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Edwin Diaz not planning Travis and Jason Kelce style podcast as Mets pitcher reveals fierce rivalry with fellow baseball star brother

Edwin Diaz has no plans to follow in the footsteps of NFL stars Travis and Jason Kelce and team up with his brother in the podcast world.

The New York Mets pitcher says it’s a “dream come true” for his family that the pair went from the streets of Puerto Rico to the big leagues, but joked to talkSPORT: “I don’t like him that a lot!”

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Mets star Diaz eager for new MLB season after a year awayCredit: Getty

Diaz has become the Mets’ best closer — the pitcher selected for the final innings to close out a victory — since arriving in New York from the Seattle Mariners in 2019.

He won the Trevor Hoffman Award for best reliever in the National League in 2022 after a memorable season, saving 32 games for his team, and fans can’t wait to see him back in action in 2024 after a year out due to injury.

He’s not the only star in the family, though: Alexis currently plays with the Cincinnati Reds, and the brothers will face each other for the first time in over a year when their teams meet in April.

And it seems their relationship has no shortage of sibling rivalry, as well as – like the Kelces’ – brotherly love.

“He’s doing great, I’m really happy for him,” Mets star Diaz told talkSPORT from the club’s spring training base in Florida.

“I can’t wait to start the season and see if we can both make the All-Star Game.” It’s really special, it’s a dream come true for our family. Coming from the bottom, we played together for the first time in the World Baseball Classic. We played each other twice in Major League Baseball. It’s really fun.

“We focus on our job but we talk almost every day. We watch each other’s games and if he has to tell me something, he does. If I see something in him, I call him and say, “You did this right and wrong,” and we try to figure it out every time.

“Is there rivalry between brothers? 100 per cent! We both think the same way because we love to compete. He’s closer and I’m closer, I want to have a better year than him, but at the end of the day I want him to be good too.

The Diaz brothers both love life in Major League Baseball

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The Diaz brothers both love life in Major League BaseballCredit: Getty
Jason and Travis Kelce's New Heights podcast is one of the most popular sports shows right now.

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Jason and Travis Kelce’s New Heights podcast is one of the most popular sports shows right now.Credit: YouTube: @NewHeightShow

“It was a dream to play in the big leagues. I arrived faster than him, but in the end he did it too and I’m really happy with that.

However, when asked if there might be a Diaz brothers podcast in the works, like the Kelce brothers’ popular show New Heights, he replied: “I don’t think so – I don’t like it.” that a lot!

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“If we ever have to create one, we’ll have to talk about it and show people how friendly we are.”

While the majority of MLB teams began the new campaign as part of Wednesday’s Opening Day celebrations, the Mets were forced to wait until Thursday due to rain in New York, delaying their clash with the Milwaukee Brewers.

However, one day is nothing for Diaz, after a year away due to a knee injury he suffered in the WBC with Puerto Rico, and he can’t wait to come back and show the fans what missed them and the team.

“I think we have a really good team this year. I don’t know if we’ll win 100 games, but I’m pretty sure we’ll have a great season and try to make the playoffs,” Diaz said , who played a major tournament. role in the Mets’ memorable 101-win season in 2022.

It was only the fourth time in franchise history that the Mets have amassed more than 100 wins in a season, and Diaz says the current team – led by new manager Carlos Mendoza – is capable of doing it again.

He said: “The 2022 season has been special for us. I think this year we can do something close to that. I feel the atmosphere here in the clubhouse, I feel really happy with the team.

Diaz worked hard in spring training to be ready for the new 2024 MLB campaign

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Diaz worked hard in spring training to be ready for the new 2024 MLB campaignCredit: Getty

“I can tell you about the bullpen, we have some pitchers that are really good. If they have a good season, we will have a good season. They can help me and I can help them. We can have a good season if they perform really well.

“We have a new manager, a new front office, we have new everything. I think they’re really good. I like what they did here. This allowed us to perform well and try to qualify for the playoffs. This is our main objective.

“The coach communicates very well with me. As soon as he got the job he called me, it was really Good from him. I’m happy with him and the way he’s handling things and I can’t wait to start the season.

Diaz’s injury last year was a source of frustration for the Mets and fans. The team just made him the most valuable relief pitcher in baseball history by signing him to a new five-year contract worth $102 million in November 2022.

Four months later, he seriously injured his right knee while celebrating with his Puerto Rico teammates, after closing out a match against rivals the Dominican Republic to send his country to the WBC quarterfinals.

The timing of the injury led to questions about the WBC and whether MLB stars should play, but Diaz has no regrets and explained why representing his country is so important for foreign players playing currently in the United States.

“Baseball is a big sport in Puerto Rico, it’s the No. 1 sport and playing for our country is really important to us,” he said.

Diaz earned the final takedown in the ninth round of Puerto Rico's WBC victory over the Dominican Republic

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Diaz earned the final takedown in the ninth round of Puerto Rico’s WBC victory over the Dominican RepublicCredit: Getty
But he was later carried off the field after being accidentally injured during the team's celebrations.

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But he was later carried off the field after being accidentally injured during the team’s celebrations.Credit: Getty

“We have the chance to represent our nation. Every time the WBC happens, it’s something big. People follow it because we play with a lot of emotion and we want to win the ring.

“Every time we have the chance to play in the WBC, we give 100%. We represent our country and we only get the chance to do it once every four years, and when that time comes you’re like, ‘Oh shit, I must do really well to represent my country.’ because we want to win.

“Every time we are in the locker room, we expect to win and try to do our best. And the atmosphere during matches is also different, especially against the Dominican Republic. We are really close countries. Every time we play against DR, the stadium goes in all directions. It’s really nice to see.

2024 is shaping up to be a special season for Diaz, who is also set to travel with the Mets to British shores this summer to face rivals the Philadelphia Phillies in the MLB World Tour: London Series.

Major League Baseball returns to the United Kingdom for the London Series in June

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Major League Baseball returns to the United Kingdom for the London Series in JuneCredit: MLB

“It’ll be my first time in Europe, it’ll be fun, I’m looking forward to it – the Mets and Phillies will be a big series,” the star said ahead of the Mets’ trip to play West Ham’s London. Stadium.

“I’m going with my whole family so it will be a good trip for us to get out and explore the country.

“My wife really wants to go and my parents are from Puerto Rico too. It will also be a first time for them. It will be a great experience for my whole family.

“I think we have a day or two off, so I’m going to spend those days sightseeing with my family.”

The New York Mets will face the Philadelphia Phillies in the MLB World Tour: London Series 2024, June 8-9 at London Stadium. Tickets on sale now: ticketmaster.co.uk/MLB)ticketmaster.co.uk/MLB

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