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

Division Series - Los Angeles Dodgers v New York Mets - Game Four Photo by Michael Heiman/Getty Images

Meet the Mets

The Wilpons era ended on Sunday: Not with a bang, but with a whimper. (Paywall Alert)

SNY handed out their final marks for the 2020 Mets, and they were not pretty overall.

Tim Healey examined the team’s roster, including who is a free agent and who might leave.

If you’re sad there’s no Mets baseball to watch, cheer yourself up by watching Pete Alonso mic’d up and getting weird with his teammates.

MLB has amended its rules for 2020 rookie status. The new rules means Andres Gimenez will not be considered a rookie in 2021.

Jacob deGrom recently wore custom Tom Seaver cleats which will be auctioned to benefit More Than Baseball. Jake is one of several MLB players who have worn, and will wear, these custom cleats, which are a part of baseball’s most ‘creative’ initiative. (Paywall Alert)

Set your DVRs for this Thursday, because David Wright will be a guest on Late Night with Seth Meyers!

Speaking of which, Wright believes that Steve Cohen can transform the Mets into a “perennial winner”.

Around the National League East

Derek Jeter is back in the postseason as CEO of the Marlins. He has a whole new perspective this time around.

The Marlins are letting go of farm director Dick Scott and minor league catching coordinator James Quirk, whose contracts were set to expire on October 31.

The Phillies are mulling the future of General Manager Matt Klentak. A team source does not think they will let go of their GM.

Philadelphia has a number of players from this year’s roster who may have played their last game with the team, including 2021 Mets Opening Day catcher J.T. Realmuto.

Bryce Harper is doing his part to make sure his club retains Realmuto for the long term.

The World Series may be diminished for some, but the Atlanta Journal-Constitution doesn’t believe that’s the case if the Braves win.

Talking Chop looked at how the Braves might beat the Reds.

Pablo Sandoval will be on Atlanta’s postseason roster.

The 2019 world champion Nationals went from champs to chumps thanks to a combination of age and injuries.

With their bleak season over, the Nationals must figure out how to judge it.

Around Major League Baseball

ESPN shared its comprehensive 2020 Playoff Preview.

ESPN also made their predictions at which teams will triumph this postseason.

CBS put together their power rankings of the clubs vying for glory this October.

Sports Illustrated broke down their power rankings for the teams that made it into the 2020 MLB playoffs.

Ranker attempted to answer the ten biggest questions ahead of today’s action.

Giancarlo Stanton will have the opportunity to shed his ‘playoff choker’ legacy this year, much like Alex Rodriguez did during the Yankees’ 2009 run.

The Giants missed their chance at the playoffs, and went down on a highly-questionable third-strike call to end their season. The ever-inconsistent strike zone was a big issue throughout the 2020 baseball season.

On the “Big Time Baseball” podcast, Rob Manfred told Jon Heyman and Tony Gwynn Jr. that MLB playoffs will feature either 12 or 14 teams in the future and endorses the man-on-2nd rule in the future. He also talked the Cohen approval timeline.

Baseball Prospectus explored the problem with opponent quality when looking at the 2020 NL Cy Young award.

Tom Verducci gave us the numbers that defined a strange season.

While there were some incredible performances, nobody came close to matching what Ichiro Suzuki did over 60 games in 2004.

Braves’ first baseman Freddie Freeman and Indians’ third baseman Jose Ramirez were the National League and American League Players of the Month, respectively.

Brewers’ right-hander Devin Williams and Angels’ righty Mike Mayers were the National League and American League Relievers of the Month, respectively.

Yesterday at Amazin’ Avenue

Chris McShane reviewed the team’s 2020 bullpen.

Episode 81 of From Complex to Queens went up and discussed the future of the minor leagues and the draft!

This Date in Mets History

On this date last year, Dominic Smith capped off the MLB season in style with an pinch hit, walk-off three-run homer in the 11th inning to give the Mets their 86th win of the season. It was Smith’s first at-bat in two months after landing on the IL with a stress facture in his foot.

One year earlier, on this date in 2018, David Wright played the final game of his incredible career, going 0-1 with a walk in two plate appearances before departing in an emotional moment. The game would crawl into the 13th inning scoreless before Austin Jackson drove home Michael Conforto for the game’s lone run to give New York the victory.

Way back in 2007, in the second-to-last game with their season hanging in the balance, John Maine carried a no-hitter into the eighth against the Marlins and fell four outs short of becoming the first Met to accomplish the feat. The offense came to play, scoring 13 runs on 19 hits, and the benches cleared at one point. In the end, the Mets picked up an easy victory to jump back into a tie for first in the NL East, and the final game of that season mysteriously never happened.