Mets pitchers & catchers starts in 2 weeks

Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer

Two weeks from today, Mets pitchers and catchers are required to report to Spring Training in St. Lucie. Position players must report by Feb. 16, with the team’s first full squad workout on Monday, February 18.

The Mets open their Grapefruit League schedule on Feb. 23 against the Nationals at 1:10 p.m.

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There are lots of players who have already reported. David Wright will likely be there towards the end of next week. Early reporting is becoming a tradition. Terry Collins seems to prefer his players get to camp earlier than later, though it’s not a requirement, but he encourages it, a lot… It doesn’t matter one way or the other to me, as a fan, but I understand the precedent and model he’s trying to set…

As for PSL, I can’t wait. It’s my favorite time of year, because it’s basically sun and baseball with no consequence. It’s more about talent and skill, and not at all about the standings. There is plenty of time for drama, wins and losses after April. In February, it’s nice to just sit back and appreciate how awesome these people are at playing baseball… It’s an honor to be able to go, write and take pictures and video, and do my best to capture the experience and relay it back to other Mets fans who can’t be there. I hope it helps, and I’m looking forward to getting started again…

This year, I’ll be in St. Lucie blogging from Feb. 16 to Feb. 23, covering the entire full week or workouts. Michael Baron will be there the week before, providing photos, video, etc., during the first week of just pitchers and catchers. SNY’s video team, Jeff Goldman and Jason Potere, will be down as well relaying diaries, drills, bullpen sessions, BP, interviews and minor league reports. I’m also happy to have Toby Hyde, Vinny Cartiglia and Brian Erni making the trip, as well, picking up where I leave off.