Morning Briefing: Remembering Jackie’s 100th Birthday

Good morning Mets fans! It was a quiet day for the Metropolitans on Wednesday as we inch closer to Spring Training with just a mere 12 days left until pitcher and catchers officially report to Port St. Lucie.

Jacki Robinson was born on this date back in 1919, and MLB Network will celebrate his legacy at 7 p.m. ET with “Jackie Robinson” from Ken Burns.

Latest Mets News

Keith Law of ESPN put out his 2019 top prospects list and he ranks former Met, Jarred Kelenic as the 38th best prospect for the upcoming season. Kelenic of course was traded along with Justin Dunn in the deal that saw the Mets obtain Edwin Diaz and Robinson Cano.

Latest MLB News

The NY Times will put forth a 24-page special section dedicated to Jackie Robinson in today’s edition.

Robert Murray of the Athletic reports on the Diamondbacks signing of reliever Greg Holland.

Bob Nightengale reported on the Cincinnati Reds announcing that Cristian Perez will become their new assistant bullpen/scouting coach.

Levi Weaver takes a look at the fascinating story surrounding Chris Nunn landing with Texas Rangers on the Athletic.

Former Marlins and Braves manager, Fredi Gonzalez has returned to college to get his degree as Clark Spencer reports in the Miami Herald.

Jeff Passan advises that free agent catcher, Stephen Vogt will be holding a workout for interested teams this week as he looked to return from a shoulder injury.

Jon Heyman reports that Brandon Maurer has signed on with the Pittsburgh Pirates on a Minor League deal.

Sources have advised Jon Morosi that Manny Machado is not imminent at this time and he has yet to meet with the San Diego Padres.

Rotoworld tells of Mark Reynolds getting a Minor League deal with the Colorado Rockies.

Peter Gammons writes on Mauricio Dubon‘s readiness to contribute in 2019 while also putting Honduran baseball on the map.

Latest NL East News

Ducis Rodgers of ABC looks at a day in the life of Phillies manager, Gabe Kapler.

Gabriel Burns of the AJC speaks on the Atlanta Braves being a more confident team after postseason ousting this past season.

Washington Nationals Triple-A affiliate, the Fresno Grizzlies revealed their new look on Wednesday.

Neil Walker is looking to provide veteran leadership to the young Marlins in 2019 as reported by the Sun Sentinel.

Latest on MMO

Rob Piersall tells us why the Mets should take a flyer on recently released relief pitcher, Nick Wittgren.

Roberto Correa looks at MMO No.19 ranked prospect, Junior Santos in our Top-25 prospects list.

Chris Gaine states his case as to why the Mets cannot afford to look to stunt the growth of Jeff McNeil.

This Date in Mets History

On this date in 2006 the San Diego Padres signed Mike Piazza, officially ending his New York Mets playing career.

Birthdays: Nolan Ryan (72), Rafael Santana (61) and Bob Apodaca (69).

 

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