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Don’t mock Tim Tebow for playing baseball 03.08.17 at 1:07 pm ET
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Don’t mock Tim Tebow for pursuing a career in baseball.

Tebow will make his Spring Training debut against the Red Sox Wednesday, starting at DH for the Mets in a split-squad game in Port St. Lucia, Fla. It’s the most relevant game of the Grapefruit League calendar, but yet, some of the beat writers seem less than enthused about all of the hoopla at the ballpark.

Ten years after Tebowmania first entered our lives, ridiculing the former Heisman trophy winner is passé and stale. While Tebow’s pious public persona may first come across as self-indulgent, it’s apparent his charitable efforts are genuine. This year, his foundation is planning 375 proms across the country for special needs kids. He also says he wants to adopt at least one child from every continent, in order to embrace diversity.

“I think when you look at God’s family, it’s not about color,” he said, via PEOPLE. “Love knows no color. I want my kids to grow up with an appreciation for every single person, no matter what they look like. That’s what unity looks like to me: knowing that you can love people who aren’t the same as you are. I want to teach that message to my kids; I want them to live it.”

Does that sound like a phony to you?

Tebow never asked for all of this attention. When he held a workout last year, not a single MLB team was obligated to show up. But almost all of them did, sending nearly 40 scouts in total. The Mets eventually signed Tebow to a minor league contract and dispatched him to the Arizona Fall League, where he batted .194 in 71 plate appearances with 20 strikeouts. But apparently, they thought highly enough of his performance to invite him to Major League camp.

Make no mistake: there’s probably a marketing component here as well. But that’s not Tebow’s problem. After flaming out in the NFL, he wants to try his hand at baseball. He’s not responsible for the circus he attracts.

Assuming Tebow makes it out of Spring Training, he’ll probably start the season in the lower levels of the minor leagues. That means there’s a chance he’ll be sent to either Kingsport, Tenn. (Rookie League Mets) or Columbia, South Carolina (Low-A Columbia Fireflies). If Tebow is just looking for publicity, there are easier ways to attain it than riding buses throughout the Southeast during the hot summer months.

During the sleepy months of Spring Training, there are few stories more intriguing than a former Heisman trophy winner and first-round NFL pick trying his hand at baseball. Anybody who doesn’t recognize that is being obtuse.

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Wednesday’s Morning Mashup: Mets closer Jeurys Familia arrested for alleged domestic violence; Brandon Marshall almost cried at trade deadline scare 11.02.16 at 8:21 am ET
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Good morning, here is your Wednesday Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

WEDNESDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NBA: Chicago at Boston, 8 p.m. (CSN; ESPN)
NBA: Oklahoma City at LA Clippers, 10:30 p.m. (ESPN)
MLB: Chicago Cubs at Cleveland, 8:08 p.m. (Fox)
NHL: Detroit at Philadelphia, 8 p.m. (NBCSN)
College football: Toledo at Akron, 7:30 p.m. (ESPN2)
Soccer: Champions: Borussia Dortmund vs. Sporting CP, 3:30 p.m. (FS2)
Soccer: Champions: Juventus vs. Olympic Lyon, 3:30 p.m. (ESPN2)
Soccer: Champions: Tottenham vs. Bayer 04 Leverkusen, 3:30 p.m. (FS1)

TUESDAY’S RESULTS:
NHL: Bruins 2, Panthers 1
NHL: Blue Jackets 3, Stars 2 
NHL: Rangers 5, Blues 0
NHL: Senators 2, Hurricanes 1
NHL: Oilers 3, Maple Leafs 2
NHL: Lightning 6, Islanders 1
NHL: Capitals 3, Jets 2
NHL: Sabres 2, Wild 1
NHL: Blackhawks 5, Flames 1
NHL: Predators 5, Avalanche 1
NHL: Ducks 4, Kings 0
NHL: Coyotes 3, Sharks 2
MLB: Cubs 9, Indians 3
NBA: Cavaliers 128, Rockets 120
NBA: Magic 103, 76ers 101
NBA: Pistons 102, Knicks 89
NBA: Pacers 115, Lakers 108
NBA: Heat 108, Kings 96
NBA: Timberwolves 116, Grizzlies 80
NBA: Bucks 117, Pelicans 113
NBA: Jazz 106, Spurs 91
NBA: Warriors 127, Trail Blazers 104

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Jeurys Familia

Jeurys Familia

— Mets closer Jeurys Familia was arrested at his New Jersey home this week on charges of domestic violence.

Around 2 a.m. on Monday, police were called to Familia’s Fort Lee apartment he shares with his wife, Bianca Rivas, and 1 year-old son, Jeurys Jr., to find a victim with visible bruising and scratches.

MLB is investigating the charges.

The 27-year-old Familia was a part of an anti-domestic violence campaign this past season. He was featured in a 30-second ad for the “Not a Fan” campaign by the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence. In the ad, Familia says, “I’m a fan of baseball. I’m a fan of the Mets. I’m not a fan of domestic violence.”

