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Governor Cuomo announces NY Mets and county close to finalizing a lease extension to keep professional baseball in Onondaga County for next 25 years

New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo announced Tuesday that the New York Mets, New York State, Onondaga County and the City Of Syracuse are committed to signing a lease extension to keep professional baseball in Onondaga County for the next 25 years. Under terms of the agreement, the New York Mets would sign a 25 year lease and the State, County and City will invest $26.25 million to modernize and upgrade NBT Bank Stadium, making it a suitable home for professional, AAA baseball for the next 25 years.

Additionally, Mets officials announced that the name of the Triple-A affiliate will be changed to the Syracuse Mets. New home and road uniforms were unveiled along with the new primary logo that features the words "Syracuse Mets" emblazoned over the State of New York. The team will wear a new "S" in a nostalgic font on their hats.

"Baseball has been engrained in Syracuse's history for more than 80 years, and this critically important investment will ensure that it remains an 'amazin' part of this community's future for decades to come," Governor Cuomo said. "By renovating this stadium, we are going to attract new and old fans alike, generate economic activity and increase tourism across the region and help foster the next generation of baseball greats."

City of Syracuse Mayor Ben Walsh said, "This investment by the County Executive and the Governor exemplifies the partnerships necessary to sustain and grow our city and region. I am excited to welcome the Syracuse Mets to our community, which ensures that a baseball team and stadium will remain in Syracuse and continue to provide recreational opportunities for our region to enjoy."

Onondaga County Executive Joanie Mahoney said, "Governor Cuomo is a true champion for upstate New York. We are grateful for his support, which will ensure that NBT Stadium continues serving as an economic engine for our region. Thanks to Governor Cuomo's commitment and leadership, we are continuing to see great momentum and progress in Central New York."

The Mets have also committed to use their expert design team to develop many of the improvements and upgrades to NBT Bank Stadium, allowing local dollars to be spent on the construction of the project instead of various fees associated with design and engineering.
"We look forward to being in Syracuse as an organization and in the community with our top minor league club for many years to come," said Mets COO Jeff Wilpon. "We must thank Governor Cuomo for his continued support. Additional thanks to Joanie Mahoney, the great folks at the ESD as well as the Onondaga County Legislators for all their efforts."

Onondaga County will reinvest revenue from stadium naming rights revenue in addition to bond proceeds to the project. The NBT Bank Stadium renovation will have a keen focus on hospitality and the improvement of the fan experience. Improvements will be focused on the in seat and in venue experience, with an emphasis on technology. The retail environment will see an upgrade with additional & renovated team stores, and rebranding and improvement to the food & beverage experience, with a focus on showcasing NYS best food and drink.

In addition, capital will be focused on replacing and extending the useful life on various mechanical, electrical, plumbing, fire protection, and security systems and the refreshing of public restrooms. Ushering in the Syracuse Mets era will include a re-conceptualization of both interior and exterior stadium color palette, branding, and wayfinding. With the intention of creating a destination for fans of all ages to enjoy, emphasis will be placed on creating a more walk-able neighborhood venue environment that Mets have come to know and love at Citi Field. Plans are currently in development to extend the concourse beyond the 1st and 3rd base lines with amenities such as destination bars and food concepts. Construction will begin in 2019.

New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo announced Tuesday that the New York Mets, New York State, Onondaga County and the City Of Syracuse are committed to signing a lease extension to keep professional baseball in Onondaga County for the next 25 years. Under terms of the agreement, the New York Mets would sign a 25 year lease and the State, County and City will invest $26.25 million to modernize and upgrade NBT Bank Stadium, making it a suitable home for professional, AAA baseball for the next 25 years.

Additionally, Mets officials announced that the name of the Triple-A affiliate will be changed to the Syracuse Mets. New home and road uniforms were unveiled along with the new primary logo that features the words "Syracuse Mets" emblazoned over the State of New York. The team will wear a new "S" in a nostalgic font on their hats.

"Baseball has been engrained in Syracuse's history for more than 80 years, and this critically important investment will ensure that it remains an 'amazin' part of this community's future for decades to come," Governor Cuomo said. "By renovating this stadium, we are going to attract new and old fans alike, generate economic activity and increase tourism across the region and help foster the next generation of baseball greats."

City of Syracuse Mayor Ben Walsh said, "This investment by the County Executive and the Governor exemplifies the partnerships necessary to sustain and grow our city and region. I am excited to welcome the Syracuse Mets to our community, which ensures that a baseball team and stadium will remain in Syracuse and continue to provide recreational opportunities for our region to enjoy."

Onondaga County Executive Joanie Mahoney said, "Governor Cuomo is a true champion for upstate New York. We are grateful for his support, which will ensure that NBT Stadium continues serving as an economic engine for our region. Thanks to Governor Cuomo's commitment and leadership, we are continuing to see great momentum and progress in Central New York."

The Mets have also committed to use their expert design team to develop many of the improvements and upgrades to NBT Bank Stadium, allowing local dollars to be spent on the construction of the project instead of various fees associated with design and engineering.
"We look forward to being in Syracuse as an organization and in the community with our top minor league club for many years to come," said Mets COO Jeff Wilpon. "We must thank Governor Cuomo for his continued support. Additional thanks to Joanie Mahoney, the great folks at the ESD as well as the Onondaga County Legislators for all their efforts."

Onondaga County will reinvest revenue from stadium naming rights revenue in addition to bond proceeds to the project. The NBT Bank Stadium renovation will have a keen focus on hospitality and the improvement of the fan experience. Improvements will be focused on the in seat and in venue experience, with an emphasis on technology. The retail environment will see an upgrade with additional & renovated team stores, and rebranding and improvement to the food & beverage experience, with a focus on showcasing NYS best food and drink.

