Healthy, productive Mauer aims to play ‘as long as I can’

The final season of the franchise-record contract the Minnesota Twins gave Joe Mauer has begun, bringing with it the inevitable questions about his future. For now, before any such decisions must be made by the front office or the soon-to-be-35-year-old first baseman, Mauer has found himself in a reflective mood. ''I was lucky enough to be drafted by the team I grew up rooting for and cheering on,'' Mauer said.

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This post was written by The Associated Press on February 21, 2018

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Mets will wear Marjory Stoneman Douglas HS caps during Friday’s game

The Mets will wear the caps of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas high school baseball team during their Grapefruit League opener on Friday at First Data Field, the team announced. Players and coaches will then sign the caps to be auctioned in support of those affected by the mass shooting at the school in Parkland, Florida last week that left 17 people (14 students and three faculty members) dead. MLB commissioner Rob Manfred announced on Tuesday that all teams would wear Marjory Stoneman Douglas caps prior to their Spring Training openers, and that teams would also have the option to wear the caps in-game. The shooting at Stoneman Douglas, which has led to activism in support of gun control by survivors

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This post was written by SNY on February 21, 2018

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Mets reportedly plan to start season with Zack Wheeler in bullpen

In the wake of the Mets signing LHP Jason Vargas to a two-year deal, the team plans to begin the season with RHP Zack Wheeler in the bullpen, reports Kristie Ackert of the NY Daily News. After the team signed Vargas last week, Wheeler was brief with reporters when explaining that his focus was on being a starting pitcher -- refusing to address a potential move to the bullpen. The next day, Wheeler expressed regret for being so short with his answers and said he understood why that might have been construed as anger, but said that any addition to the team is good. "I shouldn't have been short about it," Wheeler said. "Anybody who comes and helps out or team is always a plus. ... I barely pitched

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This post was written by SNY on February 21, 2018

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Pics from PSL: Terry Collins watches from above at Mets camp

Terry Collins spent part of Tuesday afternoon perched up high with Sandy Alderson and John Ricco in the organization's viewing tower, which is located in the middle of the complex's training fields. First off, Collins looks fantastic. He looked 80 after the last game of last season. He's 68, but now looks at most like he's 60. It's interesting what a peaceful winter home with family not worrying about the roster and lineup will do for a man... Obviously, he isn't and shouldn't be spending the day down on field. This is Mickey Callaway's first camp and no new manager needs his immediate predecessor kibitzing with players from the previous season. Collins is a stand-up, old-school guy and I'm sure

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This post was written by SNY on February 20, 2018

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SEE IT: AJ Ramos crashes Michael Conforto’s presser

Mets GM Sandy Alderson, who is in his eighth year with the club, discussed his future plans and potential successor with SNY contributor Andy Martino. Regarding how much longer he wants to hold the position of GM, Alderson said it's something he thinks about "from time to time." "Throughout my career, I've never really focused on the next thing," he said. "I've always kind of said to myself -- I tell people this, too -- focus on the job you have right now because it's the most important job you'll ever have." Matthew Cerrone (Twitter | Instagram | About): If the Mets are winning and in a good spot when Alderson retires, Ricco will almost certainly get the job. He's qualified, perfect for being

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This post was written by SNY on February 20, 2018

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Pics, Observations from PSL: Why does Tebow have big-league potential?

In 11 years experiencing Mets spring training, I have never seen dozens of human beings react to another person the way people reacted to Tim Tebow on Sunday. And, though I don't believe he'll ever see a pitch in the Major Leagues, I like that he's in big-league camp because I think just as much can be gained from his personality, positivity, and passion as can be gained from him as a player.  Tebow hit Sunday morning on Field 4 alongside Dave Thompson and other notable minor leaguers. By the way, Thompson is a horse, he crushes the ball, and looks more like a first baseman or left fielder than a long-term answer at third base. Finished hitting, like all players, Tebow helped collect baseballs,

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This post was written by SNY on February 20, 2018

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Yo is into yoga: Cespedes tries to improve flexibility

Yo is into yoga. Trying to stay off the disabled list after he was hobbled by leg injuries last season, New York Mets outfielder Yoenis Cespedes took to yoga this winter. "This year I did three things differently," Cespedes said through a translator Monday following the team's first full workout.

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This post was written by Associated Press on February 19, 2018

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Mets Sights and Sounds from PSL: Monday, Feb. 19

Major League Baseball continues to implement new rules to increase the pace-of-play, so the game can move at a more steady pace. While the pitch clock and batter having to keep one foot in the batter's box have aided in speeding the game up, the MLB has now issued a mandate limiting the amount of mound visits for each team.  Mound visits will be capped at six per game. The definition of a mound visit was specified by the MLB in an official announcement.  "A manager or coach trip to the mound to meet with the pitcher shall constitute a visit," the statement read. "A player leaving his position to confer with the pitching, inlcuding a pitcher leaving the mound to confer with another player, shall

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This post was written by SNY on February 19, 2018

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SEE IT: Monday’s happenings from Port St. Lucie

The signing of veteran lefty Jason Vargas prompted GM Sandy Alderson to say the team is "pretty much where we want to be." But the signing has left some on the Mets' pitching staff wondering where they stand within the rotation.  The Mets have always been looking for another starter this offseason, and Vargas doesn't only fill that void, but he brings with him veteran knowledge and leadership to a young talented group of pitchers in the starting rotation. "Not only do we have another guy that can go out there and pitch effectively, we've deepened our team," manager Mickey Callaway noted. "We've added to our depth and probably strengthened our bullpen in a role. He brings a lot not just to the

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This post was written by SNY on February 19, 2018

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Sandy Alderson thinks Tim Tebow will play in the major leagues

Based on his track record so far I don’t think Tim Tebow deserves to play in the major leagues on the merits. Sandy Alderson is the general manager, so his say carries a lot of weight. To be fair, Alderson is pretty up front about the merits of Tebow’s presumed advancement to the bigs at some point.

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This post was written by NBC Sports on February 19, 2018

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