SAN DIEGO — Noah Syndergaard spent his first All-Star Game as a spectator, spending batting practice shagging fly balls in rightfield. But perhaps more importantly for the Mets, the righty also threw a baseball for the first time since leaving Friday night’s game with arm fatigue.
During an in-game television interview, manager Terry Collins said Syndergaard played catch and reported no issues.
Syndergaard, 23, has consistently downplayed the sudden loss of his fastball velocity during the fifth inning of his start against the Nationals.
Though Syndergaard averages 98 mph with his fastball, he was clocked in the 91-93 mph range before he was removed. He has reported no pain or discomfort — just general fatigue — and the Mets have not sent him for further tests.
Nationals All-Star Daniel Murphy said “it seemed fitting” to honor Mets general manager Sandy Alderson during baseball’s annual Stand Up 2 Cancer initiative.
Murphy held a placard with Alderson’s name, joining Mets manager Terry Collins and third-base coach Tim Teufel. The GM is fighting the disease.
“Sandy Alderson means a lot to us as people, guys that have been around him, to the organization,” Collins said. “We’re around him. We see the passion, the strength and the courage.”
Salute to Gwynn and Carew
In a pregame ceremony, Major League Baseball announced that the National League batting title will be named after late Padres great Tony Gwynn. The American League title will carry the name of Rod Carew.
Gwynn won eight NL batting titles, tied for most in league history with Honus Wagner. Carew won seven batting titles in the AL.
Carew attended the ceremony alongside members of Gwynn’s family.
In a wide-ranging media session after his exit from the All-Star Game, David Ortiz stood by his decision to retire from the Red Sox at season’s end, though he suggested the possibility of playing in the World Baseball Classic.
Ortiz also encouraged the Red Sox to pursue the Blue Jays’ Edwin Encarnacion to bolster the middle of the lineup once he’s gone. He also suggested that the Red Sox make a run at the Marlins’ Jose Fernandez.
A member of The Tenors, a musical group invited to sing “O Canada,” used the occasion to make a political statement.
During the performance, a member of the quartet held up a handwritten sign that read “All Lives Matter.” The group also altered one of the lines in the song to incorporate the phrase, which sparked debate on social media.
Later, the group apologized in a statement that called group member Remigio Pereira a “lone wolf” for what they called a “disrespectful and misguided lack of judgment.” Pereira has been suspended by the group.
The Canadian anthem was not shown on the U.S. telecast of the game.