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Your Saturday morning dose of New York Mets and MLB news, notes, and links.
Meet the Mets
The Mets began a five-game series against the Yankees with a seven-inning doubleheader yesterday and enjoyed two dramatic come-from-behind victories. Pete Alonso, Dominic Smith, and Jake Marisnick all homered in the sixth inning to lead the Amazins to a 6-4 win in the first matchup, while Amed Rosario hit a two-run walk-off home run in the bottom of the seventh in the second game.
After months of endless speculation and rumors, reports broke last night that Steve Cohen is entering exclusive negotiations to purchase the team.
While the Mets made a meaningful statement with their actions on Thursday night, the Wilpons had to go and conduct themselves as poorly as they normally do.
On the bright side, the younger Wilpon has evidently not been involved in the ongoing discussions about the sale of the team.
Bench coach Hensley Meulens made his return to the team.
2019 first-round pick Brett Baty has been added to the team’s 60-man roster pool.
Around the National League East
The Braves mounted a three-run comeback against the Phillies bullpen, but Philadelphia ultimately prevailed in extra innings thanks to a walk-off three-run homer off the bat of Scott Kingery in the 11th.
The Marlins celebrated Jackie Robinson Day by making a donation to the Jackie Robinson Foundation.
Around Major League Baseball
Several MLB players, coaches, and other personnel around the league commemorated the celebration of Jackie Robinson Day.
The number of Black players in the game today remains relatively small, but they are united in making their voices heard.
Increasing diversity in the broadcast booth would have the potential to increase diversity in the game across the board.
Shakeia Taylor of Baseball Prospectus wrote an emotional letter to Jackie Robinson in which she reflected upon the lack of progress the game has made since his time.
Jeff Passan argued for ESPN that the relative lack of organization behind the various teams’ protests is precisely what made them effective.
The league’s celebration of Jackie Robinson Day was coupled with the devastating news that Chadwick Boseman, the actor who played the legendary baseball figure in 42, passed away at the age of 43 from colon cancer.
The trade deadline season is in full swing, and all thirty teama have their own strategies for how to approach it.
Yesterday at Amazin’ Avenue
Chris McShane and Brian Salvatore discussed the wild events of Thursday on the latest episode of Amazin’ Avenue Audio (The Show).
Steve Sypa looked back on former prospect Matthew Budgell’s short-lived but drama-filled baseball career.
This Date in Mets History
The 1962 Mets hit a major milestone in mediocrity on this date, as the famously hapless club lost its 100th game of the season.