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Sandy Alderson expected to remain with the Mets beyond this season

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Mets GM Sandy Alderson’s contract expires at the end of this season, but as Mike Puma of the New York Post reports, he’s expected to stay on with the Mets, possibly as “President of Baseball Operations” as a means of matching the title-elevation going on around the league, but still serving the same role he always has, with assistant GM John Ricco as his chief lieutenant.

Alderson turns 70 soon and has had some health scares, but as Puma notes, the ex-Marine has shown no flagging on the job and, according to the folks he spoke to, seems as energetic and connected as he ever has.

As for the job he’s done: hard to blame him for what has happened to the Mets this year. Unless he’s somehow secretly injuring Mets players as some massive covert operation funded by the Washington Nationals.

Baseball to honor Stoneman Douglas High School as spring training games begin

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There were a few exhibitions against college teams yesterday but today the Grapefruit League and Cactus League schedules begin in earnest, with big league teams, more or less, facing big league team, more or less.

The baseball will look like baseball, but the teams will be wearing different caps today: black caps with the maroon “SD” of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, where 17 people were killed in a mass shooting on February 14.

All teams and umpire crews will wear the caps pre-game, and they have the option to wear the caps during the games. The only two teams not playing today — the Royals and Rangers — will wear them tomorrow.

After the games players will sign the caps and they will be auctioned off to raise money for the Broward Education Foundation, which benefits the official Stoneman Douglas Victims’ Fund.

Here’s today’s schedule: