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Marc Carig

Marc Carig has covered Major League Baseball since 2008, starting with the Baltimore Orioles ('08), the New York Yankees ('09-'12) and now the New York Mets for Newsday. In related news, he Tweets way too much.

Within Mets, Yankees' Derek Jeter draws an audience

Derek Jeter of the Yankees runs past David

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WASHINGTON -- They looked like boys as they huddled around the phone, looking at the unmistakable image of Yankee Stadium and its departing legend, Derek Jeter.

Minutes earlier, the Mets had just dropped the nightcap of a doubleheader, 3-0, to the Nationals. And the clubhouse functioned with the rhythm of a typical getaway day. Attendants moved equipment into a waiting truck. Players readied...

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Backman on Mets' staff an unlikely scenario for '15

Former Mets' second baseman Wally Backman has led

It’s a move that could pass for the handiwork of a reality television producer. Yet, the Mets have weighed having Wally Backman and Terry Collins share the same dugout next season, a situation rife with the potential for awkwardness.

Still synonymous with the Mets’ glory years in the mid-1980s, Backman’s name has long been popular among fans clamoring for an end to Collins’ managerial tenure.

Backman’s...

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Mets sending scouting contingent for Yasmani Tomas showcase

The Mets will dispatch three scouts to a showcase for Cuban defector Yasmani Tomas, according to sources. The event is scheduled for Sunday in the Dominican Republic. 

Tomas, 23, is a corner outfielder who has developed a reputation for powerful swing at the plate and a strong arm in the field. Playing this season in Cuba, he hit .290/.346/.450 with six homers in 257 plate appearances.

However,...

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What's next for rehabbing Mets ace Matt Harvey

Mets pitcher Matt Harvey works out at the

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CINCINNATI -- We’ll have a few more details in a bit, but here’s a quick rundown of what’s coming next for Matt Harvey, who is about to wrap up his rehab from Tommy John surgery.

-- According to pitching coach Dan Warthen, Mets officials are expected to meet early next week with Harvey in New York about when he will end his rehab schedule and begin his transition into a typical offseason routine....

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Mets hitting coach says Curtis Granderson may need some winter work to fix his swing

OAKLAND, CA - AUGUST 20: Curtis Granderson #3

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MIAMI -- Mets hitting coach Lamar Johnson prefers to leave his players’ swings alone. That’s especially true in the middle of the season, when large-scale adjustments can be difficult to make.

The offseason, however, is a different matter. And that's particularly relevant to struggling Mets slugger Curtis Granderson, who Johnson said may be due for some offseason changes that go beyond just...

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Juan on Juan: Lagares weighs in on his top plays

Mets center fielder Juan Lagares comes down with

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MIAMI -- This week, I asked Mets centerfielder Juan Lagares about his favorite defensive plays of the season. At first, he sounded like a parent who was put on the spot, asked to choose between children.

“Every time I do something good, I like them all,” Lagares said.

This season, he’s done a lot of good. By one advanced metric, Lagares has 30 defensive runs saved, the most of any centerfielder...

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Terry Collins believes LI's Craig Biggio deserves shot to manage

Craig Biggio received the highest percentage of the

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MIAMI -- Terry Collins managed Craig Biggio for three seasons with the Astros from 1994 to 1996. In that time, Collins figured it would only be a matter of time until his All-Star second baseman would become a big league skipper.

“I always told him, ‘one of these days you’ll be managing in the big leagues,’” Collins told Newsday. “And I hope you’ll get one of these guys like you on your team.”

Perhaps,...

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Spot start in plans for Mets prospect Rafael Montero

Mets starting pitcher Rafael Montero delivers a pitch

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MIAMI -- The Mets expect pitching prospect Rafael Montero to make a spot start with the big league club before the season is finished.

“We’re probably going to get him another start here,” manager Terry Collins said on Monday, when he mentioned the possibility of a six-man starting rotation.

Montero, 23, is expected to be promoted once Triple-A Las Vegas wraps up the Pacific Coast playoffs....

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