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Mets Morning News: Internal strife over GM search continues

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Meet the Mets

Within the Mets organization, disagreement continues over organizational structure, which is another factor holding up the GM search, in addition to the debate between old-school and new-school style candidates.

Jeff Wilpon made it clear that no one within the organization is being considered for the GM job. But it’s worth noting that former Mets players aren’t the only ones going on to do great things with other organizations. Their former executives are too, writes Tim Healey. A notable example is current Brewers GM David Stearns, who was once a Mets intern that Omar Minaya wanted to keep on as a permanent hire, but did not get the blessing of Fred and Jeff Wilpon. Now Stearns is watching his team play for an NL pennant.

On a more lighthearted note, Chef Patrick Schaeffer of Citi Field earned the Judges’ Choice Award at the 2018 Burger Bash, part of the New York City Wine & Food Festival.

Around the National League East

On their latest podcast episode, The Good Phight reviews the moves they think the Phillies should make this offseason.

Despite his slump down the stretch, the Braves are confident in Ozzie Albies’ development as a player.

Much like the Mets, the Nationals are likely to peruse the catching market this winter with Matt Wieters’ impending free agency. Is a reunion with Wieters a possibility?

The Marlins’ chances of acquiring Cuban free agent Victor Victor Mesa seem to be rising, as reports say the Orioles’ bonus pool is less than previously reported with the signings of other international free agents. The Orioles were considered the chief competition with the Marlins for Victor Victor Mesa.

The Marlins have outrighted six players off their 40-man roster.

Around Major League Baseball

Justin Turner’s eighth inning home run lifted the Dodgers to victory over the Brewers, evening the NLCS to one game apiece. Dodgers manager Dave Roberts even went as far as to call Turner “the face” of the team.

Justin Verlander faltered early, but settled in and the Astros unloaded against the Red Sox bullpen en route to a 7-2 victory in Game 1 of the ALCS at Fenway Park.

In the aftermath of Brandon Woodruff’s home run in Game 1 of the NLCS, Tyler Kepner curated a list of some of the other most improbable home runs in postseason history.

Dan Szymborski updated the ALCS and NLCS ZiPS projections.

Ken Davidoff reports that the Pirates wanted both Clint Frazier and Miguel Andujar from the Yankees in return for Gerrit Cole in trade last winter and the Yankees balked at giving up both players.

Yesterday at Amazin’ Avenue

Vasilis Drimalitis took a look back at Brandon Nimmo’s breakout season.

This Date in Mets History

Game Three of the 1969 World Series was played on October 14th. It featured the defensive stylings of Tommy Agee, who would go on to be the first Met to win a Gold Glove the following year.