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Meet the Mets

Tim Bogar is the only candidate who has yet to have his third interview for the Mets’ managerial post, due to his participation in the World Series. He is expected to have his interview before the end of the week in what Joel Sherman reports is the “final phase” of managerial interviews.

Tim Britton makes the case for the Mets to really go for it and ignore the competitive-balance tax threshold.

Ken Davidoff of the New York Post outlines five ways in which the Mets fell short of the Nationals.

Reggie Jackson sang Carlos Beltran’s praises and said that he will “manage now or a year or two from now.”

Around the National League East

The Nationals are the World Series Champions. They defeated the Houston Astros 6-2 in Game 7 behind a gutsy performance from Max Scherzer and a go-ahead homer by Howie Kendrick in the seventh. This also marks the first time in World Series history where road teams were a perfect 7-0 in the series.

The Nationals overcame a lot to get where they now stand, writes Joel Sherman, including being nearly dead and buried by May and three straight losses at home in the World Series.

The Nationals were able to help Stephen Strasburg make an adjustment mid-game in Game 6 when they learned he was tipping his pitches. And it changed the momentum of the game.

Strasburg was utterly dominant in the postseason. Michael Augustine of Fangraphs noticed an adjustment he could make that could make him even better in 2020.

Bryan Price is the favorite to be the Phillies’ new pitching coach.

Around Major League Baseball

Emma Baccellieri of Sports Illustrated wrote about why Alex Bregman and Juan Soto have nothing to apologize for.

Ken Davidoff of the Post discussed the internal conflict in baseball between traditionalists and “playing loud,” as MLB’s own ad campaign championed.

Game 6 of the World Series involved a very strange interference call that Mike Oz of Yahoo Sports called “not baseball’s finest moment.

Ahead of yesterday’s Game 7, MLB.com took a look back at every World Series Game 7 in baseball history.

The juggernaut Astros were ultimately done in by a lot of October randomness, writes Ken Davidoff, ultimately demonstrating that just punching your ticket to the playoffs is enough.

The Red Sox and Chaim Bloom could do well to take a page out of the Yankees’ playbook and build more depth in their organization, writes Bradford William Davis of the New York Daily News.

The Red Sox have hired Dave Bush as their pitching coach.

Former Texas Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton was arrested yesterday on a felony charge of injury to a child after abusing his daughter last month. (Content Warning: The linked article contains a graphic description of the incident.)

Yesterday at Amazin’ Avenue

Michael Drago took a look back at Juan Lagares’ last season in a Mets uniform.

On a new episode of A Pod of Their Own, we covered the latest on the Mets’ managerial search and discussed the Astros’ front office scandal.

This Date in Mets History

On this date in 1973, Tom Seaver secured his second Cy Young Award, becoming the first pitcher to earn the honor with less than 20 wins.