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Trevor Bauer, Noah Syndergaard get into Mets Twitter spat

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A friendly jab thrown by Noah Syndergaard at Trevor Bauer for how he picked the Dodgers over the Mets in free agency turned into a full on social media spat between the two pitchers.

Syndergaard, who is recovering from Tommy John surgery, retweeted a post from the Mets’ official Twitter account Friday to take a shot at Bauer, who signed a three-year, $102 million contract with the Dodgers earlier this month. In retweeting the original post, photos of himself and Rob Gsellman laughing at spring training, Syndergaard wrote: “And then he said…… “I’m sorry I chose another team but I’ll donate to your charities!” ”

It was a reference to Bauer apologizing to Mets fans for unintentionally trolling them thanks to a glitch that led to the advertisement of autographed Mets merchandise on his personal website hours before he spurned the franchise. He also agreed to donate $10,000 to four New York-based charities.

Syndergaard’s dig did not sit well with Bauer and his camp. The Cy Young winner’s agent, Rachel Luba replied to Syndergaard’s post by tweeting: “Lol was this an attempt at “throwing shade” … (puzzled face emoji).”

Bauer’s response wasn’t as jovial.

“When mistakes are made, you try to make them right,” he wrote. “I know you wouldn’t know anything about making mistakes though. Hope rehab is treating you well. Was good to see you back throwing.”

He didn’t stop there.

Bauer, who isn’t free of controversy interacting with fans on social media, posted screenshots of aggressive replies Syndergaard wrote on an Instagram video of him pitching shirtless last week.

In them, the 28-year-old righty responded to a fan questioning him posting shirtless images a year after doing so last spring before he needed surgery and missing all of 2020. Syndergaard concluded his response by writing, “it’s humid in Florida and I’m chillin you dumbass.” In another, after a fan wrote he should put a shirt on “u toolbag,” Syndergaard brought the person’s wife in the conversation.

“show it to your wife,” he wrote. “Guaranteed she wouldn’t want to me to put a shirt on… you might actually get laid bc of that but she’ll be thinking of me.”

Bauer, 30, wrote Syndergaard should “treat the fans better” and that there “is no place for personal insults, especially about someone’s wife.”

The former Reds and Indians pitcher has been far from a social media saint. In 2019, he harassed a female college student on Twitter after she called him her “least favorite person in sports.” Bauer responded by writing “Welcome to the fan club” and tweeted at least 17 times, either directly at the women or others regarding the argument over three days. Those posts included a photo he found from her timeline of her drinking before she turned the legal age of 21. Bauer later apologized and vowed to “wield the responsibility of my public platform more responsibly in the future.”

Syndergaard responded to Bauer’s posting of his Instagram exchanges on Friday by writing “keep digging” along with a GIF of someone digging a hole. Bauer’s response was: “See you at the bottom.” Thor then told him to “bring a drone and your mixtape and it’s a deal. #takeajokebro” — in reference to past Bauer controversies. Bauer wrote: “You’ve got yourself a date (handshake emoji).”

At least one of Syndergaard’s teammates found the whole exchange amusing.

“Twitter is all jokes honestly. Lol (shrugging emoji),” responded pitcher Marcus Stroman on Twitter along with a GIF of a man flying a drone.

The Mets and Syndergaard won’t get their first look at Bauer and the Dodgers until and August, starting with a three-game series at Citi Field.

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Observations from Thursday’s Yankees workout:

King for a day

Aaron Boone announced Mike King will start Sunday’s Grapefruit League opener against the Blue Jays at George M. Steinbrenner Field. The right-hander is fighting for a spot in the rotation.

Icy reception

Justin Wilson’s arrival to Tampa was delayed by the winter storm that hit Texas and crippled much of the state. He stayed with his wife and children while they were without power for 30 hours then attempted to drive to Florida. He was slowed by bad road conditions, which forced him to stay in a hotel in Louisiana before finally making it. “It was an interesting few days.”

Caught my eye

Mike Tauchman snapped his bat over his leg after flying out against Domingo German and then came back to homer off Gerrit Cole during live BP. Boone is confident the outfielder is healthy and will bounce back after a disappointing 2020 season.

Friday’s schedule

Workouts for pitchers, catchers and position players as the team prepares for Sunday’s Grapefruit League opener.

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One college student is using Instagram to make MLB cool again

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TAMPA — Alex Tantum represents a minority constituency of sorts: He is a college junior, and his favorite sport is baseball.

