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Mets Morning News: The managerial search begins as postseason action continues

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Meet the Mets

The newly unemployed Mickey Callaway released a statement about his firing in which he expressed gratitude to the organization for the past two seasons.

The focus now turns to the search for a new manager, for which there are several potential candidates.

One candidate for the job is former Orioles manager Buck Showalter, who acknowledged that he would like to be considered for it.

Joe Girardi is another contender for the job, and hiring the former Yankees skipper would arguably bring the Mets a certain level of credibility that they didn’t previously have.

While Girardi does want to manage again, it remains to be seen if he will be able to mesh with the Mets front office.

Around the National League East

The Braves, led by a dominating performance by Mike Foltynewicz, tied up the division series against the Cardinals with a 3-0 victory. The series will continue on Sunday in St. Louis.

Stephen Strasburg outdueled Clayton Kershaw through six innings, and Max Scherzer came on for a scoreless inning of relief work to help to the Nationals defeat the Dodgers 4-2. The series is now tied and will move to D.C. on Sunday.

While using Scherzer in relief did help the Nationals secure the win in Game 2, it does leave some measure of doubt about whether he will be able to start Game 3 for them tomorrow.

Atlanta manager Brian Snitker addressed the lack of hustle from Ronald Acuña Jr. in Game 1 of the NLDS.

The Tomahawk Chop performed by fans during games in Atlanta is awful and racist. One person who agrees? Cardinals pitcher Ryan Helsley, a member of the Cherokee Nation.

The Phillies reportedly will not bring back Chris Young as their pitching coach next year following a difficult 2019 season for their pitching staff. One potential candidate to replace him? None other than Mickey Callaway.

Around Major League Baseball

Justin Verlander gave a dazzling performance and Jose Altuve blasted a two-run homer as the Astros won Game 1 of the ALDS 6-2.

The Yankees offense produced ten runs in Game 1 against the Twins, and their bullpen allowed just one run in 4.1 innings of work in a 10-4 victory for the Bombers.

Justin Verlander’s stellar start further cemented his place as one of the better postseason pitchers in baseball history. And if that wasn’t enough, he also had a pretty adorable cheering section.

One of the most exciting parts of the postseason is getting the opportunity to watch some of the young stars of the games perform on the big stage, and SB Nation highlighted six such players to watch this October.

As several MLB teams search for their next manager, many of them will be trying to find the next Aaron Boone.

The Cubs began their managerial search by interviewing bench coach Mark Loretta, and they will continue the process next week with interviews for David Ross, Will Venable, and potential Mets candidate Joe Girardi.

In the aftermath of the layoff of half of Sports Illustrated’s newsroom, Deadspin offered a grim report on the future of the company under the direction of TheMaven, the new controllers of the publication.

Yesterday at Amazin’ Avenue

Allison McCague reviewed Wilson Ramos’s strange first season with the Mets.

Joe Sokolowski provided the final “This Week in Mets Quotes” post of the 2019 season.

Maggie Wiggin discussed the reasons why firing Mickey Callaway was the right decision,

This Date in Mets History

The Mets played in their most recent postseason game three years ago today against the Giants at Citi Field. It was also their only postseason game in 2016, as the club wasted a stellar start by Noah Syndergaard thanks to an anemic performance by the offense and a ninth inning three-run homer surrendered by Jeurys Familia to lose the wild card game 3-0.