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Mets Morning News: Vic Black healthy, Giants win the World Series again

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

Alex Trautwig

Meet the Mets

Members of the team stopped by a Staten Island elementary school for a service project on the anniversary of Hurricane Sandy. While there, borough president Jim Oddo took a little (whiffle ball) batting practice off of Vic Black.

Speaking of Vic Black, he is healthy and should return to regular training soon.

In the wake of Joe Maddon apparently becoming the Cubs' next manager, Bill Price from the Daily News feels it's been a long time since the Mets have really gone for it. reviews Matt den Dekker's season.

Around the Playoffs

Madison Bumgarner threw five brilliant innings of scoreless relief as the Giants won Game 7 of the World Series 3-2 over the Royals in Kansas City.

Here's four things to take away from the Giants' victory, a look at some of their "old school" tactics during the series, and a retrospective of the Royals' great season.

Around the Majors

The Braves appear ready to extend a qualifying offer to Ervin Santana.

The Reds will not pick up the options of Ryan Ludwick and Jack Hannahan.

Could the Red Sox make a play for Pablo Sandoval?

Las Vegas police have declared that in the case of Jose Canseco shooting himself while cleaning a gun the other day, no crime was committed.

Yesterday at AA

Our season reviews continue with Wilmer Flores and David Wright.