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AL Central Applesauce - Hernandez SNY contract dispute, Mets look hard at Backman, 7th overall pick

Nice moment for Carlos Gomez last night (scoring division title-winning run) and for the Twins. Not so much though for the Tigers who look like they've got a serious image problem on their hands with Miguel Cabrera. Imagine what would have happened in this town if during the 2007 Met collapse David Wright also had a DUI.

Meet the Mets

SNY has posted a few strong columns this week from both Ted Berg and Howard Megdal. Berg urges Omar to avoid selling his players at low points. Megdal writes about his visit to Citi on the last day of the season.

Keith Hernandez took to discussing his contract negotiations in the broadcast on Sunday. No news yet on whether Hernandez will be back in the booth next season.

The Mets are LIKELY to give Wally Backman a job in the minors.

New York will draft 7th and Carlos Delgado and Fernando Tatis will be Class-B free agents.

Well done. I can't really take issue with that.

Minaya is looking to bring Kevin Towers and JP Ricciardi into the Met fold. That is confidence.

Around the NL East

The Phillies gave their last roster spots to Kyle Kendrick, Antonio Bastardo, and Miguel Cairo. Cairo got the nod over Eric Bruntlett.

Just to make you feel a little bit more nauseous about the Phillies, their World Series trophy traveled 34,292 miles over the past year.

Phil Sheridan writes a fluff piece about Charlie Manuel.

The Marlins cleaned a little house in the coaching staff, reassigning pitching coach Mark Wiley and first base coach Andy Fox.

Fish Stripes takes issue with the Bobby Valentine courting.

Jair Jurrjens was named the NL Pitcher of the Month for September.

Around MLB

Congratulations to the AL Central Champion Minnesota Twins. Caught the game on the radio in the car. Definitely fun. Check out the win probability graph from last night. Brandon Inge is still upset that the umpire didn't rule that he was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded.

The Miguel Cabrera story just gets stranger and stranger. Now he is accused of mocking a fat kid.

Another strange and sad story, a worker passed away in the Dodger Stadium press box. No word on cause of death yet.

More crime to report, Shawn Chacon was arrested for trying to pay $50,000 in gambling debts with bad checks.

And in baseball news, Rob Neyer talks about Bobby Abreu's impact on the Angels.