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Mets Morning News: The 2017 season is officially over, Terry Collins’s tenure reaches its conclusion

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

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Meet the Mets

The final game of 2017 went much like the Mets’ season, once Noah Syndergaard was out everything fell apart. Syndergaard looked fantastic in his two-inning appearance but Chris Flexen did not. The defense let Flexen down a bit and the Phillies piled on against Rafael Montero late. The offense was shut down by Phillie pitching and all told it was just another Sunday, but mercifully this was the final one of the year for the Mets.

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Terry Collins officially stepped down as the manager but will remain in the organization. By resigning Collins got to go out on his own terms and he put the organization first even though the organization did not always treat him with the respect he had earned.

Across town, Joe Girardi weighed in on how he viewed Terry Collins as a manager.

The search for a new manager will now begin and it will again be up to Sandy Alderson to find the right candidate.

Dan Warthen could be the next coach on the chopping block, but Noah Syndergaard remained adamant in his defense of the coach.

Besides finding a new manager, there are quite a few areas of uncertainty that the Mets need to address this offseason.

The failings of the season aren’t all on the coaches. There were many circumstances that led to the Mets being a 70-win team.

Keith Hernandez’s season might not be totally finished. He is reportedly joining Fox to lend his commentary to the playoffs.

With their loss on Sunday, the Mets will get the sixth pick in the 2018 draft.

Around the NL East

The Braves ended their season with a win over the Marlins. Atlanta will get the eighth pick in next year’s draft.

The bullpen fell apart and Giancarlo Stanton ended his season with 59 home runs in the Marlins’ loss.

The Phillies’ bats were out in full force against the Mets in the season finale.

The Nationals dropped their final game of the year to the Pirates, but they have a date with the Cubs next. Max Scherzer’s hamstring is a concern as Washington prepares for the NLDS.

Around the Majors

The 2017 playoffs will begin Tuesday when the Yankees take on the Twins in the AL Wild Card game.

There are a multitude of storylines and intriguing characters in the story of the 2017 playoffs.

The Yankees finally announced they will be putting up protective netting at Yankee Stadium, as the father of the young girl hit by the ball talked about the scary incident.

Pablo Sandoval hit a walk-off home run for the Giants, and in the process cost them the number one pick in next year’s draft.

Adam Wainwright will undergo surgery this offseason but he is expected to be back in the Cardinals’ rotation in 2018.

Yesterday at AA

Chris McShane wrote about Terry Collins’s resignation.

Episode 256 of Amazin Avenue Audio wrapped up the 2017 season.

This Date in Mets History

After eight impressive years with the Mets, in 2005 Mike Piazza donned a Met uniform for the last time and said goodbye to the Shea Stadium crowd.

In 1961, Casey Stengel was introduced as the first manager in team history.