In addition, capital will be focused on replacing and extending the useful life on various mechanical, electrical, plumbing, fire protection, and security systems and the refreshing of public restrooms. Ushering in the Syracuse Mets era will include a re-conceptualization of both interior and exterior stadium color palette, branding, and wayfinding. With the intention of creating a destination for fans of all ages to enjoy, emphasis will be placed on creating a more walk-able neighborhood venue environment that Mets have come to know and love at Citi Field. Plans are currently in development to extend the concourse beyond the 1st and 3rd base lines with amenities such as destination bars and food concepts. Construction will begin in 2019.
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Mets, Konica Minolta to honor local veterans on Sept. 27 with pregame ceremony

FLUSHING, N.Y. -- The New York Mets and partner Konica Minolta, the Official Copier of the New York Mets, will honor local veterans from the Blue Angels Foundation and the Wounded Warrior Project with a pregame ceremony on Thursday, September 27. The Mets and Konica Minolta have been partners since 2015 and are pleased to come together to honor those who have served this country. Konica Minolta is also a partner of the Blue Angels Foundation and has worked with the organization and the Wounded Warrior Project to unite over 100 local warriors and former and current veterans for an evening at Citi Field. The Blue Angels Foundation and Wounded Warrior Project are organizations devoted to supporting and providing necessary services and support to wounded veterans, including PTSD research and treatment, transitional support and resources and rehabilitative services. As partners with the Blue Angels Foundation, Konica Minolta is title sponsor of their annual golf and tennis classic, which raised over $1.2 million for wounded veterans in 2017. The Mets game on September 27 will serve as a kick-off event to this year's fundraising efforts.

The Mets and Konica Minolta will honor these local heroes with a salute on the field at 6:30PM and will then host them for the game in the Honda Clubhouse. SGT. Christopher Moran, who served with the 25th Infantry from 2009 to 2010, will throw the early first pitch. Catching for him will be Staff SGT. Franklin Moreno, who served with the 329th Chemical Company from 1985 to 2012.

FLUSHING, N.Y. -- The New York Mets and partner Konica Minolta, the Official Copier of the New York Mets, will honor local veterans from the Blue Angels Foundation and the Wounded Warrior Project with a pregame ceremony on Thursday, September 27. The Mets and Konica Minolta have been partners since 2015 and are pleased to come together to honor those who have served this country. Konica Minolta is also a partner of the Blue Angels Foundation and has worked with the organization and the Wounded Warrior Project to unite over 100 local warriors and former and current veterans for an evening at Citi Field. The Blue Angels Foundation and Wounded Warrior Project are organizations devoted to supporting and providing necessary services and support to wounded veterans, including PTSD research and treatment, transitional support and resources and rehabilitative services. As partners with the Blue Angels Foundation, Konica Minolta is title sponsor of their annual golf and tennis classic, which raised over $1.2 million for wounded veterans in 2017. The Mets game on September 27 will serve as a kick-off event to this year's fundraising efforts.

The Mets and Konica Minolta will honor these local heroes with a salute on the field at 6:30PM and will then host them for the game in the Honda Clubhouse. SGT. Christopher Moran, who served with the 25th Infantry from 2009 to 2010, will throw the early first pitch. Catching for him will be Staff SGT. Franklin Moreno, who served with the 329th Chemical Company from 1985 to 2012.

About Konica Minolta
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Entercom and New York Mets announce broadcast partnership

WCBS 880 to be new flagship radio home of the New York Mets beginning in 2019

FLUSHING, NY -- September 17, 2018 -- Entercom, the unrivaled leader in sports radio, and the New York Mets have reached a multi-year agreement that will make WCBS 880 in New York the official new radio home of the New York Mets beginning in 2019 and going through the 2025 baseball season. These broadcast rights include all regular season, spring training, and postseason games as well as Spanish-language broadcast rights. The station will also provide in-depth pregame and postgame coverage.

"We're pleased to be the new radio home of the Mets," said Susan Larkin, Regional President and Market Manager, Entercom. "We remain committed to bringing our listeners and partners the most exciting sports content from their hometown teams, especially in the New York metropolitan area, where we will be the radio home for both Major League Baseball clubs beginning in 2019."

FLUSHING, NY -- September 17, 2018 -- Entercom, the unrivaled leader in sports radio, and the New York Mets have reached a multi-year agreement that will make WCBS 880 in New York the official new radio home of the New York Mets beginning in 2019 and going through the 2025 baseball season. These broadcast rights include all regular season, spring training, and postseason games as well as Spanish-language broadcast rights. The station will also provide in-depth pregame and postgame coverage.

"We're pleased to be the new radio home of the Mets," said Susan Larkin, Regional President and Market Manager, Entercom. "We remain committed to bringing our listeners and partners the most exciting sports content from their hometown teams, especially in the New York metropolitan area, where we will be the radio home for both Major League Baseball clubs beginning in 2019."

"We are excited to join the Entercom family, and look forward to leveraging the power of their portfolio of stations in the nation's largest market," said Lou DePaoli, Executive Vice President, New York Mets. "This new partnership allows us to continue delivering outstanding radio broadcasts to our passionate fan base, while also reaching a wide audience via cross promotions on all of Entercom's New York stations."

In addition, Entercom's New York radio stations WCBS 880, (ALT 92.3 (WNYL-FM), NEW 102.7 (WNEW-FM), WCBS-FM 101.1 (WCBS-FM) and 1010 WINS (WINS-AM) will offer promotional support. The Mets will work with each station on custom promotional opportunities on air and during Mets home games at Citi Field.

Listeners can tune in to WCBS 880 (WCBS-AM) in New York on-air, as well as nationwide on the Radio.com app. Fans can also connect with the station on social media via Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

WCBS 880 is a Radio.com station. Radio.com is a part of Entercom, a leading American media and entertainment company and one of the two largest radio broadcasters in the country.

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Unplayed game from Mets-Marlins doubleheader rescheduled as part of single-admission doubleheader tomorrow, Thursday, September 13 at 3:10 p.m.

FLUSHING, N.Y., September 12, 2018 - The New York Mets have announced that the game not played in Sept. 12's scheduled doubleheader against the Miami Marlins has been postponed and rescheduled as part of a single-admission doubleheader tomorrow Thursday, September 13 at 3:10 p.m. The unplayed game of the doubleheader will start approximately 20 minutes after the conclusion of the first game.  

· As a thank you to fans attending tonight's game, the Mets are inviting ticket holders to exchange their tickets marked "Wednesday, September 12, 2018 - Game 74" for one of the scheduled home games from September 25-27, 2018 or any 2019 April Monday-Thursday regular season home game (excluding Opening Day) in alternate locations, subject to availability.

