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Mets Morning News: Jeff’s goodbye Zoom gives us good vibes

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Meet the Mets

The official tally won’t happen until after the World Series, but it appears Steve Cohen has the votes needed to become the next Mets owner.

Steve Cohen’s pending purchase likely won’t be pending much longer.

With the sale looking more and more like a sure thing, Jeff Wilpon held a Zoom call with Mets employees to essentially say goodbye and share the few highs and plentiful lows of his tenure as owner. I can think of quite a few things I would like to say to Jeff if I were on a goodbye call with him.

During the call, Jeff shouted out some of the team’s longtime employees, including Jay Horwitz.

There have been some rumblings about New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio coming in the way of a potential sale. He gave a cagey response to the rumors, saying “This is something our law department is evaluating, we’re going to get to a resolution on this very quickly” before adding, “...the city always has to have a role when there is an ownership change. There’s a process for doing that, the law department is doing its due diligence right now.”

The Mets made a minor roster move yesterday, claiming infielder Robel García off waivers from the Reds and designating Ryan Cordell for assignment.

The Mets would be a perfect place for outfielder George Springer, a UConn alumnus, to write the next chapter of his career. Meanwhile, rumor has it Springer does not want to return to the Astros.

SNY asked fans to vote on whether they think Andres Gimenez or Amed Rosario should be the starting shortstop in 2021. They neglected to include Francisco Lindor as an option.

Around the National League East

Talking Chop broke down the Braves’ 40-man roster heading into the offseason.

The Athletic explored the Phillies’ current 40-man roster and what moves the team might make. (Paywall Alert)

There are a lot of questions for Phillies heading into the offseason, which the Philadelphia Inquirer attempted to answer.

Eliminating the Universal DH may actually help the Nationals in 2021.

Around Major League Baseball

Clayton Kershaw has been exactly what the Dodgers have needed this postseason. If he ends up winning his first career ring, he will have earned it.

There is a lightness to Kershaw this October.

The future Hall of Fame left-hander’s epic playoff redemption is almost complete.

Ken Davidoff wonders if Los Angeles is making the right choice starting Tony Gonsolin in Game 6 with a chance to put an end to the series.

In Game 5, Manuel Margot of the Rays gambled on a steal attempt of home, but it didn’t work out.

In Joel Sherman’s view, a competitive and entertaining World Series has been a great gift to fans amid the coronavirus pandemic.

As MLB ponders what to do with the 2021 season, Commissioner Rob Manfred is claiming that the league is facing $8.3 billion in debt. In my opinion, MLB should stop purchasing avocado toast and should pull themselves up by the bootstraps.

Baseball Prospectus looked at the 2020 season in inequality. (Paywall Alert)

Cardinals President Bill DeWitt III claimed it’s “probably too early” to tell what the St. Louis payroll will look like next year. This puts Adam Wainwright’s and Yadier Molina’s respective futures with the club in doubt.

The Tigers have talked to Yankees 3B coach Phil Nevin about their managerial vacancy. They also spoke with Yankees bench coach Carlos Mendoza.

Yesterday at Amazin’ Avenue

Chris McShane covered the team claiming Robel Garcia off waivers and DFAing Ryan Cordell.

In Episode 85 of From Complex to Queens, the crew looks at Brodie Van Wagenen’s tenure at the helm.

This Date in Mets History

In a moment that brought roughly as much joy to Mets fans as the day we found out about the Wilpons selling, the 1986 Mets finished off the Red Sox to win the second World Series in franchise history on this date.