Good morning on this waterlogged Friday.
Major League Baseball’s season opener is Sunday and for Yankees and Mets fans, all eyes are on the teams’ younger players.
The Yankees’ season will be defined by the team’s commitment to youth and to those who have come up through minor league teams, according to Billy Witz, who covers baseball for The New York Times.
“The Yankees have always been able to maintain a championship contender by opening their checkbook, signing the high-priced free agents that other teams couldn’t afford, and just collecting talent that way,” Mr. Witz told us.
“But in the last few years, that hasn’t worked very well. So they’re trying a new way of business, to maintain and develop young talent, which is cheaper and has worked very well for other teams.”
The Yankees’ first baseman Greg Bird and the catcher Gary Sanchez are two players to watch.
And the Mets have ”five or six pretty promising young pitchers,” Mr. Witz said, singling out Noah Syndergaard, Jacob deGrom and Matt Harvey as those to keep an eye on.
So how does all of this bode for the coming season?
The Mets are likely to get further than the Yankees, Mr. Witz predicted.
“Both teams have some pretty promising young players, but the Mets are more established,” he said, “a little bit older with a proven record in the league. So that lends their prospects a little more credibility.”
The Mets have also journeyed to the playoffs two years in a row, “so they clearly have visions for the World Series,” Mr. Witz said.
“The Yankees are probably not a playoff team this year because they’re unproven,” he added. “These players have proven themselves in the minor leagues to be very good, but that doesn’t always translate to success at the major league level.”
So this will be a chance for Yankee fans to see what the future might look like and how much promise — or false hope — there really is.
The Yankees play the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field on Sunday at 1:10 p.m., and the Mets host the Atlanta Braves at Citi Field on Monday at 1:10 p.m.
Here’s what else is happening:
There’s no curveballs today, just nonstop rain. All day.
The afternoon is looking particularly foul, when blustery winds will make the high around 40 feel below freezing.
Hair forecast: soaked Spalding.
Saturday looks similarly soggy. But Sunday looks grand: warm and sunny.
• As a midnight deadline and federal cuts loom, possible agreements in the state budget have emerged. [New York Times]
• The cable news channel NY1 laid off about a dozen employees this week; many of them were beloved on-air figures. [New York Times]
• In the race for New Jersey governor, a Democratic challenger accuses one of his opponents of violating finance rules. [New York Times]
• A Manhattan appeals court ruled that a civil rights law prevents the disciplinary records of city police officers from being publicly released. [New York Times]
• The city reached its lowest jobless rate ever, at 4.3 percent or “full employment.” [Crain’s New York, subscription required]
• The Department of Transportation plans to redesign Broadway near Madison Square Park, creating a “shared space.” [Streetsblog NYC]
• There is no “inner city” in Brownsville, Brooklyn, just overlooked strengths, writes Ginia Bellafante in “Big City.” [New York Times]
• The police say a woman known as the “spitting lady” of the Upper East Side was arrested — for spitting. [DNAinfo]
• Mayor Bill de Blasio is trying out sideburns. [CBS]
• Today’s Metropolitan Diary: “Bread Crumbs Scattered on the Sidewalk”
• Scoreboard: Flyers shoot past Islanders, 6-3. Pistons throw off Nets, 90-89.
• For a global look at what’s happening, see Your Friday Briefing.
• Meet 18 mummies — from ancient Egypt and pre-Columbian Peru — at the new exhibition at the American Museum of Natural History on the Upper West Side. [Times and prices vary]
• Ports of Call, a new exhibition at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, shares stories and souvenirs from the foreign adventures of the ship’s 3,000 crew members. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. [Prices vary]
• It’s L.G.B.T. night at the Orchid Show at the New York Botanical Garden in the Bronx. 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. [$35, tickets here]
• The piano masters Toshiko Akiyoshi and Barry Harris, who specialize in jazz and bebop, perform at Flushing Town Hall in Queens. 8 p.m. [$42, tickets here]
• Movie buffs: The Havana Film Festival, celebrating Latin American cinema, and Kino! 2017, spotlighting German film, continue at venues across the city.
• Rangers host Penguins, 7 p.m. (MSG2). Islanders versus Devils, 7:30 p.m. (MSG+). Knicks at Heat, 8 p.m. (MSG).
• Smorgasburg — an open-air food market known as “the Woodstock of Eating” — returns to the waterfront in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
• Kick off baseball season on a trolley tour through Green-Wood Cemetery in Sunset Park, Brooklyn, where you’ll learn about the baseball greats buried there. 11 a.m. [$30]
• The Queens Farmhouse Museum Children’s Carnival brings rides, a petting zoo, games and entertainment to Queens Farm Park. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., through Sunday. [$15]
• Hoping to become a food blogger or Instagram sensation? The “historic gastronomist” Sarah Lohman leads a class on smartphone food photography at the Prospect Heights Brainery in Brooklyn. 11 a.m. [$32, sign up here]
• We’re down to the Final Four of March Madness. Here are some spots to watch the games around the city.
• New York City FC hosts San Jose Earthquakes, 2 p.m. (YES). Nets host Magic, 6 p.m. (YES). Devils at Flyers, 7 p.m. (MSG+). New York Red Bulls at Houston Dynamo, 8:30 p.m. (MSG).
• Watch “The New York Times Close Up,” featuring Robert Draper, who writes for The New York Times Magazine, and other guests. Saturday at 2 and 10 p.m. on Spectrum News NY1.
• Prepare for Passover at Matzapalooza! — where children can search for matzo and more — at the Museum of Jewish Heritage in Lower Manhattan. 10 a.m. [$10]
• Children can rock out to the music of the Grateful Dead at a concert at Brooklyn Bowl on Wythe Avenue. 11:30 a.m. [$12, tickets here]
• A family-friendly production of “The Wizard of Oz,” followed by a meet-and-greet with the cast, at St. George Theatre on Staten Island. 4 p.m. [$22, tickets here]
• See “America’s Sweethearts,” a singing group focused on music from the 1930s and ’40s, at Q.E.D. in Astoria, Queens. 8:30 p.m. [$10]
• Knicks host Celtics, 1 p.m. (ABC). Yankees at Rays, 1:10 p.m. (YES). Islanders at Sabres, 3 p.m. (MSG+). Nets host Hawks, 6 p.m. (YES). Rangers host Flyers, 7:30 p.m. (NBCS).
• For more events, see The New York Times’s Arts & Entertainment guide.
• Subway and PATH
• Railroads: L.I.R.R., Metro-North, N.J. Transit, Amtrak
• Roads: Check traffic map or radio report on the 1s or the 8s.
• Alternate-side parking: in effect until April 11.
• Ferries: Staten Island Ferry, New York Waterway, East River Ferry
• Airports: La Guardia, J.F.K., Newark
• Weekend travel hassles: Check subway disruptions and a list of street closings.
Happy 150th birthday, Prospect Park.
Brooklyn’s flagship park, completed in 1867, was imagined by Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux, “the same minds which transformed that ‘howling wilderness’ of Manhattan Island to the most magnificent public garden in the world,” The Times wrote that year.
The construction of the park uncovered relics — like “mingled balls and bones” — from the Revolutionary War.
“The ground will be preserved as nearly as possible in its early shape, and distinctly marked for the veneration of future generations,” The Times reported.
That means you.
You can celebrate the anniversary all weekend with a parade, a puppy mixer, a campfire, carousel rides, historical running tours and more.
Mayor de Blasio and re-enactors of the Brooklyn Atlantics, a baseball club organized in 1855 and named after Atlantic Avenue, will also attend.
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