FLUSHING, N.Y., September 12, 2018 - The New York Mets have announced that the game not played in Sept. 12's scheduled doubleheader against the Miami Marlins has been postponed and rescheduled as part of a single-admission doubleheader tomorrow Thursday, September 13 at 3:10 p.m. The unplayed game of the doubleheader will start approximately 20 minutes after the conclusion of the first game.  

· As a thank you to fans attending tonight's game, the Mets are inviting ticket holders to exchange their tickets marked "Wednesday, September 12, 2018 - Game 74" for one of the scheduled home games from September 25-27, 2018 or any 2019 April Monday-Thursday regular season home game (excluding Opening Day) in alternate locations, subject to availability.

· In addition, valid rainchecks from paid tickets to "Monday, September 10, 2018 - Game 72" can now be exchanged for any remaining 2018 Mets regular season home game or any 2019 April Monday-Thursday regular season home game (excluding Opening Day) in alternate locations, subject to availability. 

· Exchanges for 2019 tickets will only be available once single game tickets go on sale at the Citi Field Box Office. Redemption for the invite back offer is at the Citi Field Box Office only. Details to be revealed at a later date.

The Citi Field Ticket Windows will open at 9:00 a.m. tomorrow morning.

For complete information, please visit mets.com/rain.

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Mets PR legend Jay Horwitz to take on new role

Alumni public relations and team historian will be focus

The New York Mets today announced that legendary Mets Vice President of Media Relations, Jay Horwitz, will be transitioning into the newly created role of Vice President, Alumni Public Relations and Team Historian effective October 1, 2018. 

"Jay has dedicated his life to this organization," said Mets COO Jeff Wilpon. "He is part of the fabric of the Mets and lent support to managers, coaches and players while ensuring the media had what they needed. He is an icon in the industry. This new role will allow him to continue his extraordinary relationship with our alumni and help promote Mets history."

The New York Mets today announced that legendary Mets Vice President of Media Relations, Jay Horwitz, will be transitioning into the newly created role of Vice President, Alumni Public Relations and Team Historian effective October 1, 2018. 

"Jay has dedicated his life to this organization," said Mets COO Jeff Wilpon. "He is part of the fabric of the Mets and lent support to managers, coaches and players while ensuring the media had what they needed. He is an icon in the industry. This new role will allow him to continue his extraordinary relationship with our alumni and help promote Mets history."

With next year marking the 50th Anniversary celebration of the Mets 1969 World Series Championship, Horwitz will be evolving his role to focus more on broadening the Mets' alumni base and serve as our inaugural team historian. Jay brings a unique and vast array of experience and knowledge of media, baseball, and New York Mets history. Jay's special relationship with fans and alumni, bolstered through nearly 40 years with the Mets, make him the optimal person to cultivate Mets history, side by side with our alumni, for 2019's celebration and all those yet to come.

"I'm ready for this new chapter in my life," said Horwitz. "I'm looking forward to working with players, managers and coaches that I've known for close to four decades. My goal is to expand the Mets alumni family."

Horwitz, who has been with the Mets since April 1, 1980, has received many accolades during his tenure, including:

• Fishel Award winner in 1998, which is given to the top Media Relations person in baseball
• Munson Media Hero Award recipient in 2007 for his outstanding contributions, dedication, and hard work for the media community
• Inducted into the Fairleigh Dickinson University Hall of Fame in 2007

Details regarding the 50th Anniversary Celebration of the Mets 1969 World Championship will be announced in the coming months.

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Mets announce 2018 Minor League awards

The New York Mets today announced that first baseman Peter Alonso was named the Sterling Minor League Organizational Player of the Year and RHP Justin Dunn earned Sterling Organizational Pitcher of the Year honors.

In addition, the Mets announced the 2018 Sterling Award winners, emblematic of the Most Valuable Player for each of the organization's nine minor league affiliates. 

The New York Mets today announced that first baseman Peter Alonso was named the Sterling Minor League Organizational Player of the Year and RHP Justin Dunn earned Sterling Organizational Pitcher of the Year honors.

In addition, the Mets announced the 2018 Sterling Award winners, emblematic of the Most Valuable Player for each of the organization's nine minor league affiliates. 

RHP Drew Gagnon was the Sterling recipient at Las Vegas (AAA) of the Pacific Coast League; infielder Jeff McNeil was the winner at Binghamton (AA) of the Eastern League; infielder Andrés Giménez was honored at St. Lucie (A) of the Florida State League; LHP David Peterson received the award at Columbia (A) of the South Atlantic League; outfielder Ross Adolph was honored at Brooklyn (A) of the New York-Penn League; infielder Luis Santana for Kingsport (R) of the Appalachian League; infielder Ronny Mauricio was selected for the rookie-level Gulf Coast League Mets; catcher Andrés Regnault captured the award for the Dominican Summer League Mets I and LHP Christofer Domínguez received the award for the Dominican Summer League Mets II. 

STERLING ORGANIZATIONAL PLAYER OF THE YEAR: PETER ALONSO (1B)
Height: 6-3  
Weight: 230  
Bats: Right  
Throws: Right  
Born: 12/7/94  
Obtained/Scout: Mets second-round pick (64th overall) in 2016/Jon Updike 
 
Alonso batted .285 (136-478) with 31 doubles, one triple, 36 home runs, 119 RBI and .975 OPS over 132 minor league games combined between Binghamton and Las Vegas. His career-high 119 RBI were the most among all minor leaguers. Alonso finished the year tied for first among all minor leaguers with 36 home runs. His 31 doubles and 92 runs scored were also career-highs. He was named the MLB.com First Team Prospect of the Year. Additionally, Alonso was named to MLB's Futures Game in Washington D.C. where he hit a 415-foot home run. He ranked third in the minors in extra-base hits (68), fifth in slugging (.579) and ninth in OPS (.975). Following his promotion to Las Vegas on June 16, Alonso batted .260 (67-258) with 19 doubles, one triple, 21 home runs, 67 RBI, 50 runs scored and a .941 OPS over 67 games with the 51s. At the time of his promotion, Alonso was batting .314 (69-220) with 12 doubles, 15 home runs, 52 RBI, 42 runs scored and a 1.012 OPS over 65 games with Binghamton of the Eastern League. 


