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Mets Morning News: The World Series kicks off tonight

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Meet the Mets

The managerial picture has become (somewhat) clearer: Joe Girardi, Carlos Beltran, Eduardo Perez, and Luis Rojas have been called back to interview for a second time as they look to become the next Mets’ manager. Tim Bogar may also still be in the running.

Each of the remaining candidates come with pros and cons.

Up to this point, it’s been difficult figuring out the team’s managerial game plan.

While the Mets are taking their time hiring the right person, they could be running out of time if said person is Girardi. The former Marlins and Yankees skipper had his second interview with the Phillies on Monday, and the team may be looking to fill their open position as early as Thursday.

Carlos Correa of the Astros has endorsed Beltran. . The two played together on Houston’s 2017 World Series winning club.

Fred and Jeff Wilpon, who refuse to adequately spend the necessary money to fix the on-field product and build a consistent contender, donated $5,400 to Bill De Blasio’s presidential campaign the day before he suspended it.

Around the National League East

The World Series begins tonight, with the Nationals taking on the Astros at Minute Maid Park. Max Scherzer and Gerrit Cole will take the mound for their respective clubs in Game One.

The 115th World Series is a throwback.

Ken Davidoff broke down how the Nationals and Astros stack up.

ESPN examines the Juan Soto Shuffle, which will be on full display this week.

Ryan Zimmerman followed a David Wright-esque path as he finally reached the World Series in his 15th season in the majors.

The Phillies began a “future-shaping week” yesterday by hosting a second-round interview for Girardi.

Around Major League Baseball

Following their AL pennant-clinching victory, Astros assistant general manager Brandon Taubman directed a disgusting comment at three female reporters, praising his team for picking up Roberto Osuna. The closer was suspended for 75 games under MLB’s domestic violence policy in 2018 while on the Blue Jays, and the Astros picked him up while he was still suspended. The comment was gross and came after Osuna blew a save in the game.

The Astros responded with an unsurprisingly weak comment, explaining that Taubman was just trying to support his closer after a tough outing. It is worth noting that two reporters have corroborated Stephanie Apstein’s original story.

Jose Altuve’s aura has powered the Astros to within four wins of their second World Series title in three seasons.

The Yankees received disappointing performances from sluggers Giancarlo Stanton, Edwin Encarnacion, and Gary Sanchez in the ALCS. (paywall alert)

Joel Sherman laid out a path for the Yankees to make the World Series in 2020, arguing that adding Francisco Lindor and Cole will put the Bronx Bombers over the top.

C.C. Sabathia shared a heartfelt thank you to the Yankees organization, the city of New York, and baseball following his retirement.

The Cleveland Indians, in turn, thanked Sabathia for the ten years he spent with the organization from 1998-2008.

Javier Baez of the Chicago Cubs will grace the cover of MLB The Show 20.

Opioids remain a huge problem in Major League Baseball, and more athletes are going to die if the league doesn’t address the issue.

Yesterday at Amazin’ Avenue

Michael Drago reviewed Jeff McNeil’s tremendous 2019 season, which saw him further cement himself as a star.

Steve Sypa kicked off the top five of his list of best minor league pitchers he saw this year with Ryley Gilliam.

Episode 30 of From Complex to Queens touches on the proposed changes that MLB wants to implement in the minors.

Chris McShane covered Mets’ ongoing managerial search and who will be coming back for second round interviews.

This Date in Mets History

On this date in 2000, Game Two of the Subway Series brought us the second major incident between Roger Clemens and Mike Piazza in the season. In the first inning, the Mets’ All Star catcher broke his bat on a foul ball, and the barrel ended up at Clemens’ feet. The fire-baller inexplicably grabbed the bat and hurled it in Piazza’s direction, causing both benches to clear and heated words to be exchanged. Cooler heads eventually prevailed, and the Mets dropped the contest 6-5 to the Yankees and fell behind 2-0 in the series.