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Mets Morning News: Managerial interviews have begun, Nationals and Yankees win

Your Thursday morning dose of New York Mets and MLB news, notes, and links.

Colorado Rockies v New York Mets Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images

Meet the Mets

The Mets narrowed down the prospective managerial candidates and have begun the first round of interviews.

Alex Cora still ranks among those in consideration for the job, but the Mets are just one of several teams interested in his talents.

Robin Ventura’s name has been linked to the managerial vacancy and he received an endorsement from Todd Frazier.

Around the National League East

The Braves’ bullpen was not very good this past season.

The Phillies added two more names to their search for a new manager.

Despite all the drama surrounding Stephen Strasburg, the Nationals defeated the Cubs to force a Game 5. The Nationals will be hosting that game, but fans taking mass transit to the game could face a problem since the Nationals won’t pay to keep extra trains running.

Around Major League Baseball

The Cubs’ bullpen has been a major problem in the series against the Nationals.

Yankees’ slugger Aaron Judge set a new record for most strikeouts in a single postseason series, but despite that the Yankees defeated the Indians to advance to the ALCS.

Red Sox GM Dave Dombrowski would not disclose his reasoning for firing manager John Farrell.

Astros’ third baseman Alex Bregman wrote about what it was like to hit the most dramatic home run of his young career.

Yesterday at AA

Chris McShane wrote about Robert Gsellman’s disappointing season.

Steve Sypa reviewed the Columbia Fireflies’ season.

This Date in Mets History

Quite a few memorable games, both good and bad, happened on this date.

In 1969, the New York Mets played their first World Series game in franchise history. Jerry Koosman came one out shy of pitching a complete game in the 2-1 win.

In 1988, the Mets ran into the unbeatable Orel Hershiser in Game 7 of the NLCS. The Mets lost 6-0 to the Dodgers and their playoff run that year was over.

The Mets would pick up a win in 2000 in Game 2 of the NLCS against the Cardinals on this date. Jay Payton knocked in the go-ahead run in the top of the ninth in the 6-5 win.

In 2006, Carlos Beltran was the hero, for that day, when his two-run home run gave the Mets the win over the Cardinals.

Finally, in 2015 Citi Field hosted its first ever playoff game with Matt Harvey on the mound against the Dodgers. Despite getting down early, the Mets rallied on the way to a 13-7 victory, punctuated by Yoenis Cespedes’s massive home run.