STERLING ORGANIZATIONAL PITCHER OF THE YEAR: RHP JUSTIN DUNN
Height: 6-2  
Weight: 185  
Bats: Right  
Throws: Right  
Born: 9/22/95  
Obtained/Scout: Mets first-round pick (19th overall) in 2016/Michael Pesce

Dunn finished the season 8-8 with a 3.59 ERA (54 earned runs/135.1 innings) with 156 strikeouts in 24 combined minor league starts between Binghamton and St. Lucie. His 156 total strikeouts were a career-high, more than doubling his total from 2017 and tied for 17th among all minor league pitchers. Dunn was promoted to Binghamton on June 10 and finished 6-5 with a 4.22 ERA (42 earned runs/89.2 innings) with 105 strikeouts over 15 starts. Over four starts with Binghamton in June, Dunn posted a 2.77 ERA (eight earned runs/26.0 innings) with 29 strikeouts, including three starts in which he allowed one earned run or less. With St. Lucie, Dunn had a 2.36 ERA (12 earned runs/45.2 innings) with 51 strikeouts and 15 walks over nine starts. The 22-year-old Freeport, NY native allowed two or fewer earned runs in 17 of his 24 starts this year.

2018 STERLING AWARDS

LAS VEGAS (AAA) OF THE PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE: DREW GAGNON (RHP)
Height
: 6-4  
Weight: 195  
Bats: Right  
Throws: Right  
Born: 6/26/90  
Obtained/Scout: Signed as a minor league free agent on December 22, 2017

Gagnon led the Pacific Coast League in strikeouts (167) and in innings pitched (157.2). He finished third among all minor leaguers with his 172 strikeouts and fourth with 163.2 innings. He finished the season 6-6 with a 4.57 ERA (80 earned runs/157.2 innings) over 27 starts with Las Vegas. Gagnon made his major league debut on August 7 vs. the Phillies and tossed 4.2 innings, allowing six earned runs on seven hits with three strikeouts. The righty earned his first major league win on September 9 vs. Philadelphia, pitching 2.0 scoreless and hitless innings. He started the season with Double-A Binghamton, but was promoted after pitching 6.0 shutout innings, allowing just two hits with five strikeouts in his first and only start with the team. He was named the PCL Pitcher of the Week for the week of August 6-12 after pitching 13.0 innings and allowing three earned runs for a 2.08 ERA with 19 strikeouts over two starts. The 28-year-old also owned a four-game winning streak from July 26-August 12 in which he pitched 24.2 innings and allowed nine earned runs (3.28 ERA) with 33 strikeouts. 

BINGHAMTON (AA) OF THE EASTERN LEAGUE: JEFF McNEIL (INF)
Height: 6-1  
Weight: 195  
Bats: Left  
Throws: Right  
Born: 4/8/92  
Obtained/Scout: Mets 12th-round pick in 2013/Drew Toussaint

McNeil finished with a .342 batting average (116-339), a 1.028 OPS, 26 doubles, five triples, 19 home runs and 71 RBI over a combined 88 games split between Binghamton and Las Vegas before getting promoted to the major leagues on July 24. He established career-highs with 19 home runs, 209 total bases, a .342 batting average, .617 slugging percentage and 1.028 OPS. He was named the MLB.com First Team Prospect of the Year. McNeil owned a 17-game hitting streak from April 30-May 18 during which he batted 28-68 (4.12) with seven doubles, a triple, seven home runs and 21 RBI. Prior to his promotion to Triple-A on June 16, McNeil was batting .327 (70-214) with 16 doubles, 14 home runs and 43 RBI in 57 games with Binghamton. At the time of his first promotion to Las Vegas, the 26-year old was ranked among the EL leaders in slugging (.626, second), OPS (1.029, second) and home runs (14, tied for fourth). McNeil hit .368 (46-125) with 10 doubles, two triples, five home runs and 28 RBI over 31 games with the 51s. At the time of his promotion to New York, his 1.028 OPS was fifth-highest in the minors, .617 slugging percentage was third-highest and 71 RBI was 15th. To date, McNeil is batting .331 (50-151) with eight doubles, four triples, two home runs, 14 RBI and four stolen bases over 45 games with the New York Mets. 

ST. LUCIE (A) OF THE FLORIDA STATE LEAGUE: ANDRÉS GIMÉNEZ (INF)
Height: 5-11  
Weight: 161  
Bats: Left  
Throws: Right  
Born: 9/4/98  
Obtained/Scout: Signed as a non-drafted free agent in 2015/Hector Rincones and Robert Espejo

Giménez combined to hit .281 (125-445) with 29 doubles, five triples, six homers, 46 RBI, 62 runs scored and 38 stolen bases in 122 games between St. Lucie and Binghamton. The 19-year-old was named to the 2018 Futures Game World Team roster in Washington D.C. After being promoted to Binghamton on July 23, Giménez batted .277 (38-137) with nine doubles, 16 RBI and 10 stolen bases over 37 games with the Rumble Ponies. Giménez was one of just four teenagers to play in the Eastern League this season. At the time of his promotion to Double-A, Giménez led the Florida State with 28 stolen bases and finished third in the league. With St. Lucie, Giménez batted .282 (87-308) with 20 doubles, four triples, six home runs and 30 RBI. The infielder was named to the FSL Postseason All-Star team and was ranked by Baseball America as the Mets #1 prospect. 