“I am deeply disturbed by the allegations against Jeurys Familia and call on MLB to launch an immediate and thorough investigation,” said New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, who organized the Not A Fan campaign. “The Familia ads will be removed from the campaign.”

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Mets ace Matt Harvey to start opener after passing blood clot in bladder 03.30.16 at 10:21 am ET
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Matt Harvey

Matt Harvey

After a slight scare, Mets fans can rest easy. Ace right-hander Matt Harvey will not miss any time after passing a blood clot in his bladder and is on track to take the mound in Sunday night’s season opener at Kansas City.

Harvey first noticed something was wrong on Sunday, when he felt pain and discomfort that only grew worse throughout the night.

“I didn’t really know what was going on,” Harvey told reporters Tuesday. “I was having trouble using the restroom and, obviously, any time there’s discoloration in your urine, it’s not a great feeling. So I didn’t know what was going on with my stomach, but we had some tests yesterday and everything is fine now.”

After alerting the team of what he was experiencing, he wound up in the hospital instead of in Jupiter, Florida, for the Mets’ spring training game against the Cardinals. After a day of testing and procedures, however, he appears to be back pain-free.

“I guess it started with a bladder infection that created a blood clot in the bladder,” Harvey said. “Passed it yesterday. It wasn’t a great first day of my 27th birthday, but I cleared that and we had a little procedure done this morning just to go in and check the bladder, and everything was clear. I’m cleared to go, cleared to do some minor activities today, and then we’ll be back to normal tomorrow.”

For the Mets, not losing Harvey for any extended time is a relief to say the least. He led the team to the World Series last season after posting a record of 13-8 with a 2.71 ERA in 29 starts.

Team captain David Wright was happy to hear the news Tuesday, after the team was tight-lipped the day before regarding particulars of the situation.

“Obviously from a personal standpoint it’s a relief because you want to see guys in good health,” Wright said. “You never want to see anything else. And then from a baseball standpoint it’s good news as well. Good news on all fronts. Should be ready to roll, and glad it’s basically a non-issue.”

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Mets confirm signing of OF Yoenis Cespedes 01.27.16 at 11:15 am ET
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Yoenis Cespedes

Yoenis Cespedes

The Mets announced their signing of slugger Yoenis Cespedes on Tuesday night. The former Red Sox outfielder signed a three-year, $75 million contract that also includes an opt-out clause after the first year.

Cespedes was acquired by the Mets last year after spending the first half of his season in Detroit. He was by far New York’s biggest offensive weapon, as he enjoyed a career year in the Big Apple. He posted career highs in several offensive categories, including 35 home runs and 105 RBIs. By the end of his run last season he was the recipient of MVP hype.

While the Mets clearly ponied up enough money to keep Cespedes as a fixture in their lineup, they apparently were not the highest bidder. The Nationals reportedly offered Cespedes a deal that would earn him $110 million over five years.

“As I entered free agency, I couldn’t deny the pull to come back and finish what we had started last year. I am excited to finally announce that next season I am coming back to join the New York Mets once again,” Cespedes said in a statement.

Added Mets manager Terry Collins, “It’€™s great to have his big bat back in the middle of the lineup. He really lengthens the lineup and makes everyone around him better. He was a great teammate, and I’€™m really glad he decided to come back.”

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Report: Jay-Z holds meeting with Mets regarding Robinson Cano 11.19.13 at 9:30 am ET
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Robinson Cano likely will be back in New York for the 2014 MLB season, but there’s a chance that the five-time All Star may not be wearing pinstripes.

Two sources told the New York Post that rapper/agent Jay-Z and other members of Cano’s agency team held a “secret meeting” with the Mets on Monday night at a high-scale Manhattan hotel.

Mets COO Jeff Wilpon, general manager Sandy Alderson and assistant GM John Ricco were in attendance for the meeting, which reportedly was initiated by Jay-Z and agents Brodie Van Wagenen and Juan Perez. Cano was not present for the meeting.

Cano, the top prize of the 2014 free agent class, has made it clear that if he cannot get a sizable payday from the Yankees, for whom he has played since 2005, he will look elsewhere. The Yankees and Cano are said to be almost $150 million apart on a new deal, as Cano is seeking a 10-year, $310 million contract while the Yankees responded with an offer of seven years and between $161 million and $168 million.

Jay-Z has made it known that his client is taking marketing as a serious factor in his contract negotiations, making a return to New York, whether it be the Yankees or Mets, seem very likely given the seemingly endless amount of marketing opportunities that New York has to offer.

A potential move to Queens still seems unlikely for Cano, as Alderson stated last week that he couldn’t see the Mets signing a player to a nine-figure deal this offseason. The Mets also already have a solid option at second base in Daniel Murphy, further complicating the situation.

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Johan Santana out for season with lower back inflammation 08.22.12 at 5:49 pm ET
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Johan Santana will miss the rest of the season after an MRI revealed lower back inflammation, the Mets announced Wednesday. Santana will not have to undergo surgery, which is good news for a player who missed the entire 2011 season with left anterior capsule shoulder surgery.

