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Mets Morning News: He made the catch!

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

NLCS Game 7: St. Louis Cardinals v New York Mets Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images

Meet the Mets

The Brewers denied the Mets permission to speak with player of baseball operations David Stearns. New York was interested in having him come over to run their baseball operations.

Billy Beane withdrew his name from consideration for the role of President of Baseball Operations for the Mets. Earlier in the day, Jon Heyman reported that the Mets are very pessimistic about their chances of landing Beane.

The Mets were the butt of some jokes on last night’s ALCS broadcast, as the crew joked about David Ortiz being considered for the Mets’ front office job, with FOX declining permission for the Mets to speak with Big Papi.

So the top three choices are no longer options for the Mets. Now what?

Joel Sherman looked at where the Mets might go now that they’re back at square one.

Will Carroll named some people whom the club might be interested in, including Doug Melvin, Bobby Heck, and Dorian Boyland.

However, it appears Melvin considers it a “young person’s game” and is not interested in the role, while Boyland would rather continue running his car dealership than run the Mets.

Meanwhile, on the managerial front, Jerry Blevins believes Bob Melvin is the right man for the Mets and called him a ‘difference-maker’. But what would it take for New York to pry him away from the Athletics, and are they willing to pay that price?

Tim Britton examined what Javier Báez’s contract might look like, and what that means for the Mets’ chances of retaining him as their long-term second baseman. (Paywall Alert)

With superhero strength and a superstar bat, catcher Francisco Alvarez has become the franchise’s next big hope. (Paywall Alert)

It looks like Hugh Quattlebaum will return to his original role within the organization.

A new episode of Mets in the Morning, hosted by Josh Lewin, went up.

Around the National League East

The Braves travel to Los Angeles with a 2-0 lead in the NLCS as they prepare for Game 3 this afternoon against the Dodgers.

Charlie Morton will take the hill against Walker Buehler at Dodgers Stadium tonight.

Braves fans showed up to Truist Park to see the players and their families off as they prepared for their trip to California.

One player who has struggled, despite the Braves holding a two-game series lead, is Freddie Freeman. Mike Petriello explored how Los Angeles has contained Atlanta’s star first baseman.

There has been a lot of action in this year’s NLCS.

Juan Soto now faces the contract question after his MVP-caliber season.

Around Major League Baseball

The Red Sox routed the Astros 12-3 to take a 2-1 lead in the ALCS. In the victory, Kyle Schwarber hit a Grand Slam to cap off a six-run second, making Boston the first team in history to hit three Grand Slams in a single playoff series.

Sarah Langs listed seven amazing stats from Boston’s blowout win in Game 3.

Daniel Kramer discussed three keys for Houston getting back in this series.

Starting pitchers are working less and less during the 2021 MLB postseason. Fangraphs examined the incredible shrinking postseason starter.

Ken Davidoff wrote about Justin Verlander, who could be an interesting offseason option for both the Yankees and the Mets in their quest to fill the voids in their respective rotations.

Here’s a preview of the 2021-2022 free agent starting pitching class, courtesy of MLB Trade Rumors.

Yesterday at Amazin’ Avenue

Brian Salvatore reviewed the Bench Mob’s performance during the 2021 season.

Episode 138 of From Complex to Queens went live for your listening pleasure!

Steve Sypa provided an update for Week 1 of the AFL.

This Date in Mets History

Endy Chavez made one of the greatest catches in Mets history—nay, in baseball history—on this date in 2006. Nothing else of consequence happened that night, as best I can remember.