COLUMBIA (A) OF THE SOUTH ATLANTIC LEAGUE: DAVID PETERSON (LHP)
Height
: 6-6  
Weight: 240  
Bats: Left  
Throws: Left  
Born: 9/3/95  
Obtained/Scout: Mets first-round pick (20th overall) in 2017/Jim Reeves

Peterson owned a 1.82 ERA (12 earned runs/59.1 innings) with 57 strikeouts and a .214 opponents' batting average in nine starts with Columbia. He finished with a 3.16 ERA (45 earned runs/128.0 innings) with 115 strikeouts in 22 combined starts between Columbia and St. Lucie. He was named a mid-season All-Star for Columbia and was then promoted to St. Lucie. At the time of his promotion, Peterson was fifth in the South Atlantic League in ERA (1.82) and WHIP (0.96). Peterson made 13 starts with St. Lucie and went 6-6 with a 4.33 ERA (33 earned runs/68.2 innings) and 58 strikeouts. The 23-year-old did not allow an earned run over his final four starts (23.0) innings. He was named the FSL Pitcher of the Week for the final week of the season, starting one game and pitching 5.0 scoreless innings and allowed two hits with nine strikeouts. The Mets first-round pick from Oregon spent his first full season in the minors. 

BROOKYLN (A) OF THE NEW YORK-PENN LEAGUE: ROSS ADOLPH (OF)
Height
: 6-1  
Weight: 203  
Bats: Left  
Throws: Right  
Born: 12/17/96  
Obtained/Scout: Mets 12th-round pick in 2018/Chris Hervey

Adolph was named a New York Penn League Mid-Season All-Star and the 2018 All-Star Game MVP after he went 2-3 with a triple and a home run in the game. He finished his first professional season with a .276 batting average (64-232), nine doubles, 12 triples, seven home runs and 35 RBI over 61 games with the Cyclones. Adolph set a franchise record and led the New York-Penn League with 12 doubles and was third in the NYPL with a .857 OPS, third in slugging (.509), tied for third with 47 runs scored, tied for eighth with 14 stolen bases and 11th with 35 RBI. The 21-year old topped the Cyclones in home runs, RBI, total bases (118) and stolen bases (14).

KINGSPORT (R) OF THE APPLACHIAN LEAGUE: LUIS SANTANA (INF)
Height
: 5-9  
Weight: 165  
Bats: Right  
Throws: Right  
Born: 1/22/98  
Obtained/Scout: Signed as a non-drafted free agent in 2016/Daurys Nin

Santana batted .348 (71-204) with 13 doubles, four home runs, 35 RBI, 34 runs scored and an .917 OPS in 53 games for Kingsport. The 19-year-old was named to the 2018 Post-Season Appalachian League All-Star team and finished the year among the Appalachian League leaders in average (.348, fifth), hits (71, fifth), on-base percentage (.446, third), OPS (917, seventh) and slugging percentage (.471, 11th). 

GULF COAST LEAGUE (R): RONNY MAURICIO (INF)
Height
: 6-3  
Weight: 166  
Bats: Switch  
Throws: Right  
Born: 4/4/01  
Obtained/Scout: Signed as a non-drafted free agent in 2017/Marciano Alvarez

Mauricio played 49 games with the GCL Mets before being promoted to Kingsport on August 20. He batted .279 (55-197) with 13 doubles, three triples, three homers, 31 RBI, 26 runs scored. The 17-year-old opened the season with a 20-game hitting streak during which he batted .354 (29-82) with six doubles, two triples, two home runs and 19 RBI with a .549 slugging percentage from June 18-July 12. He finished his first professional season among GCL leaders in RBI (31, fourth), doubles (13, tied for sixth) and total bases (83, fifth). He had three doubles and four RBI in eight games with Kingsport.

DOMINICAN SUMMER LEAGUE #1 (R): ANDRÉS REGNAULT (C)
Height
: 6-2
Weight: 220
Bats: Right
Throws: Right
Born: 12/21/98
Obtained/Scout: Signed as a non-drafted free agent in 2015/Hector Rincones and Ismael Perez

In 2018, Regnault set career-highs in batting average (.333), slugging percentage (.573), RBI (45), home runs (nine) and doubles (17). Played 53 games with the DSL Mets 1, going 64-192 with a .993 OPS. The 19-year-old was named a Mid-Season Dominican Summer League All-Star and was batting .342 (38-111) with 10 doubles and six home runs at the time of the distinction. Regnault finished tied for fifth among all DSL players with nine home runs, tied for fourth with 17 doubles and finished seventh in the league with 45 RBI.

DOMINICAN SUMMER LEAGUE #2 (R): CHRISTOFER DOMÍNGUEZ (LHP)
Height
: 6-2
Weight: 190
Bats: Left
Throws: Left
Born: 1/3/00
Obtained/Scout: Signed as a non-drafted free agent in 2016/Anderson Taveras 

Domínguez finished the season 7-1 and established a career-best 1.84 ERA (12 earned runs/58.2 innings) and a career-high 52 strikeouts over 13 games (10 starts) with DSL Mets 1, DSL Mets 2 and GCL Mets. His 1.36 ERA was second among DSL Mets pitchers and 11th among all DSL pitchers. Had a 1.36 ERA (eight earned runs/53.0 innings) in the DSL. Over nine starts with the DSL Mets #2, Domínguez owned a 1.50 ERA (eight earned runs/48.0 innings) with 43 strikeouts before being transferred to DSL Mets #1 on August 3. Domínguez did not allow an earned run in five of his nine starts with the DSL Mets 2. 

COMMUNITY SERVICE AWARD: MARCEL RENTERIA (RHP)
Height
: 5-11
Weight: 185
Bats: Right
Throws: Right
Born: 9/27/94
Obtained/Scout: Mets sixth-round selection in 2017/Kevin Roberson 

Throughout Columbia's season, Renteria often got involved with the Fireflies and surrounding communities by catching ceremonial first pitches and signing autographs for fans. The 23-year-old was an active participant in scrimmages with two local special needs athletic teams. Renteria also participated in a fundraiser for the Friends of the Riverbanks Zoo's non-profit group and spent an afternoon learning about what the zoo does for the community. The bilingual pitcher led a focus group of Fireflies players to help develop logos and color schemes for the team's participation in Minor League Baseball's "Copa de la Diversión," or "Fun Cup." The Copa is a season-long event series specifically designed to embrace the culture and values that resonate most with participating teams' local U.S. Hispanic/Latino communities.

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Mets to observe 17th anniversary of Sept.11 with pregame commemoration ceremony

FLUSHING, N.Y., September 10, 2018 - The New York Mets will conduct a commemorative pregame ceremony on Tuesday, September 11 to honor and remember those whose lives were affected or lost on that tragic day in 2001.

