• Long immersing himself in his work with Mets' hitters
  • Less than two weeks after the Yankees dismissed Kevin Long -- who spent eight years in the Bronx working with superstars, including Robinson Cano, Derek Jeter and Alex Rodriguez -- the Mets scooped him up to replace interim hitting coach Lamar Johnson, who had taken over for Dave Hudgens last May. Long's philosophies, it quickly became clear, intersected with the organization's overarching thoughts on pitch selection and strike-zone judgment.

  • Alderson talks baseball data at Sloan conference
  • Mets general manager Sandy Alderson emphasized collaboration and communication as the keys for incorporating new ideas like defensive shifts and catcher framing at the annual Sloan Sports Analytics Conference on Saturday.

  • Young Mets spend leisure time at the rodeo
  • Two months in Florida, spent thousands of miles away from friends and family, can force players to be creative with their free time. So when a group of young Mets -- including Jacob deGrom and Dillon Gee -- discovered a rodeo was taking place at the St. Lucie County Fair on Friday night, they did not need much convincing.

  • Tejada brushes off Reyes' criticism
  • Ruben Tejada brushed aside criticism on Saturday from former teammate and mentor Jose Reyes, who told Newsday he was surprised Tejada has not done more to seize the Mets' shortstop job.

  • Mets' Saturday workout forced indoors by rain
  • Steady rain washed out much of the Mets' scheduled workout on Saturday, leaving players -- with four days until the Grapefruit League season begins -- scrambling to fit in their scheduled exercises.

  • Harvey draws positive reviews after facing batters
  • Matt Harvey, who missed all of last season following Tommy John surgery, threw 43 pitches during two batting-practice stints on the mound, his first against live hitters since Aug. 24, 2013. And although the batters were not swinging, the assessment -- from Mets manager Terry Collins, the players and Harvey alike -- was nothing but positive.

  • Collins watching lefty bench bat competition closely
  • There's a position battle that Mets manager Terry Collins is going to be watching closely for the next month -- the one involving left-handed hitters Matt den Dekker and Kirk Nieuwenhuis.

  • Murphy focused on task at hand with Mets
  • Six and a half years ago, Daniel Murphy arrived in Houston as a little-known 13th-round Draft pick trying to help the Mets win a pennant race. He spent much of the next half-decade trying to prove he belonged -- first in the big leagues, then at second base. Consistently, Murphy defied the odds.

  • Duda to be sidelined from swinging bat for a week
  • What first appeared to be a minor left intercostal strain for Mets first baseman Lucas Duda is lingering. Duda, whom the Mets originally expected to miss only a few days of full-squad workouts, will instead refrain from swinging a bat for at least another week.

  • Harvey set for first spring start on March 6
  • Matt Harvey will take a significant step forward in his rehab from Tommy John surgery on March 6, when he is scheduled to make his first Grapefruit League start against the Tigers. It will be Harvey's first live game action since Aug. 24, 2013, also against Detroit.

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