Morning Briefing: Collins Readies For Possible Last Rodeo, Bruce’s Big Year Ahead

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Good Morning Mets Fans. Today is opening day eve with the 2017 Metropolitans season just hours away from beginning.

There is real baseball today, over on ESPN you can find a triple header of games that include the New York Yankees taking on the Tampa Bay Rays at 1 PM ET. The San Francisco Giants will also be opposed by the Arizona Diamondbacks at 4 PM ET and lastly, the Chicago Cubs begin their defense of the World Series crown against the St. Louis Cardinals at 8:30 PM ET.

LATEST METS NEWS

Mets manager, Terry Collins spoke with Kevin Kernan of the NY Post on the upcoming season ahead and is more fired up than ever. In what could possibly be the end of Collins’ managing career, the soon to be 68-year-old has spoken of possible retirement at the end of this season. Collins has his team ready for another possible postseason run as the 2017 season readies to begin. If he does decide to retire at the of this season, it would surely be nice to send him out on top.

Mets outfielder, Jay Bruce spoke with the media and discussed his commitment to the organization and just how wrong he has been pegged in his short tenure with the team. He let it be known that the city is not too big for him and how he goes about brushing all the criticism off. It is a big year for Bruce in many ways, in the walk year of his deal, he will look to regain the status of the 30 homer, 100 RBI player he has been. If he shows that ability once again, especially in New York, it will go a long way for himself as he enters free agency. Read more from Marc Carig in Newsday.

Abbey Mastracco gives her 10 bold predictions for 2017 Mets over on NJ.com.

Matt Ehalt of NorthJersey.com writes on the steadiness that Asdrubal Cabrera provides at shortstop.

NL EAST RUMBLINGS

The Washington Nationals announced that Max Scherzer will start their fourth game. Read more from Chelsea Janes in the Washington Post.

Andre C. Fernandez of the Miami Herald provides a digest on the 2017 Miami Marlins.

Mark Bowden of Philly.com believes that the Philadelphia Phillies should allow you to hear more of the game at the ballpark.

Helena Oliviero of theAJC.com provides a breakdown of SunTrust Park, the Atlanta Braves new home.

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THIS DAY IN METS HISTORY

On this day in 1966, the Mets were awarded the exclusive negotiation rights for pitcher, Tom Seaver. They would eventually go on to sign the former No.1 pick and the rest is history.

Mets players born on this day include, Hisanori Takahashi (42), Mike Howard (59) and Al Weis (79).

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