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Mets Morning News: Mets decline Luis Rojas’ option for 2022

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

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Meet the Mets

Yesterday, the Mets declined Luis Rojas’ contract option for the 2022 season, meaning that his tenure as Mets manager is at an end. “These decisions are never easy,” team president Sandy Alderson said in a statement. “But we feel a change is needed at this time.” A statement from Rojas read, “I want to share such heartfelt gratitude to so many in the Mets organization for not only the last two seasons as manager, but for the last 16 years in a variety of roles. In each and every position I held, striving for excellence was our daily mission. I will always hold the relationships and friendships, developed over the years, dear to my heart, and am forever grateful to have been able to wear the Mets uniform for so long.”

Mets owner Steve Cohen thanked Rojas for representing the Mets “with dignity and calm during two extremely trying years” in a tweet yesterday.

The Mets will not fill their managerial vacancy until they hire a president of baseball operations to make the hire. Anthony DiComo of MLB.com considers what the Mets might be looking for when it’s time to make that decision.

“Again, it’s all press reports,” said Billy Beane about all of the rumors surrounding him and the Mets. But he did mention that they are a compliment to the organization and would neither confirm nor deny that the rumors were true.

John Harper of SNY gave each Mets player (and Luis Rojas and front office staff) a grade for the 2021 season. Unsurprisingly, most of them are not pretty.

Tim Britton of The Athletic reviewed all the big decisions the Mets need to make this offseason—and there are a lot of them.

Marcus Stroman tweeted that he is “definitely open to” a reunion with the Toronto Blue Jays, as he heads to free agency.

Katie Baker of The Ringer took a look back on a year of Steve Cohen tweets.

Around the National East

The Good Phight published their postmortem of the 2021 Phillies.

Bryce Harper’s assessment of the Phillies’ situation included pointing out a need for more home-grown talent in the organization.

Nationals manager Davey Martinez indicated to reporters on Sunday that the Nationals will not be making a change at pitching coach, but there could be turnover in other positions.

The Braves drew 2.3 million fans at home this season, which is the second-highest attendance in Major League Baseball.

Max Fried was named National League Pitcher of the Month for the month of September.

Around Major League Baseball

MLB announced the broadcast schedule for the 2021 playoffs yesterday.

MLB released its list of most popular MLB player jerseys for the 2021 season, based on sales from the MLB shop since opening day. Javier Báez, Francisco Lindor, and Jacob deGrom all made the top 20.

The staff of The Athletic made their predictions for the 2021 Postseason.

The October issue of Sports Illustrated is highlighting America’s hidden sports gems and one of them is a custom-built sandlot baseball field in Austin, Texas.

The National League Wild Card game will be the last game Joe West umpires before he retires.

MLB.com did a breakdown of how each of the 2021 postseason teams were constructed.

Don Long will not return as the Orioles’ hitting coach in 2022.

Yesterday at Amazin’ Avenue

I brought you the final position player meter of the 2021 season.

There was a new episode of From Complex to Queens, on which our minor league team discussions the abhorrent conditions minor league players deal with.

This Date in Mets History

On this date in 2016, Noah Syndergaard pitched a gem in the Wild Card game against the Giants. We won’t talk about what happened after that, but it is certainly one of the things Syndergaard will be remembered for during his time as a Met.