PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- A day after their first full-squad workout, the New York Mets again hit the back fields in Port St. Lucie at 10 a.m. ET Saturday.
Before the workout, Mets players also will sit through a domestic-violence-training seminar. That topic has been in the news of late considering recent alleged instances involving ex-Met Jose Reyes as well as Aroldis Chapman and Yasiel Puig.
On Sunday, soon-to-be-inducted Hall of Famer Mike Piazza is due to report to Mets camp as a guest instructor.
SATURDAY’S NEWS REPORTS:
In a meeting Friday before the first full-squad workout of camp, manager Terry Collins told the players to embrace being the hunted. Read more from columnist Ken Davidoff in the Post as well as news stories in the Post, Record and at NJ.com and MLB.com.
Matt Harvey used his slider and had late life on his fastball when he faced batters Friday for the first time during spring training. That appears to bode well for 2016. Read more in the Post, Newsday, Record and at NJ.com.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is moving closer to banning smokeless tobacco for players and spectators at Citi Field and Yankee Stadium. The Boston city council imposed such a ban at Fenway Park late last season. Read more in the Post and Daily News.
Ruben Tejada reacted Friday to MLB’s new sliding rules, saying: "I think they tried to keep the middle infielders safe and healthy.” Watch video here. Meanwhile, Kristie Ackert in the Daily News wonders if the Mets will cut Tejada later in spring training and be responsible for only one-fourth or one-sixth of his $3 million salary. Read more on Tejada at NJ.com and MLB.com.
Columnist Mike Bauman at MLB.com predicts bigger and better things for the Mets after winning the National League pennant in 2015.
BIRTHDAYS: Pete Smith turns 50.
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