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Mets Morning News: Nationals and Cardinals and Polar Bears, oh my!

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

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Meet the Mets

Eduardo Perez will interview for the Mets’ managerial opening, making him the sixth known candidate for the role.

The team has already interviewed quality control coach Luis Rojas for the job.

Sam Fuld will not add his name to the list of candidates vying for the position. The former outfielder and current Major League player information coordinator for the Philadelphia Phillies declined to interview with the Mets, the Chicago Cubs, and the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Anthony DiComo broke down things to watch for as the Mets search for a new manager.

Paul Sewald almost quit baseball following the 2016 season. During the offseason, he taught Spanish 1 at his high school alma mater in Nevada, gave pitching lessons, and worked part-time at his mother Judi’s accounting firm. After deciding to stick with the game that he loved, he finally got his shot with the Mets in 2017.

A polar bear was filmed walking around a baseball field in Manitoba, Canada. Pete Alonso appears to miss baseball as much as the rest of us and is ready to return to action.

Around the National League East

The Washington Nationals hosted the first NLCS game in franchise history on Monday night. They jumped ahead with a four-run third inning and never looked back as they defeated the St. Louis Cardinals 8-1 to take a commanding 3-0 series lead.

Following another terrific start from Stephen Strasburg on Monday, the Nationals’ rotation has been on a serious roll this postseason.

Nationals’ pitcher Daniel Hudson had a truly life-altering weekend as he and his wife Sarah welcomed the birth of his third child.

Former Nationals’ skipper Matt Williams will manage in the KBO (Korean Baseball) after agreeing to a three-year deal.

The Phillies are ramping up their managerial search. They interviewed Buck Showalter yesterday and will speak with Joe Girardi and Dusty Baker this week.

Cherokee and Creek tribal chiefs urged the Atlanta Braves to end the tomahawk chop, saying the chant reinforces decades-old stereotypes.

Around Major League Baseball

The New York Yankees host the Houston Astros in Game Three of the American League Championship Series this afternoon after the teams split two games at Minute Maid Park. Luis Severino and Gerrit Cole will get the nod for their respective clubs.

Cole, who grew up a Yankees fan and pitches tonight, was made for the Yankees but may haunt them forever.

Aaron Boone announced that Game Four will be a bullpen day.

Yordan Alvarez, Astros’ phenom and the odds-on favorite to win the American League Rookie of the Year Award, got to where he is today thanks to the love and support of his father, his family, and his community.

After 14 years as pitching coach for the Los Angeles Dodgers, Rick Honeycutt has been assigned to a special assistant role. In announcing the decision, team president Andrew Friedman revealed that former Cubs pitcher Mark Prior will take over the role. Prior had served as the club’s bullpen coach for the past two seasons.

The search for answers continues following the untimely passing of pitcher Tyler Skaggs.

The MLBPA announced the finalists for 2019 Players Choice Awards Comeback Player in the National League and American League.

Major League Baseball has lost the public’s trust with respect to the construction of their baseballs, argues Evan Drellich of The Athletic. (Paywall alert)

MLB will open up a 17,000 square foot flagship store in Manhattan next summer. The store will be located at 50th Street and 6th Avenue.

Yesterday at Amazin’ Avenue

Michael Drago put together a comprehensive update on the Mets’ managerial search.

I reviewed Steven Matz’ uneven 2019 season, which includes some terrific performances mixed in with some terrible appearances.

On a new episode of From Complex to Queens, the hosts talk about the Brooklyn Cyclones and their championship-winning 2019 season.

Steve Sypa continued his series of the 11 best minor league pitchers he saw in 2019. Coming in at number 10 is Nick MacDonald.

This Date in Mets History

On this date in 1986 and 2015, the Mets advanced past National League West opponents on the road in the playoffs.

In 1986, the Mets outlasted the Astros in a marathon 16-inning Game Six at the Astrodome, earning a hard fought 7-6 win and a trip to the World Series for the third time in franchise history. The Mets trailed 3-0 through eight and were staring down a date with Cy Young winner Mike Scott in Game Seven. New York rallied for three in the ninth to send the game into extra innings and went ahead in the 14th on a Wally Backman single. Houston tied it up in the bottom of the inning off Jesse Orosco, but the Mets put up their second three-spot of the contest in the 16th to jump ahead 7-4. The Astros battled back off a tired Orosco and pulled to within one, but Orosco struck out Kevin Bass with his breaking ball to give the Mets the series-deciding victory.

In 2015, the Mets topped the Dodgers 3-2 to move on to face the Cubs in the NLCS. Without his best stuff, Jacob deGrom battled through six solid innings after allowing two runs in the first. With the game tied at two, Daniel Murphy blasted a home run off Zack Greinke in the sixth, and Noah Syndergaard and Jeurys Familia combined for three scoreless innings to close the series.