The Mets will recognize the day with a moment of silence and honor the brave first responders, the victims and their families. In addition, the team will honor thousands of city employees, New Yorkers and volunteers from around the country who worked tirelessly in the rescue and recovery effort.

FLUSHING, N.Y., September 10, 2018 - The New York Mets will conduct a commemorative pregame ceremony on Tuesday, September 11 to honor and remember those whose lives were affected or lost on that tragic day in 2001.

The Mets will recognize the day with a moment of silence and honor the brave first responders, the victims and their families. In addition, the team will honor thousands of city employees, New Yorkers and volunteers from around the country who worked tirelessly in the rescue and recovery effort.

During batting practice, Mets players will wear first responder caps of the five agencies that participated in the rescue and recovery efforts at Ground Zero: New York Police Department, Fire Department of New York, Port Authority Police Department, New York City Office of Emergency Management and the City of New York Department of Sanitation. Over 100 uniformed representatives of those agencies will participate in an on-field warning track salute prior to the game.

Players and coaches will be joined by first responders from the FDNY, NYPD and PAPD, all of whom have been personally affected by the September 11 attacks during the National Anthem, performed by NYPD police officer Makiah Brown. Colors for the game will be presented by the Port Authority Police Department Honor Guard. Boys and girls whose parents or grandparents have battled 9/11 related illnesses will then take the field with Mets players.

FDNY Commissioner Daniel Nigro will throw out Tuesday's ceremonial first pitch. Nigro was among the thousands of firefighters at the World Trade Center on 9/11 and was appointed Chief of the department the following day. He was responsible for overseeing all rescue and recovery operations at Ground Zero and the beginning of the unprecedented rebuilding of the FDNY. The ceremonial catcher will be Mets Hall of Famer John Franco, who played a key role in the team helping New York City recover from the attacks.

Outside of the ballpark, the New York Mets will plant a Survivor Tree presented to the team and Answer the Call in honor of late Mets Hall of Famer Rusty Staub. Staub founded Answer the Call: The New York Police Fire Widows' and Children's Benefit Fund over 30 years ago and it has since grown to provide over $145 million to the families of fallen FDNY, NYPD and PAPD heroes killed in the line of duty. The survivor tree is a sapling grown from the branches of the Callery Pear tree recovered at Ground Zero in the months following the September 11 attacks.

The tribute will continue in-game with Tuesday's Veteran of the Game, Peter Regan of Ladder Company 174 in Brooklyn. After seven years of service in the United States Marine Corps, Sergeant Regan followed in his late father's footsteps, Firefighter Donald Regan of FDNY Rescue Company 3, who was killed in the World Trade Center attacks on September 11.

FDNY Firefighter Regina Wilson will sing God Bless America during the seventh-inning stretch to conclude the night's remembrance ceremonies.

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Mets-Marlins postponed, rescheduled as part of doubleheader Sept. 12

FLUSHING, N.Y. -- Given the rain accumulation at Citi Field the past 24 hours and the extended rain forecast for the rest of today, the New York Mets have announced that tonight's game against the Miami Marlins has been postponed and rescheduled as part of a single-admission doubleheader on Wednesday, September 12 at 4:10 p.m. The second game of the double-header will start approximately 20 minutes after the conclusion of the first game.

Only tickets marked "Wednesday, September 12, 2018 - Game 74" will be valid for admission to the September 12 single-admission doubleheader beginning at 4:10 p.m.

FLUSHING, N.Y. -- Given the rain accumulation at Citi Field the past 24 hours and the extended rain forecast for the rest of today, the New York Mets have announced that tonight's game against the Miami Marlins has been postponed and rescheduled as part of a single-admission doubleheader on Wednesday, September 12 at 4:10 p.m. The second game of the double-header will start approximately 20 minutes after the conclusion of the first game.

Only tickets marked "Wednesday, September 12, 2018 - Game 74" will be valid for admission to the September 12 single-admission doubleheader beginning at 4:10 p.m.

Fans holding a paid ticket for tonight's game marked "Monday, September 10, 2018 - Game 72" may NOT use that ticket for the Wednesday, September 12 single-admission doubleheader, but can exchange it for a ticket comparable in price and location to another Mets 2018 regular season home game at Citi Field, subject to availability.

Fans holding a paid ticket for tonight's game marked "Monday, September 10, 2018 - Game 72" may also exchange that ticket for a ticket of a different price or location to another Mets 2018 regular season home game at Citi Field, including the September 12 doubleheader, subject to availability. If such an exchange is made for a higher priced ticket, the face value of the paid ticket for tonight's game will be applied as a credit toward the price of the higher priced ticket.

Unused paid tickets marked "Monday, September 10, 2018 - Game 72" can be submitted for exchange by mail or in person at the Citi Field Box Office.

Complimentary tickets to tonight's game and those marked "NO RAINCHECK" have no value and do not constitute a rain check.

The Citi Field Ticket Windows will open at 9:00 a.m. tomorrow morning. For complete information, please visit mets.com/rain.

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Mets announce 2019 Spring Training schedule

The New York Mets today announced that the club will open its 2019 Spring Training Grapefruit League schedule on Saturday, February 23 vs. the Atlanta Braves at 1:10 p.m. at First Data Field in Port St. Lucie, FL. The Mets will play 32 exhibition games in 2019, including 14 home games in Port St. Lucie.

 

The New York Mets today announced that the club will open its 2019 Spring Training Grapefruit League schedule on Saturday, February 23 vs. the Atlanta Braves at 1:10 p.m. at First Data Field in Port St. Lucie, FL. The Mets will play 32 exhibition games in 2019, including 14 home games in Port St. Lucie.

 

The 2019 Spring Training schedule at First Data Field in Port Lucie is highlighted by a visit by the Boston Red Sox Monday, March 4.

 

The complete Spring Training schedule also features the Houston Astros and Miami Marlins each seven times this spring, along with five games vs. the Cardinals and Nationals, three contest vs. the Braves, two each vs. the Red Sox and Tigers and one against the Orioles.

