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Mets Morning News: Managerial search heats up

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The Mets are set to speak to four individuals for their managerial vacancy.

The Mets asked the Rays to interview bench coach Matt Quatraro, and Tampa Bay granted the club permission. Quatraro recently spoke with the Athletics about their managerial opening.

The Mets have also asked to speak with Astros bench coach Joe Espada, who is considered a ‘serious’ contender for the position.

The club has also reached out to Brad Ausmus, who has prior experience managing the Tigers and with the Angels. The club interviewed him via Zoom yesterday.

Ausmus joins a growing list that includes the aforementioned Quatraro and Espada, as well as Buck Showalter.

One former major league outfielder gave a ringing endorsement of Showalter’s credentials, as did a former Mets’ skipper.

The club is lining up candidates to fit an experienced mold, writes Ken Davidoff.

Tim Britton examined where the club’s roster stands at the start of the lockout. (Paywall Alert)

Ron Darling compared Max Scherzer coming to Queens late in his career with Tom Brady heading down to Tampa Bay to join the Buccaneers. We can only hope similar results will follow.

Justin Toscano discussed what the lockout means for the Mets and their rabid fanbase.

The Mets thanked Gil Hodges for his contributions to the franchise in a congratulatory video following the announcement that he had been voted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.

Hodges’ family is understandably ecstatic following the revelation that he will be enshrined in Cooperstown.

Vin Scully congratulated the entire Hall of Fame class, giving special attention to Hodges’ election, which he called “delightful”.

A panel of MLB.com writers debated Billy Wagner’s Hall of Fame candidacy.

Around the National League East

As the Nationals universe continues to cope with Scherzer pitching for a division rival, Mark Zuckerman pondered whether pitching for the Mets will impact the overwhelmingly positive reception he would have received upon his return to Nationals Park.

Talking Chop reviewed Atlanta closer Will Smith’s roller coaster ride of a season.

Pinstripe Alley believes the Yankees need to make Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman an offer he can’t refuse.

Around Major League Baseball

R.J. Anderson of CBS Sports graded every team’s offseason prior to the lockout.

Kiley McDaniel broke down a wild start to free agency before the lockout. (Paywall Alert)

Mike Bell, former bench coach for the Twins, was named the “Chief Bender Award” recipient, which goes to the individual with distinguished service who has been instrumental in player development. Bell lost his battle with kidney cancer in March.

Yesterday at Amazin’ Avenue

Lukas Vlahos graded the Scherzer signing and, while he gave the move high marks overall, wondered whether the alternative options would have made a better use of the team’s funds.

Episode 145 of From Complex to Queens went live for your listening pleasure.

This Date in Mets History

Happy Birthday to the pride of Whitestone, and saver of Johan Santana’s no-hitter, Mike Baxter! The former Mets outfielder turns 37 years old today.