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Mets to play record home games; unveil security rules for spring training



New York Mets at Tradition Field

The St. Louis Cardinals will travel from Jupiter to play the New York Mets at Tradition Field three times during spring training this year. GREG GARDNER PHOTO

BY GREG GARDNER

New York Mets tickets have been selling quickly as the team will play a record 17 home games during this year’s spring training.

The Mets (87 wins, 75 losses) made the playoffs last year only to lose in a one-game playoff to the San Francisco Giants.

The Mets at home will face seven different teams including the Boston Red Sox and Atlanta Braves for one game and three against the Washington Nationals, who made the playoffs last year. The largest crowds are expected for the home games with the Red Sox, Nationals and St. Louis Cardinals.

Tradition Field and the Mets will also host the Florida Marlins and the Houston Astros for four games, the St. Louis Cardinals for three visits and the Detroit Tigers twice.

New Major League Baseball security rules have tightened for entry to practice facilities and people should prepare for security checks with metal detectors. The Mets prohibit selfie sticks, folding chairs, drones, air horns, full-size ball bats, food and drink.

Parking and practice field admission is free with gates opening about 9:30 a.m.

Former football star Tim Tebow is expected to practice within the Mets minor league system with no word on whether he will play in any spring training games.

The Mets have a strong stable of pitchers and hope they will stay healthy to get the team to the playoffs for the second year in a row. The 2015 team won the National League pennant,but lost in the World Series to Kansas City in five games.


METS 2017 SPRING TRAINING SCHEDULE


• Friday, Feb. 24 at Boston 1:05 p.m.
• Saturday, Feb. 25 vs. Washington 1:10 p.m.
• Sunday, Feb. 26 vs. Detroit 1:10 p.m.
• Monday, Feb. 27 vs. Houston 1:10 p.m.
• Tuesday, Feb. 28 at Miami 1:05 p.m.
• Wednesday, March 1 at St. Louis 1:05 p.m.
• Thursday, March 2 vs. Miami 1:10 p.m.
• Friday, March 3 vs. Houston 1:10 p.m.
• Saturday, March 4 at Houston 1:05 p.m.
• Sunday, March 5 vs. St. Louis 1:10 p.m.
• Monday, March 6 at Miami 1:05 p.m.
• Wednesday, March 8 at Houston 1:05 p.m.
• Wednesday, March 8 vs. Boston 1:10 p.m.
• Thursday, March 9 vs. Detroit 1:10 p.m.
• Friday, March 10 at Atlanta 1:05 p.m.
• Friday, March 10 vs. Houston 1:10 p.m.
• Saturday, March 11 vs. Washington 1:10 p.m.
• Sunday, March 12 at Detroit 1:05 p.m.
• Monday, March 13 vs. Miami 1:10 p.m.
• Tuesday, March 14 at Houston 1:05 p.m.
• Wednesday, March 15 at Miami 1:05 p.m.
• Thursday, March 16 at Washington 1:05 p.m.
• Friday, March 17 vs. St. Louis 1:10 p.m.
• Saturday, March 18 at St. Louis 1:05 p.m.
• Sunday, March 19 vs. Miami 1:10 p.m.
• Monday, March 20 at Detroit 1:05 p.m.
• Wednesday, March 22 vs. Miami 1:10 p.m.
• Thursday, March 23 at Washington 1:05 p.m.
• Friday, March 24 vs. Houston 1:10 p.m.
• Saturday, March 25 at Atlanta 1:05 p.m.
• Sunday, March 26 vs. Atlanta 1:10 p.m.
• Monday, March 27 at Miami 1:05 p.m.
• Monday, March 27 vs. Washington 1:10 p.m.
• Tuesday, March 28 vs. St. Louis 1:10 p.m.
• Wednesday, March 29 at Atlanta 1:05 p.m.

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