 

Season and group tickets will go on sale Monday, October 1 at 10 a.m. at mets.com and StLucieMets.com or by calling 772-871-2115. Special ticket packages including the Red Sox trip to Port. St. Lucie will go on sale Thursday, November 1 at 10 a.m. Individual game tickets will go on sale Saturday, January 12 at 10 a.m. at mets.com, StLucieMets.com or by calling 772-871-2115.

 

The Mets today also announced the launch of the 2019 Amazin' Getaways Spring Training fan travel packages. The spring line-up will include three Grand Slam packages and two Spring Specials.  

 

Grand Slam departures from New York are scheduled for March 1, March 7 and March 14. All packages include hotel accommodations, rental car, game tickets and custom merchandise. The Grand Slam packages also include an exclusive pre-game brunch and a Meet and Greet with select Mets players and team personnel.

 

All Amazin' Getaways can be customized to fit every fan's schedule and budget. For more information, call 718-577-5055 or visit mets.com/AmazinGetaways.

 

The 2019 Spring Training schedule is subject to change.

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Mets and Taiwan Tourism Bureau announce details for the 14th annual Taiwan Heritage Day

Mets to Host Taiwan Heritage Day on Sunday, August 26 at Citi Field

The New York Mets and Taiwan Tourism Bureau will host the 14th annual Taiwan Heritage Day on Sunday, August 26 at Citi Field when the Mets host the Washington Nationals at 1:10 p.m.  

Pre-game performances start at 11:30 a.m. in the Mets plaza. Ming Hwa Yuan Arts and Culture Group, one of the most famous and organized Taiwanese opera troupes will perform its famous "The Legend of Eight Immortals." The group was established by Mr. Chen Ming-Ji in 1929 and has 90 years of history. Taiwanese mascot "Oh Bear" will appear and interact with Mr. & Mrs. Met and fans throughout the game. Taiwan's Ambassador Stanley Kao will receive the Spirit Award for his dedication between Taiwan and the United States. Taiwan's first Nobel Prize laureate, Dr. Yuan-Tseh Lee will throw out the first pitch. Dr. Lee won his Nobel Prize award in Chemistry in 1986 along with the Hungarian-Canadian Dr. John C. Polanyi and American Dr. Dudley R. Herschbach. He served as the President of the Academia Sinica in Taiwan between 1994 and 2006 and was also elected head of the International Council of Science in 2011 and currently serves as a Senior Advisor to the President of Taiwan.

The New York Mets and Taiwan Tourism Bureau will host the 14th annual Taiwan Heritage Day on Sunday, August 26 at Citi Field when the Mets host the Washington Nationals at 1:10 p.m.  

Pre-game performances start at 11:30 a.m. in the Mets plaza. Ming Hwa Yuan Arts and Culture Group, one of the most famous and organized Taiwanese opera troupes will perform its famous "The Legend of Eight Immortals." The group was established by Mr. Chen Ming-Ji in 1929 and has 90 years of history. Taiwanese mascot "Oh Bear" will appear and interact with Mr. & Mrs. Met and fans throughout the game. Taiwan's Ambassador Stanley Kao will receive the Spirit Award for his dedication between Taiwan and the United States. Taiwan's first Nobel Prize laureate, Dr. Yuan-Tseh Lee will throw out the first pitch. Dr. Lee won his Nobel Prize award in Chemistry in 1986 along with the Hungarian-Canadian Dr. John C. Polanyi and American Dr. Dudley R. Herschbach. He served as the President of the Academia Sinica in Taiwan between 1994 and 2006 and was also elected head of the International Council of Science in 2011 and currently serves as a Senior Advisor to the President of Taiwan.

The partnership with Taiwan Tourism Bureau includes a presenting sponsor of the Mets Free Shirt Friday on August 24 where all fans in attendance will receive a shirt. Festivities also includes in-game "Taiwan Baseball Trivia", led by Mets Hall of Famer John Franco, along with Mookie Wilson and Tim Teufel appearing on Citi Vision to interact with fans throughout the season.  

Tickets are on sale for the August 26 Taiwan Heritage Day at mets.com/Taiwan, by phone at (718) 507-TIXX, or in person at the Jackie Robinson Rotunda ticket windows. For more information, please contact Wayne Wang of the New York Mets Group Sales Department at (718) 559-3194 or wwang@nymets.com.

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Mets announce 2019 schedule

FLUSHING, N.Y., August 22, 2018 - The New York Mets announced that the club will open the 2019 regular season on the road at NL East rival the Washington Nationals on Thursday, March 28. After a six-game game road trip against Washington and Miami, the Home Opener will be on Thursday, April 4 vs. the Nationals.

 

FLUSHING, N.Y., August 22, 2018 - The New York Mets announced that the club will open the 2019 regular season on the road at NL East rival the Washington Nationals on Thursday, March 28. After a six-game game road trip against Washington and Miami, the Home Opener will be on Thursday, April 4 vs. the Nationals.

 

 

Highlights of the 2019 home schedule include:

  • St. Louis Cardinals | Thursday, June 13 - Sunday, June 16 (Father's Day)
  • Subway Series vs. Yankees | Tuesday, July 2 - Wednesday, July 3
  • Los Angeles Dodgers | Friday, September 13 - Sunday, September 15

     

    Additional Interleague series at Citi Field include:

    • Minnesota Twins | Tuesday, April 9 - Wednesday, April 10
    • Detroit Tigers | Friday, May 24 - Sunday, May 26
    • Cleveland Indians | Tuesday, August 20 - Thursday, August 22

     

    Promotional details for the 2019 season, including a 50th Anniversary celebration of the 1969 World Champions, will be announced in the weeks ahead.

     

    The 2019 schedule is subject to change.

     

    2019 Ticket Packages will go on sale Friday, August 24. For additional season ticket information call 718-507-TIXX.

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    Mets select LHP Daniel Zamora, place RHP Bobby Wahl on DL

    The New York Mets announced today that the club has selected the contract of LHP Daniel Zamora from Binghamton (AA) of the Eastern League and placed RHP Bobby Wahl on the 10-day disabled list with a right hamstring strain. Zamora will wear #73 and will be active for tonight's game at Philadelphia. His first appearance will be his Major League debut. To make room on the 40-man roster for Zamora, the Mets transferred Phillip Evans to the 60-day disabled list.

