Yankees, Mets react to NYC vax mandate change to come

PORT ST. LUCIE — The Yankees and Mets’ lack of concern about New York City’s private-sector vaccine mandate proved to be warranted. Vaccinated or not, they will all be able to play at home once the season begins in two weeks. Mayor Eric Adams is set to announce on Thursday the easing of the workplace … Read more

Pete Alonso happy to be a met despite no long-term deal yet

PORT ST. LUCIE — All things considered, Pete Alonso’s first experience being arbitration-eligible went about as well as he could have expected. And while a long-term deal was not broached during this negotiating process, according to Alonso, the Mets first baseman isn’t ruling out something like that happening down the road. “Eventually, yeah, we’ll see,” … Read more

Mayor Adams to consult NYC lawyer over unvaxxed Kyrie Irving’s Nets practices

Mayor Eric Adams said Wednesday that he would speak to the city’s lawyer about whether unvaccinated Nets superstar can continue practicing in the Big Apple under the city’s “indefinite” mandate for private-sector employees to get jabbed. “Well, as we stated, the name of the game is that we were not going to be heavy-handed with … Read more

Mets’ Jacob deGrom dominates in spring training debut

PORT ST. LUCIE — He sure resembled de Ace again. Jacob deGrom’s return to game action Tuesday couldn’t have emitted about as many positive vibes as possible for the Mets. Unleashing a barrage of fastballs and sliders against the Astros in an exhibition game, the stud right-hander was simply himself again. Overall, deGrom allowed one … Read more

Mets’ Tylor Megill adds new pitch in quest to make rotation

PORT ST. LUCIE — Tylor Megill unleashed his newest pitch on three occasions Sunday and though he was unmoved by the results took comfort that he will have additional chances this spring to work on it. The pitch is a cutter, which darts in against left-handed batters. The Mets right-hander began dabbling with the cutter … Read more

Mets’ Brandon Nimmo relishing test of playing in ‘beast’ East

PORT ST. LUCIE — Brandon Nimmo is ready to comprise part of what he calls a “beast.” The Mets outfielder was referring Saturday to the NL East — which added more All-Star players a day earlier in Nick Castellanos and Kenley Jansen, who reached agreements with the Phillies and Braves, respectively. Last week, the Phillies … Read more

Robinson Cano talks age, new role with Mets

PORT ST. LUCIE — The oldest non-pitcher in MLB is Nelson Cruz, who will turn 42 this summer. Robinson Cano is third-oldest, a mere kid at 39. But ask the Mets second baseman about the number, and he offers a shrug. Half-jokingly he mentions that maybe Albert Pujols, who turned 42 in January, will sign … Read more

Francisco Lindor not worried about some Mets will miss home games

PORT ST. LUCIE — For all the talk that New York’s vaccine mandate could prevent unvaccinated mets players from participating in home games, Francisco Lindor remains unconcerned. “I think that is still quite some time from Opening Day for us, so we’ll worry about it once we get closer,” Lindor said Friday. “At the end … Read more

Steve Cohen is MLB’s badly-needed villain with Mets’ spending

As an institution, baseball should be encouraging Steve Cohen to spend more on payroll, rather than trying to restrain the Mets. I would argue that MLB is better served with a Goliath. It intensifies fan reaction. Think about the Yankees at the turn of this century. Their star collection and rising payrolls focused love and … Read more

Howie Rose will scale back on calling Mets games this season

Howie Rose, the Mets’ longtime lead radio announcer, will cut back on his schedule this season in the wake of a health issue that cost him parts of the 2021 season. Rose, 68, told Newsday on Thursday that he still plans to work most games but will skip long road trips such as ones to … Read more