BACK TO LIT­TLE LEAGUE

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fin­ishes the year with a ca­reer-high 15 wins and 201 in­nings. Af­ter hav­ing to shut down his year early in 2016 to have surgery to move his ul­nar nerve, deGrom had marked 200 in­nings as his goal.

“He’s out­stand­ing. He’s an out­stand­ing kid, out­stand­ing pitcher, one of the best com­peti­tors I’ve ever had and he’s gonna be good for a long time,” Terry Collins said. “Cer­tainly he wanted to pitch to­mor­row, we just said it’s in the best in­ter­est that we don’t. Hope­fully he gets bet­ter.”

DeGrom un­der­stood, but there is a sense of un­fin­ished busi­ness af­ter a dis­ap­point­ing sea­son.

“This is a team game and I am not happy where the team ended up,” deGrom said. “You go out there and you pitch. You have goals you want to meet, but it’s much more fun to meet them when you are win­ning.”

And that is what deGrom hopes the Mets get back to next sea­son. He thinks that if the team can find a way to stay healthy in 2018, they will be back in the play­offs, just like the last two years.

“Look at the amount of guys we missed,” deGrom said. “There for awhile ev­ery day some­body was go­ing down. So get them healthy and next year, I think we’ll be all right.”

The Mets be­gan the sea­son with seven po­ten­tial starters and six spent time on the dis­abled list this sea­son. Steven Matz, who had the same surgery to move his ul­nar nerve that deGrom had last year, and Zack Wheeler, who had up­per arm dis­com­fort, are shut down for

In what seems like an ap­pro­pri­ate move, the Mets will play in Wil­liamsport next sea­son. No, the flail­ing Amazin’s haven’t been de­moted, but they will play in the sec­ond “MLB Lit­tle League Clas­sic” next Aug. 19 at his­toric Bow­man Field against the Phillies.

Ty­ing to­gether their ex­haus­tive cov­er­age of the Lit­tle League World Series to their Sun­day Night Base­ball com­mit­ment, ESPN will broad­cast the game.

The MLB Lit­tle League Clas­sic de­buted this sea­son with the Car­di­nals and Pi­rates. The mi­nor­league ball­park, one of the old­est in the coun­try, was filled with Lit­tle League play­ers, coaches and fam­ily mem­bers. The MLB play­ers ar­rived early in the day and took part in ac­tiv­i­ties tied to the Lit­tle League World Series.

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