    Zamora, 25, was 1-1 with two saves and a 3.48 ERA (20 earned runs/51.2 innings) in 40 games for Binghamton this year. He was named to the mid-season Eastern League All-Star team. Zamora has racked up 69 strikeouts and issued only 16 walks. He is holding left-handers to a .244 (21-86) mark and right-handers are batting .157 (16-102) against him.

    The New York Mets announced today that the club has selected the contract of LHP Daniel Zamora from Binghamton (AA) of the Eastern League and placed RHP Bobby Wahl on the 10-day disabled list with a right hamstring strain. Zamora will wear #73 and will be active for tonight's game at Philadelphia. His first appearance will be his Major League debut. To make room on the 40-man roster for Zamora, the Mets transferred Phillip Evans to the 60-day disabled list.

    Zamora, 25, was 1-1 with two saves and a 3.48 ERA (20 earned runs/51.2 innings) in 40 games for Binghamton this year. He was named to the mid-season Eastern League All-Star team. Zamora has racked up 69 strikeouts and issued only 16 walks. He is holding left-handers to a .244 (21-86) mark and right-handers are batting .157 (16-102) against him.

    He was acquired from the Pirates along with cash considerations on January 31 earlier this year in exchange for LHP Josh Smoker. Zamora posted a 1.86 ERA (11 earned runs/53.1 innings) with 61 strikeouts in 37 games with Bradenton (A) of the Florida State League last year. He also hurled 3.0 scoreless innings in two contests with Altoona (AA) of the Eastern League in 2017. Zamora combined to go 2-4 with nine saves, allowed only two home runs and issued 19 walks. He was named to the mid-season Florida State League All-State team last season.

    Overall, the 6-3, 195-pounder has gone 7-7 with 14 saves and a 2.80 ERA (52 earned runs/167.1 innings) in 114 career Minor League games. He has 202 strikeouts during that span.

    Wahl is 0-1 with a 10.13 ERA (six earned runs/5.1 innings) in seven games with New York.

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    Mets place RHP Anthony Swarzak on the DL / recall RHP Jacob Rhame

    The New York Mets today announced that the club has placed RHP Anthony Swarzak on the 10-Day Disabled List, retroactive to August 4, with right shoulder inflammation and recalled RHP Jacob Rhame from Las Vegas (AAA) of the Pacific Coast League. Rhame will wear #35 and will be available for today's game. 
     
    Rhame, 25, is 0-1 with one save and an 8.00 ERA (16 earned runs/18.0 innings) in 18 games with New York this season. He was also 1-2 with nine saves a 3.76 ERA (11 earned runs/26.1 innings) in 20 games with Las Vegas. 
     
    Swarzak, 32, is 0-2 with three saves and a 6.00 ERA (14 earned runs/21.0 innings) in 22 games for New York this year.
     

    The New York Mets today announced that the club has placed RHP Anthony Swarzak on the 10-Day Disabled List, retroactive to August 4, with right shoulder inflammation and recalled RHP Jacob Rhame from Las Vegas (AAA) of the Pacific Coast League. Rhame will wear #35 and will be available for today's game. 
     
    Rhame, 25, is 0-1 with one save and an 8.00 ERA (16 earned runs/18.0 innings) in 18 games with New York this season. He was also 1-2 with nine saves a 3.76 ERA (11 earned runs/26.1 innings) in 20 games with Las Vegas. 
     
    Swarzak, 32, is 0-2 with three saves and a 6.00 ERA (14 earned runs/21.0 innings) in 22 games for New York this year.
     

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    Mets roster moves: Steven Matz placed on DL; Corey Oswalt recalled

    The New York Mets announced Friday they have placed lefthanded pitcher Steven Matz on the 10-Day Disabled List (retroactive to August 1) with a flexor pronator strain in his left arm and recalled righthanded pitcher Corey Oswalt from Las Vegas (AAA) of the Pacific Coast League. Oswalt will wear #55 and is scheduled to start Sunday afternoon vs. Atlanta.

    Oswalt, 24, has appeared in six games for the Mets this season and is 1-2 with a 5.27 ERA (16 earned runs/27.1 innings) in those six games (five starts). Over his last four starts at the major league level, Oswalt is 1-1 with a 3.60 ERA (eight earned runs/20.0 innings). He's allowed two or fewer runs in each three of those four outings. Overall, this is Oswalt's fourth stint with the Mets this season (also May 8-15, June 29-July 20 and July 23-27).

    The New York Mets announced Friday they have placed lefthanded pitcher Steven Matz on the 10-Day Disabled List (retroactive to August 1) with a flexor pronator strain in his left arm and recalled righthanded pitcher Corey Oswalt from Las Vegas (AAA) of the Pacific Coast League. Oswalt will wear #55 and is scheduled to start Sunday afternoon vs. Atlanta.

    Oswalt, 24, has appeared in six games for the Mets this season and is 1-2 with a 5.27 ERA (16 earned runs/27.1 innings) in those six games (five starts). Over his last four starts at the major league level, Oswalt is 1-1 with a 3.60 ERA (eight earned runs/20.0 innings). He's allowed two or fewer runs in each three of those four outings. Overall, this is Oswalt's fourth stint with the Mets this season (also May 8-15, June 29-July 20 and July 23-27).

    In 11 starts with Las Vegas this season, Oswalt is 4-4 with a 6.02 ERA (35 earned runs/52.1 innings) with 52 strikeouts.

    In 97 career minor league games (91 starts), Oswalt is 41-22 with a 3.64 ERA (202 earned runs/500.0 innings) and 431 strikeouts.

    Matz is 5-9 with a 4.35 ERA (52 earned runs/107.2 innings) in 21 starts for the Mets this season.

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    Yoenis Céspedes surgery update

    Mets outfielder Yoenis Céspedes is scheduled to undergo surgery tomorrow to remove bone calcification in his right heel. Dr. Robert Anderson will perform the procedure in Green Bay, WI.
     

    Mets outfielder Yoenis Céspedes is scheduled to undergo surgery tomorrow to remove bone calcification in his right heel. Dr. Robert Anderson will perform the procedure in Green Bay, WI.
     

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