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Mets Morning News: Managerial Search 2.0

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

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Meet the Mets

There are some familiar faces on the list of candidates for the second managerial search of the Mets’ offseason.

One name who was not previously considered for the job who may be considered this time around: veteran skipper Dusty Baker.

A lot of people in the Mets universe had takes about the Carlos Beltran situation.

Beltran’s failure to live up to the values of Roberto Clemente will cost him at least one Hall of Fame vote.

Bill Madden of the New York Daily News argues that the Mets have only themselves to blame for the situation they find themselves in as a result of their decision to hire the unexperienced Beltran.

Deesha Thosar, meanwhile, makes the case that the Mets should look for an established big league manager to fill in the managerial hole.

While the Beltran situation has been tremendously unfortunate, the Mets’ roster is still strong enough to make the managerial job an appealing one.

Eduardo Perez commented on the Beltran situation and noted that the Mets have not yet reached out to him about the new opening.

Mets adviser Jessica Mendoza may be soon be out of the Sunday Night Baseball booth at ESPN, and former Mets pitcher David Cone might be her replacement.

Ex-Met pitcher Pat Mahomes is enjoying watching his son find success in a different sport.

Around the National League East

The Good Phight is not Smyling after Drew Smyly signed with the Giants and the Phillies’ rotation depth continues to leave a lot to be desired.

The Nationals are running out of opportunities to add an impact bat to their lineup, but Kris Bryant is still out there.

As has been the case several times in recent years for the Nationals, they will be heading into spring training with a competition for the final spot in their rotation.

Talking Chop provided an overview of where the Braves’ roster stands at this point in the offseason.

Victor Victor Mesa had a mediocre debut season in the Marlins’ minor league system, but he’s made some adjustments in his swing this offseason.

Around Major League Baseball

Relive the utter insanity of January 16th, 2020.

The fallout from the cheating scandal might only get bigger from here, as Congressman Bobby Rush called for a Congressional hearing on the matter.

Recent events have proven that Rob Manfred does not have the confidence of either the game’s fans or its players.

While Mike Fiers has gotten backlash from some corners of the baseball world for speaking out on the Astros’ sign-stealing, he deserves praise for coming forward.

Another person now coming forward with accusations: Rockies pitching coach Steve Foster, who suspects the Brewers of stealing signs against Colorado in the 2018 NLDS.

It’s possible that using cameras to steal signs could be a practice that goes back all the way to Tony La Russa in the 1980s, if former pitcher Jack McDowell is to be believed.

As if things couldn’t get any crazier in the baseball world, the league had to shut down a rumor that Mike Trout received a medical exemption to use HGH.

After spurning the Athletics in order to pursue an NFL career, Kyler Murray is now saying that he would still like to try his hand at being a two-sport athlete.

The Rockies are retiring Larry Walker’s number, making #33 the second Rockies player’s number to be retired after Todd Helton’s #17.

MLB.com speculated on which current players could be Hall of Fame bound.

Yesterday at Amazin’ Avenue

Unsurprisingly, Chris McShane and Brian Salvatore had quite a bit to talk about on the most recent episode of Amazin’ Avenue Audio (The Show).

We’ve officially reached the top ten of Steve Sypa’s top 2020 Mets prospects, with Shervyen Newton taking the number ten spot.

This Date in Mets History

Several recent Mets legends have signed with the team on this date in past years, including Adrian Gonzalez, John Lannan, Omar Quintanilla, and Landon Powell.