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Mets Morning News: Death of Taveras shocks and saddens baseball world

Your Monday morning dose of New York Mets and Major League Baseball news, notes, and links.

Michael Thomas

Meet the Mets

Joel Sherman says that instead off moving in the Citi Field walls, the Mets should learn from teams that have success playing in big ballparks.

Here's an updated picture of the outfield construction in Flushing.

Adam Rubin reports that Lucas Duda may be part of the MLB tour of Japan this November. I'm sure the Mets first baseman will be a big hit overseas.

SB Nation's Fake Teams fantasy blog is getting a head start on the 2015 season and they project Travis d'Arnaud to be quite valuable -- in both fantasy and reality -- next season.

Around the Majors

Tragic news struck the baseball world on Sunday when we learned that Cardinals outfielder Oscar Taveras had been killed in an automobile accident in his native Dominican Republic. Taveras, at just 22 years old, was among the most promising young players in the game.

The Star-Ledger has some reactions of Taveras's passing from around the baseball world.

The Giants defeated the Royals 5-0 last night to wrap up the San Francisco portion of the World Series. Madison Bumgarner pitched all nine frames for the first complete game shutout in the Fall Classic since Josh Beckett accomplished the feat 11 years ago. The Giants lead the World Series 3-2 and have a chance to clinch their third title in five years with a victory on Tuesday in Kansas City.

Former White Sox and Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen says that he would love to return to the bench in Chicago if the Cubs decide to bring in Joe Maddon.

Here's a fun video of the Giants imitating their manager Bruce Bochy. Kevin Burkhardt even chimes in at the end with a Star Wars reference.

Around the NL East

Tim Brown of Yahoo! Sports talked with Giancarlo Stanton about the slugger's meeting with Hank Aaron as well as the healing process that his face is going through.

Yesterday at AA

On this date in 1986, the Mets won Game 7 of the 1986 World Series and Jon Niese was born. In 1989, Ruben Tejada was born.