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Steven Matz, Danny Abriano
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Mets LHP David Peterson (Jim Rassol)
Mets LHP David Peterson (Jim Rassol)

Mets Spring Training is in full swing in Port St. Lucie. Here's what happened Monday, in case you missed it...


Wilson Ramos credited his performance against the Nats on Monday to offseason changes >> Read more

Along with Ramos, pitching prospect David Peterson was one of the standouts on Monday >> Read more

After the Mets' win over the Nats, Luis Rojas talked about his developing relationship with Terry Collins >> Read more

Tags: Andres Gimenez, David Peterson, Dominic Smith, Robinson Cano, Wilson Ramos, Danny Abriano
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Mets pitching coach Jeremy Hefner and Yankees pitching coach Matt Blake are certainly different than their predecessors, and not just because of age. 

Sure, Hefner and Blake's ages don't even combine to that of departed Mets' pitching coach Phil Regan, but both Regan and ex-Yankees pitching coach Larry Rothschild are baseball lifers. Blake has never been a pitching coach at any professional level, while Hefner was the Twins' assistant pitching coach in 2019.

But both are an indication that the role of a pitching coach has changed, and teams are looking for someone who can blend what a pitching coach needs to bring in-game with preparation and analysis, a background that both Hefner and Blake possess. 

Baseball Night in New York talked about the ever-evolving role of a pitching coach and the challenges that Blake and Hefner might face in their first seasons in the dugout.

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"Wilson Ramos hit ball, ball go far" was the mantra for the Mets on Monday in their spring training win over the Nationals. 

Ramos smashed a pitch just foul during his first at-bat, and the ensuing pitch matched it, but this time stayed in play and flew over the left field fence. 

But his day wasn't done there. Ramos also hit himself a double, going 2-for-2 during his team's 2-1 victory. 

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Wilson Ramos
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Luis Rojas
Luis Rojas

Luis Rojas said he was happy with Monday's 2-1 win over the Nationals despite the fact that spring training isn't about results. 

"We know spring training is not about results, but it's good to see the guys shaking hands and all that," Rojas said after the game. "Looked like we were playing really good baseball, once again really good defense. ...Everybody moving around, everybody backing up in position, we turned a double play again, called a good game, pitched a good game. So we played really good baseball today."

Wilson Ramos got things started with a solo home run in the second inning to put the Mets up 1-0, and Rojas took notice, saying he likes what he's seeing from Ramos early.

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The Mets took down their NL East-rival Nationals, 2-1, for their first spring training win on Monday.  >> Box Score

5 things to know from Monday's game...

1) Top pitching prospect David Peterson got the start for the Mets, and looked pretty good in his first spring outing. He let up just one single, but no runs. MLB.com's Anthony DiComo also pointed out that the radar gun had his fastball sitting around 93-94 mph, which is up from his previous seasons. That's a good sign for the lefty.

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, David Peterson, Dominic Smith, Jeff McNeil, Paul Sewald, Pete Alonso, Wilson Ramos, Scott Thompson
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Mets pitching prospect David Peterson took the mound Monday afternoon for a spring training matchup with the Nationals, and put together a solid performance.

On the mound for 2.0 innings, Peterson allowed just one hit and zero runs, while also striking out two batters before a call to the bullpen was made to end his day.

"It was good." Peterson said on his first outing of spring training. "I felt really good on the mound physically and mentally. I thought Buffalo and I were on the same page and it felt good to get out there and compete again."

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Feb 16, 2020; Port St. Lucie, Florida, USA; New York Mets prospect Andres Gimenez fields ground balls during a workout at spring training. Mandatory Credit: Jim Rassol-USA TODAY Sports (Jim Rassol)
Feb 16, 2020; Port St. Lucie, Florida, USA; New York Mets prospect Andres Gimenez fields ground balls during a workout at spring training. Mandatory Credit: Jim Rassol-USA TODAY Sports (Jim Rassol)

The following are insights, ideas and notes gathered from recent conversations with team sources, rival executives, reporters, front office assistants, and talent evaluators...


Based on conversations with team insiders, at this early point in the spring, it sounds to me like Brandon Nimmo and Jeff McNeil will 100 percent be kicking off Luis Rojas' lineup in April.

After that, expect Pete Alonso and Michael Conforto and some flip-flopping between Wilson Ramos and Robinson Cano. Amed Rosario seems destine to hit eighth or maybe even ninth on certain occasions, while the J.D. Davis/Yoenis Cespedes situation will impact left field and the heart of the lineup in a way that can't be known yet.

Tags: Amed Rosario, Andres Gimenez, Brandon Nimmo, JD Davis, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Pete Alonso, Wilson Ramos, Yoenis Cespedes, Matthew Cerrone
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Feb 16, 2020; Port St. Lucie, Florida, USA; New York Mets pitcher David Peterson (77) waits to do defensive drills during a workout at spring training. Mandatory Credit: Jim Rassol-USA TODAY Sports (Jim Rassol)
Feb 16, 2020; Port St. Lucie, Florida, USA; New York Mets pitcher David Peterson (77) waits to do defensive drills during a workout at spring training. Mandatory Credit: Jim Rassol-USA TODAY Sports (Jim Rassol)

Minor League prospect David Peterson gets the start for the Mets down in Florida at 1:05 p.m. against the reigning World Seres champion Washington Nationals.

Mets notes

Jeff McNeil and Brandon Nimmo will bat first and second in for the Mets, while Pete Alonso bats third as a DH and former Yankee Eduardo Nunez is in the lineup hitting seventh.

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Jeff McNeil, Pete Alonso
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With MLB Spring Training well underway in Florida and Arizona, farm systems and their prospects are getting an extra look at this time of the year.

The Athletic's Keith Law put together his Top 100 prospects for 2020, and had four Mets on his list: 

17. SS Ronny Mauricio

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