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Where the Mets stand as ML long layoffs nearing the end



Where the Mets stand as ML long layoffs nearing the end

The Mets players have started trickling down to New York, with the majority expected to arrive at the weekend. The report date for Spring Training 2 is Wednesday, with the team’s first full-squad training at Citi Field scheduled for two days later.

First, there will be a coronavirus test conducted on players and staff and quarantine for two days. Testing will continue every day for three weeks the camp and the regular season. It is all part of the extensive MLB protocol to maintain the security of players and sports.

The Mets could easily finish first or last in the 60 match season. But the fact that they can play the 2020 season which at one point is completely lost should be considered a treat for their fans.

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The Mets are 14 days from their season opener in Washington when MLB closes spring training in March because of the COVID-19 outbreak. Pete Alonso still hasn’t returned home in the Grapefruit League, but it’s not as alarming as the tense Michael Conforto oblique who threatened to keep him out of the opening match. Conforto has recovered.

Pete Alonso
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Noah Syndergaard was still in rotation when the camp was suspended, but has since undergone Tommy John’s operation that will keep him out until 2021. The development has left the possibility of rotation such as Jacob deGrom, Marcus Stroman, Rick Porcello, Steven Matz and Michael Wacha.

J.D. Davis has recovered from a jammed left shoulder which he maintained at the start of spring training and is exercising at third base. The list appears almost set, but there is a question whether Dellin Betances will be built enough to open the season on the bullpen or whether he will need extended spring training.

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What to look for when returning (non-COVID)

Three All-Stars teams from last season, Jacob deGrom, Alonso and Jeff McNeil, are the main players, but a strong lineup could be stronger with Yoenis Cespedes returning.

As reported by The Post on Wednesday, there is a strong possibility that the veteran outfielder will be ready for the Opening Day lineup after missing the last two years of rehabilitation from heel surgery and ankle fractures.

McNeil, Alonso, Conforto, Cespedes, Robinson Cano, and Davis succession is one thing that managers can consider that can be considered by manager Luis Rojas. Or maybe Rojas wants Amed Rosario or Brandon Nimmo on top of the stroke, with McNeil reaching sixth.

Jacob deGrom
Jacob deGromAnthony J. Causi

What remains unclear is whether Jed Lowrie will have the opportunity to potentially contribute.

Dominic Smith might deserve the chance to play most of the time, but the Mets are busy in two positions (first base and outfield corner), leaving him most likely in the pinch role. Jake Marisnick arrives in trade with Astros to provide final defense in midfield and he will likely start against left-handed pitchers.

The mystery will continue, whether Edwin Diaz who is closer can recover after a bad 2019 season. Ideally, the Mets would like to leave Seth Lugo in a regulatory role where he could throw in innings if needed. For the blueprint to work, Diaz, Jeurys Familia or Betances need to lock the ninth.

What to look for when returning (COVID)

Uncertainty will abound, after a 3½-month layoff that includes a bitter economic dispute between the players and the owner.

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“My concern is who says if we can solve it [the season] or not – government or commissioner? “a Mets player said in a text message to The Post.” Or by sick people? I know nothing is in our hands, unfortunately. Everything has made me concerned with this sport. “

The second Mets player is asked in a text message if the shorter season benefits any team.

“It will be the same for everyone and we just want to play,” said the player.

Players will check their temperature at least twice a day. A player who registers above 100.4 degrees will be barred from entering the ballpark. Because body temperature can rise quickly if someone sweats, players and staff can even avoid the short walk to the ballpark, opting for air-conditioned transportation, on humid days in some cities.

For the first two weeks of the season, the team will be allowed to bring 30 players. That could mean the third catcher for the Mets, allowing Tomas Nido and Rene Rivera to become reserves for Wilson Ramos. Walker Lockett, Jordan Humphreys, and Drew Smith are among the pitchers who can benefit. Smith underwent Tommy John’s operation in spring training last season and is expected to return this June.

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Portuguese historical films will premiere on 29 December.



Portuguese historical films will premiere on 29 December.

Method Media Bermuda will present the documentary FABRIC: Portuguese History in Bermuda on Thursday, December 29 at the Underwater Research Institute of Bermuda.

A spokesperson said: “Method Media is proud to bring Bermuda Fabric: Portugal History to Bermuda for its 5th and 6th showing at the Bermuda Underwater Observatory. In November and December 2019, Cloth: A Portuguese Story in Bermuda had four sold-out screenings. Now that Bermuda has reopened after the pandemic, it’s time to bring the film back for at least two screenings.

“There are tickets For $ 20 – sessions at 15:30 and 18:00. Both screenings will be followed by a short Q&A session.

Director and producer Milton Raboso says, “FABRIC is a definitive account of the Portuguese community in Bermuda and its 151 years of history, but it also places Bermuda, Acors and Portugal in the world history and the events that have fueled those 151 years.

“It took more than 10 years to implement FABRIC. The film was supported by the Minister of Culture, the Government of the Azores and private donors.

Bermuda Media Method [MMB] Created in 2011 by producer Milton Raposo. MMB has created content for a wide range of clients: Bermuda’s new hospital renovation, reinsurance, travel campaigns, international sports and more. MMB pays special attention to artistic, cultural and historical content.

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Maestro de Braga is the first Portuguese in the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba.



Maestro de Braga is the first Portuguese in the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba.

Maestro Filipe Cunha, Artistic Director of the Philharmonic Orchestra of Braga, has been invited to conduct the Cuban National Symphony Orchestra, as announced today.

According to a statement sent by O MINHO, “he will be the first Portuguese conductor to conduct this orchestra in its entire history.”

In addition to this orchestra, the maestro will also work with the Lyceo Mozarteum de la Habana Symphony Orchestra.

The concerts will take place on 4 and 12 March 2023 at the National Theater of Cuba in Havana.

In the words of the maestro, quoted in the statement, “these will be very beautiful concerts with difficult but very complex pieces” and therefore he feels “very motivated”.

From the very beginning, Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 will be performed by an Italian pianist (Luigi Borzillo), whom the maestro wants to bring to Portugal later this year. In the same concert, Mendelshon’s First Symphony will be performed.

Then, at the second concert, in the company of the Mexican clarinetist Angel Zedillo, he will perform the Louis Sfora Concerto No. 2. In this concert, the maestro also conducts Tchaikovsky’s Fifth Symphony.

“This is an international recognition of my work. An invitation that I accept with humility and great responsibility. I was surprised to learn that I would be the first Portuguese member of the Cuban National Symphony Orchestra. This is a very great honor,” the maestro said in a statement.

“I take with me the name of the city of Braga and Portugal with all the responsibility that goes with it, and I hope to do a good job there, leaving a good image and putting on great concerts. These will be very special concerts because, in addition to performing pieces that I love, especially Rachmaninov and Tchaikovsky, I will be directing two wonderful soloists who are also my friends. It will be very beautiful,” concludes Filipe Cunha.

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