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Mets Morning News: With Stearns and Beane unlikely, new names emerge as Mets front office candidates

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With the Mets unlikely to pry either David Stearns or Billy Beane away from their current teams, their front office search may now pivot to promoting an assistant general manager from another club to general manager or promoting a GM to president of baseball operations, reports Andy Martino of SNY. Martino also notes that acting GM Zack Scott has “made a very strong impression” on Sandy Alderson and Steve Cohen and it remains a possibility that he will be promoted.

Dodgers assistant GM Brandon Gomes is a name that has been floated as a potential candidate for the job, but the Dodgers will promote him to general manager to keep him in the organization, according to reports.

Bill Madden of the New York Daily News speculated on what could have been if the Mets hire Chaim Bloom instead of Brodie Van Wagenen during their last GM search.

As we approach the 15th anniversary of Endy Chavez’s legendary catch, Matthew Roberson of the New York Daily News interviewed Chavez and others who were involved in the play.

The Mets tweeted a link to some of the photos Marcus Stroman captured during the 2021 season.

Around the National League East

The Braves walked off the Dodgers in Game 1 of the NLCS. Austin Riley was responsible for the game-tying homer and the walk-off knock for the Braves.

Braves starter Max Fried threw 23 consecutive strikes against the Dodgers in Game 1 of the NLCS last night—a feat that has not been accomplished in postseason play in the past 20 years.

New Phillies hitting coach Kevin Long will be in Clearwater next week to work with Alec Bohm.

Fish Stripes published a list of “Marlins killers” in 2021. Michael Conforto made the cut for the controversial hit by pitch call that won the Mets a game against Miami.

Around Major League Baseball

The Red Sox beat the Astros 9-5 in Game 2 of the ALCS, evening the series at one game apiece. Rafael Devers and J.D. Martinez each hit a grand slam, marking the first time a team has hit two grand slams in a postseason game in MLB history.

Former Met Billy McKinney did not make the Dodgers’ roster for the NLCS.

Speaking of former Mets, Kevin Plawecki talked to Ken Davidoff of the Post about how his time in New York prepared him for the spotlight and the tweaks to his swing that have helped him thrive in Boston.

This Date in Mets History

Happy anniversary to one of the most iconic moments in franchise history: the Grand Slam Single.