It’€™s also welcome news to the Mets, as Santana is under guaranteed contract for one more season at $25 million and has a $5.5 million buyout on his $25 million team option for 2014.

The 33-year-old had a 3-2 record with a 2.38 ERA over the his first 11 starts this season, including a no-hitter on June 1 against the Cardinals. But Santana went 3-7 with an 8.27 ERA the rest of the way and after spending time on the disabled list with a sprained right ankle, was 0-5 with a 15.63 ERA over his final five outings.

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Video: Mets’ Jose Reyes appears in reggaeton video 07.25.11 at 10:43 am ET
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While the Mets’ Jose Reyes may be playing for a .500 team with numerous financial issues, at least he is finding some success in the music industry. Reyes recently appeared in a reggaeton music video entitled “No Hay Amigo” (“There’s no friend”). The video, produced by reggaeton (an electronic, primarily Latino style of music) pioneer SPKilla, also features musicians Voltio, Vakero, Poeta Callejero and Bigmato.

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Mets’ Francisco Rodriguez OK with setup role for Yankees or Rays 06.24.11 at 12:49 pm ET
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Mets closer Francisco Rodriguez told the Daily News’€™ Kristie Ackert Thursday that he would give up the closer’€™s role if traded to a contending team.

“If I am going to be traded, obviously I want the opportunity to close out games, but if it’s going to be good teams like the Yankees or the Rays, and it’s going to be for two months, I can go out there and help them out,” Rodriguez said.

Ackert wrote that Rodriguez would make a good fit for the Yankees, who have lacked a setup man all season. If Rodriguez accepted that role, his $17.5 million vesting option for 2012 would not kick in, because it is based on finishing games.

Rodriguez said that his no-trade clause would not be an issue.

“Honestly I don’t even know what (teams) are on the no-trade clause, I haven’t even been asked about that yet,” Rodriguez said. “I mean I would definitely love to stay here, but I have to be open to every possibility out there right now.”

Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said he would not be opposed to trading with the Mets, who Ackert wrote may become sellers at the trade deadline in the face of a .500 season and mountain debt.

“I’ve done three deals with them and they were all pretty big,” Cashman had told The News. “[Armando] Benitez was a big name. [Robin] Ventura for David Justice was kind of big deal, our need for their need.

“But it’s complicated because … no one wants to make a mistake in their own backyard. … No one’s going to make that type of mistake too easily. The only way you would typically line up to do something is if the opposing side is so motivated to move whatever they’ve got.”

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Mets owner Fred Wilpon criticizes Jose Reyes, other players 05.23.11 at 1:27 pm ET
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In an interview with The New Yorker that will appear in the May 30 issue, New York Mets owner Fred Wilpon called out some of the biggest names on his team, including shortstop Jose Reyes, right fielder Carlos Beltran and third baseman David Wright.

Wilpon said that Reyes is expecting a contract like the seven-year, $142 million deal given to Red Sox left fielder Carl Crawford. Reyes’ injury history, Wilpon said, will keep him from ever making that much.

On Beltran, Wilpon says the Mets were duped by his performance in the 2004 National League Championship Series against the Cardinals, in which Beltran batted .417 with four home runs.

“We had some schmuck in New York who paid him based on that one series,” Wilpon said. “He’s 65 to 70 percent of what he was.” Wilpon later mocked Beltran by imitating his called third strike that ended the 2006 NLCS against the Cardinals.

Of Wright, Wilpon said: “Really good kid. A very good player. Not a superstar.”

Wilpon also is being sued for over $1 billion for being part of Bernie Madoff‘s 2009 Ponzi scheme. In the same article, Madoff says that Wilpon lacked the resources to fully investigate Madoff ahead of time, so Wilpon was not at fault for what happened.

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Near-bankrupt Mets to pay Bobby Bonilla $30M over next 25 years 05.16.11 at 10:59 am ET
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As if the Mets needed more financial troubles.

New York’s second baseball team is going to start paying ex-slugger Bobby Bonilla, who hasn’t played for the Mets since 1999 and retired from all of baseball in 2001,  $1.2 million per year for the next 25 years ($30 million total), according to the New York Post. Bonilla’s big payday comes per an agreement reached between the two sides in order to secure the player’s exit from Queens. Rather than allowing Bonilla to collect $5.9 million for the final year of his contract in 2000, the Mets agreed to cut him but would start paying off the money in 2011 at 8 percent interest over 25 years.

The current ownership group, which was hurt by the schemes of Bernie Madoff among other financial maladies, have been trying to sell a part of the team to stay financially fit.

Bonilla, on the other hand, has been living quite comfortable in his time since leaving the game. According to the Post, he already earns a $500,000-per-year salary from the Orioles under similar circumstances and $200,000 from a job as a “special assistant” to the MLB Players Association. He also owns an $8 million home in Greenwich, Conn.

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