The current, ongoing COVID-19 pandemic is still critically affecting our everyday endeavors. Most states have some kind of restriction to go out and have a normal life, in an attempt to stop the virus from spreading even more. Sports institutions, like the New York Mets, aren’t playing because leagues were canceled until further notice.
However, MLB and the players’ association are talking about a plan that would have baseball return at some point in May. While it seems a little unrealistic, the league probably won’t go through with it if it affects public health or the players’ wellbeing.
The only sure thing is that, at least for the month of April, professional baseball won’t be played. The New York Mets, however, are doing what they can to stay in shape. Most pÂ´layers have been training and getting ready in their houses, and manager Luis Rojas constantly gets in touch with them.
SNY provided an update on some players’ activities during the break. For example, first baseman and outfielder Dominic Smith is taking try hacks and running with J.D. Davis in a hotel parking lot.
Keeping track of the Mets’ players
Mets’ reliever Edwin Diaz, who has a lot to prove after blowing seven saves and finishing with a 5.59 ERA in 2019, has been staying ready while pitching in an empty ballpark.
Instagram and Twitter have allowed us to get closer to right-handed pitcher Marcus Stroman’s training routine, including throwing bullpen sessions from makeshift mounds.
The Mets’ starting backstop Wilson Ramos has been catching his prospect brother and most recently was in full gear in his house.
If you are asking about Jeff McNeil, here’s what he said on The Cookie Club: “I’ve just been doing garage workouts with (Brandon) Nimmo. (I’ve) been going over to his house. He’s got a little setup, so that’s all I’ve really been doing.”
McNeil went on to say he really misses the game. “I miss everything,” he said. “I miss the grind. I miss going in every single day and competing. I miss my teammates. It kind of sucks right now, I mean we are with no one. We are all quarantined by ourselves. It sucks, but I’m looking forward to when the season starts up again. Get all the boys back and hopefully win a championship.”