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Mets Morning News: Happy birthday to The Franchise and happy belated to the Doc

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

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Meet the Mets

James Rosen writes in the Post about what Tom Seaver means to the Mets and to the city of New York. The legendary pitcher turns 70 years old today.

Yesterday was the 50th birthday of Dwight Gooden, and The Star-Ledger honored him with video highlights of some of his greatest moments.

Metstradamus chimes in with his thoughts on Doc.

Rising Apple finds a Hall of Fame voter who has changed his mind (in a good way!) about Mike Piazza.

Around the National League East

The Red Sox have reportedly shot down at least two trade proposals involving Cole Hamels that the Phillies have sent their way.

Meanwhile, the Braves sent Tommy La Stella to the Cubs in a move that only adds to Chicago's pool of young and talented middle infielders.

Around the Majors

The Rangers have some middle infield depth and are therefore willing to "listen" to trade offers regarding Elvis Andrus. The Mets are known to desire a shortstop.

The Mets are likely done shopping for expensive outfielders, but just in case, the Dodgers appear most willing to part with Andre Ethier.

Beyond the Box Score thought it would be fun to compare baseball's iron men from the past three seasons.

Although the MLB All-Stars were no-hit on Saturday night, Justin Morneau hit a three-run bomb at the Tokyo Dome on Sunday to pace his squad to a 6-1 win over Samurai Japan, who leads the five-game series 3-1.

Yesterday at Amazin' Avenue

Michael McCarty profiled James Shields, a free agent pitcher who will most likely not factor into the Mets' offseason plans.

Somewhat more affordable is veteran lefty Francisco Liriano, who Ben Margolin looked at yesterday in his Amazin' Avenue debut.

Steve Schrieber pitched in with a profile of Adam LaRoche, a killer of Mets, and apparently of elk as well.

On this date in 1944, Tom Terrific was born.