"For 33 years, Bud and I have been partners in Baseball, first as fellow owners and then under his outstanding leadership. When the future of our game looked stagnant, Bud's reforms modernized the industry on and off the field -- to the great benefit of the sport and its fans. When Bud became Commissioner, he asked to be judged on the basis of franchise values. I think I speak for all owners when I say that his Commissionership has been a great success as demonstrated by the valuations we enjoy today."
• Juan Lagares was unavailable Thursday after witnessing the birth of his child earlier in the day. The Mets do not expect to place Lagares on paternity leave.
• As part of Fan Appreciation Weekend, Mets players will greet ticketholders in Citi Field's Jackie Robinson Rotunda approximately 90 minutes prior to first pitch Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The Mets also plan to offer discounts on selected retail items, including All-Star merchandise.
Anthony DiComo is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyDicomo. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.