Morning Briefing: Dr. K Turns Another Year Older Today

Good morning Mets fans! While the past few days have been spent celebrating a Mets legend in-the-making in Jacob deGrom, today we celebrate the birth of a Mets all-time legend as Dwight Gooden turns 54 years old.

Latest Mets News

The Mets individual tickets go on sale today at 10:00 a.m.

Ken Davidoff of the New York Post wrote a piece on how Rob Manfred talked with Brodie Van Wagenen about his tweet in February that brought up the idea of unsigned players potentially boycotting spring training to fight back against the extremely-slow free agent market.

DeGrom received one first-place vote for National League MVP and appeared on 22-of-30 ballots overall to finish in fifth place in the award voting.

John Maffei, the lone writer who didn’t vote for deGrom on the Cy Young award ballot, hung up on WFAN host Steve Somers after he poked fun at him for not voting for deGrom. He explains his actions in an article for the New York Daily News.

Finally on the DeGrom front, he will be staying with the CAA Baseball agency and will simply be represented by Jeff Berry instead of his new general manager Brodie Van Wagenen according to Andy Martino of SNY.

Latest MLB News

Manfred was unanimously voted by all 30 MLB owners to be extended for five years as commissioner of baseball.

In the coming months. Manfred will decide on who is awarded the opportunity to host the 2021 All-Star Game, with the Atlanta Braves definitely under consideration according to Bob Nightengale of USA Today Sports.

Craig Edwards of FanGraphs conducted a study where he sought out whether there has been any historical bias based on the position of a prospect.

The naming rights of Safeco Field are going to T-Mobile according to Maury Brown of Forbes.

Tim Dierkes of MLB Trade Rumors broke down each team in terms of what draft pick they’d lose if they sign a player who declined a qualifying offer.

Latest NL East News

The Miami Marlins revealed their new primary and secondary logos and colors.

In regards to the Washington Nationals´ starting pitching, Mike Rizzo is keeping his options open according to Chelsea Janes of the Washington Post.

Ronald Acuna Jr. hit his fifth home run for the MLB All-Star team in their six-game international series in Nagoya, Japan.

Bob Brookover of feels that the Philadelphia Phillies should save enough money to sign Mike Trout if and when a situation to sign him presents itself.

Latest on MMO/MMN

Christopher Soto recapped the different winter league games that Mets participated in on Wednesday in addition to the Arizona Fall League and MLB vs. Japan All-Star Series.

Michael Mayer covered the news about the Mets signing Ryan O’Rourke to a minor league deal.

Jack Hendon wrote a “Hot Stove Rumor Roundup”

Matt Musico wrote that Noah Syndergaard needs to reverse the downward trend in the number of strikeouts he’s racking up each season.

Richard Heaton graded Steven Matz‘s 2018 season.

This Day in Mets History

1961: The Mets revealed their logo which was chosen from over 500 people who entered into a contest for a $1,000 prize.

2009: Wally Backman was hired by the Mets to manager the Brooklyn Cyclones.

Birthdays: In addition to Doc turning 54, Juan Centeno turns 29, Mark Corey turns 44, Leon Brown turns 70, and Don Hahn turns 70. Harry Chiti was also born on this day in 1932.

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John is a communication major (with a concentration in broadcasting/telecommunications) and a minor in English at Manhattan College. He aspires to make a career out of his passion for sports. John was formerly a production intern at The Dr. Oz Show and a newsroom intern at SNY. He is currently a student associate in the production and programming department of MSG Networks during his final semester. He has served as the sports editor for Manhattan College's newspaper (The Quadrangle), a managing editor for Last Word On Baseball, and an editor here at MetsMerized Online. He now serves as a senior writer for both The Quadrangle and MMO. You can follow John on Twitter @John97Jackson.