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Meet the Mets

After leading the Cyclones to a championship, in a stunning move manager Edgardo Alfonzo did not have his contract renewed by the organization. Instead he is being reassigned as an ambassador for the club.

Joe Girardi finally interviewed for manager with the big league club and should be exactly what the team is looking for.

Yesterday was the 20th anniversary of the Grand Slam Single and Tim Britton of The Athletic wrote an absolutely incredible oral history from those who lived it (paywall alert).

Around the National League East

The Braves have nine players that are due for arbitration raises which could lead to the team making some tough choices when it comes to their personnel.

Dusty Baker, Buck Showalter, and Joe Girardi are all interviewing for the Phillies managerial position.

Around Major League Baseball

The Astros are one win away from returning to the World Series after taking down the Yankees 8-3.

C.C. Sabathia’s final appearance of his career unfortunately ended with an injury.

It got ugly at Yankee Stadium when fans had to be escorted out after taunting Zack Greinke’s anxiety disorder.

Before the game the Astros and A.J. Hinch addressed the accusations of sign stealing and MLB stated they found no wrongdoing on their part.

John Smoltz sat down with The Athletic and discussed a variety of topics including stealing signs and whether or not he hates baseball (paywall alert).

Yesterday at Amazin’ Avenue

Bryce Hutchinson came in at number 7 on Steve Sypa’s countdown of best minor league pitching performances. Steve also wrote about Alfonzo’s release as manager.

Richard Staff reviewed Jacob Rhame’s eventful season.

This Date in Mets History

On this date in 2015, the Mets went up 2-0 in the NLCS against the Cubs behind a dominant Noah Syndergaard.

In 2006, they forced a Game 7 against the Cardinals in the NLCS after taking down Chris Carpenter in Game 6.