When he talks to contemporaries, often, “The first thing they say, when I ask, ‘Why don’t you watch baseball?’ is ‘Baseball is boring,’” Tantum said in a conversation Wednesday. “I think that some of the things that baseball is doing — I think bat flips, more celebrations, embracing players’ personalities — helps the game become less boring,”

In October 2019, Tantum created an Instagram account called “MLB FITS,” championed by the slogan, “The Game is Changing.” Its posts highlight well-dressed baseball players — some on the field, like a recent shot of new Met Francisco Lindor, but mostly off the field, like the Yankees’ Clint Frazier sitting in his highly celebrated shoe closet..

The Frazier post features a comment from Yankees teammate Tyler Wade, and that speaks to what makes this account special: Among its over 21,000 followers are many ballplayers themselves, including Wade, the Padres’ Blake Snell and retired Yankees legend CC Sabathia.

“It’s so important for them to be able to express their personalities,” Tantum said. “It’s good for themselves. It’s good for the game as a whole. It’s good for fans to be able to relate to them. I feel like the players’ outfits are an extension of their personalities.”

Tantum cited the Padres’ Fernando Tatis Jr., the Braves’ Ronald Acuna Jr., the Yankees’ Aaron Judge and Lindor as players whom he believes can compel his generation with the way they both play the game and understand the value of looking good while playing good. A Yankees fan, he ranked Frazier, Wade, Judge, Gleyber Torres, Aroldis Chapman and Giancarlo Stanton (not in that order – they all reside in his top tier) as the team’s best-dressed players.

“My friends are really into the NBA and NFL,” Tantum said. “I think what the NBA does a great job of is marketing the players and letting the players really speak for themselves. I think MLB is doing more of that recently.” Players Weekend, he added, was a personal favorite, and he applauded the formation of the Players Alliance. 

After some talk of celebrations and expressions of emotion, I asked Tantum what he thought of the game itself, given all of the concerns and laments surrounding it.

“I’ve always enjoyed watching baseball. That’s just me as a baseball fan,” he said. “Obviously, there has been a lot of talk about time of the game, shortening the game, putting more hitting into the game, lowering the number of home runs versus strikeouts.”

There are changes that can be made to mitigate that; the attempted deadening of the baseball will be interesting, and fingers crossed that we’ll get pitch clocks and robot umps sooner than later. Ultimately, though, Tantum feels the best way to make baseball more exciting is to have the players be more excited.

“Emotion is good,” he said. “Pitcher celebrations are good, too. There’s always going to be those people who say, ‘I don’t like this. This isn’t the way it’s done,’ and stuff like that. But I think at the end of the day, the players are the ones who dictate what’s going on.”

The game, like the world, is changing. In a week when we saw Mariners president Kevin Mather resign in shame after voicing some fossilized views on players, it’s clear that baseball must further empower its players to be who they want to be in order for the industry to attain its full potential.


This week’s Pop Quiz question came from the late Jan Bottone of Wellesley, Mass.: The 1992 film “Light Sleeper” features a late scene in which a couple of people can be seen wearing baseball jackets, both sporting the same major-league team logo. Which team’s logo is it?


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Your Pop Quiz answer is the Yankees.

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Mets photo day at spring training simply isn’t the same this year.

Pitcher Noah Syndergaard posted a touching message to the Mets’ official Twitter account Thursday morning, paying tribute to Post sports photographer Anthony Causi, who passed away from coronavirus last April at 48.

“Hey Anthony, today’s photo day and it’s just not the same without you,” Syndergaard said. “It pretty much sucks. We’re thinking about you today, and we know that you’re snapping photos from above. Miss you man.”

Causi, on assignment for The Post, was a staple at Mets spring training throughout the last decade, bringing our readers a look at the Mets unlike any other photographer.

During Yoenis Cespedes’ first spring training with the Mets in 2016, Causi chronicled the outfielder’s wild cars, even one day getting a view riding shotgun. On photo day in 2016 Causi also captured the Mets’ vaunted starting rotation of Syndergaard, Jacob deGrom, Matt Harvey, Bartolo Colon, Steven Matz and Zack Wheeler.

And during his stays in Port St. Lucie, Causi developed a friendship with Syndergaard, who was willing to let Anthony try just about anything — including a photo of the right-hander signing an autograph from the ground up.

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