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Mets Morning News: World Series kicks off tonight

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

2015 World Series Game Three: Kansas City Royals v. New York Mets

Meet the Mets

Anthony DiComo answered Mets fans’ questions pertaining to the catching market outside of J.T. Realmuto, the potential of offering Marcus Stroman a qualifying offer, and extension talks between the team and Michael Conforto.

Tim Britton made arguments for and against keeping manager Luis Rojas heading into the new Steve Cohen regime. (Paywall Alert)

SNY examined the team’s payroll situation, which should allow them to go after big name free agents and extend their own stars.

Jay Horwitz spoke with Endy Chavez on the 14th anniversary of his iconic catch in Game 7 of the NLCS.

Around the National League East

Following an agonizing Game 7 loss, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution believes the Braves’ 2020 season should be remembered fondly despite being a success and a failure.

Atlanta’s future rests on the arms of their talented, young starting pitchers.

Mark Melancon thanked Braves fan for a memorable 2020 season following their Game 7 loss.

Bryce Harper has an opinion on who should be the next Phillies pitching coach.

The Nationals hired Jim Hickey as their pitching coach.

Was Daniel Hudson’s rough 2020 a fluke, or a cause for concern?

Max Scherzer is selling his Virginia mansion for the low, low price of $15 million.

Around Major League Baseball

The Dodgers and Rays will meet in a World Series like no other amid the coronavirus pandemic, on a neutral site with limited crowds.

Fangraphs previewed the Fall Classic.

The Dodgers and Rays announced the starting pitchers for tonight’s Game 1. Los Angeles will go with Clayton Kershaw, while Tampa Bay will counter with Tyler Glasnow.

This year’s World Series matchup is a referendum on baseball’s economics.

CBS Sports looks at how the Dodgers built their NL Championship roster.

Will the Dodgers finally get their World Series reward this year?

Los Angeles is favored to win their first world title since 1988.

Jeff Passan explored the plays and decisions that led to LA’s series victory and got them back to the World Series.

Mookie Betts’ World Series showcase is just what baseball needs.

The Rays, who own MLB’s 28th highest payroll, slayed the team with the highest payroll (Yankees) and the fourth-highest (Astros). Now, they have one more giant foe to slay.

In Dan Shaughnessy’s opinion, while Tampa Bay is easy to root for, they are also bad for baseball. (Paywall Alert)

Washington Post Columnist Thomas Boswell detailed the reason why he’s sitting this year’s World Series out after 44 years of covering it for the Post.

Cody Bellinger was so hyped after hitting the go-ahead home run in the seventh inning of Sunday night’s Game 7 that he dislocated his shoulder during the celebration.

Despite once again falling short of managing a team to a title, Dusty Baker belongs in the Hall of Fame.

The MLBPA announced that they are launching an annual award in honor of Curt Flood, which commemorates the 50th anniversary of his judicial fight against the reserve system.

Signs seem to point to the Yankees cutting payroll in 2021. I’ll believe it when I see it.

The Reds promoted GM Nick Krall to lead the club’s baseball operations department.

Yesterday at Amazin’ Avenue

I reminisced about the Mets’ 2015 sweep over the Cubs as we finished our series looking back at every Mets’ NLCS appearance.

Episode 84 of From Complex to Queens went up and concluded the Alderson Avenue trilogy of episodes!

This Date in Mets History

Happy 67th birthday to Mets legend, stache aficionado, should-be Hall-of-Famer, broadcaster extraordinaire, and, most notably, Seinfeld actor Keith Hernandez!