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Mets Morning News: Never a normal day with the Mets

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

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Meet the Mets

Even on a day off, the Mets were again the main story for all the wrong reasons, as it was announced that Zack Scott was arrested for driving drunk.

The general manager is facing a D.W.I. charge after failing a field sobriety test at 4:17 a.m. He refused to give a blood sample or take a breathalyzer test. A police officer spotted Scott asleep behind the wheel, according to the charging documents. He is due back in court in White Plains on Thursday.

The Mets released a statement, saying they are “surprised and deeply disappointed” after learning of Scott’s D.W.I., adding that they “take this matter very seriously.” Both Steve Cohen and Sandy Alderson learned of the news on Wednesday morning and were reportedly ‘blindsided’.

Scott was at Cohen’s house for a fundraiser for the team’s Amazin’ Mets Foundation, which was attended by several Mets players. The event reportedly ended by 9 p.m.

Scott will not be joining the team on their upcoming road trip.

Mike Vaccaro believes Scott’s fate was sealed long before his D.W.I.

Dayn Perry of CBS was nice enough to compile a timeline of the club’s bizarre and eventful week.

The Mets need to make sweeping changes to end their culture of toxicity and regain credibility, writes Ken Rosenthal. (Paywall Alert)

Buster Olney presented a similar take on this, saying Cohen must take drastic action to fix the team. (Paywall Alert).

Abbey Mastracco wrote about how Cohen has been exposed as an inexperienced superfan and discussed how he can fix this messy organization.

Meanwhile, David Lennon views this as the latest sign that Cohen needs to clean up this mess.

In normal news, the club recalled outfielders Albert Almora Jr. and Khalil Lee from Triple-A.

While the Mets were off last night due to inclement weather, the search for Javier Báez’s missing earring continued.

Aaron Loup continues to be a bullpen stalwart for New York.

John Harper gave a few predictions for the final month of the season.

Tuesday was Howie Rose’s last game of 2021—it was originally supposed to be Wednesday night, but that contest was rained out—as he prepares for surgery to address a personal medical issue. During Tuesday’s game, the fans gave Rose a warm ovation, and he acknowledged their cheers. Get well soon, Howie!

Around the National League East

The Dodgers scored two in the eighth to beat the Braves 4-3. With that, Atlanta’s lead in the NL East shrunk to two games.

Like the Mets, the Phillies and Nationals were rained out.

Washington is the first MLB club to part ways with full-time employees who are not fully vaccinated. Among them is executive Bob Boone—the father of Yankees’ skipper Aaron Boone—who is resigning from the club rather than fulfilling their vaccine mandate.

Washington reinstated catcher Alex Avila from the 10-day IL, and they also purchased the contract of left-handed pitcher Alberto Baldonado.

Around Major League Baseball

MLB offered to abolish many elements of service time as part of its most recent proposal to the Player’s Association.

Anthony Castrovince of MLB.com made six predictions for the final month of the year.

The MLB.com staff examined one looming question for all 30 teams.

Nathalie Alonso talked about the game that changed baseball.

The Yankees called up Estevan Florial and Brooks Kriske from Triple-A.

The Red Sox had to pull Xander Bogaerts from last night’s game after the start shortstop tested positive for COVID-19.

The White Sox made six roster moves ahead of their game yesterday, including placing All Star shortstop Tim Anderson on the injured list (retroactive to August 29).

The Mariners awarded GM Jerry Dipoto and manager Scott Servais multi-year extensions.

In going 5-for-5 with five runs batted in, an inside-the-park homer, and a regular homer, ex-Met Amed Rosario did something on Tuesday that had never happened in a major league game before.

The Orioles are the latest club to require vaccinations for all full-time and year-round Part Time employees. The deadline to remain employed by the club is October 31.

Kenta Maeda underwent Tommy John Surgery and could return in 9-12 months.

The Cardinals and Reds split a doubleheader. In Game 1, Paul Goldschmidt hit two home runs to help St. Louis edge Cincinnati 5-4. In Game 2, it was Nick Castellanos’ turn to record a multi-homer game, and the Reds dropped a seven-spot in the second to crush the Cardinals 12-2.

The Giants lost 5-2 to the Brewers and, in the process, fell out of the top spot in the NL West.

The Diamondbacks defeated the Padres 8-3 to avoid the sweep.

The Rockies rocked the Rangers 9-5.

Gerrit Cole struck out 15 batters over seven innings as the Yankees snapped their four-game losing streak with a 4-1 victory over the Angels.

In the battle of ex-Mets, Steven Matz outdueled Matt Harvey, and the the Blue Jays held on to beat the Orioles 5-4.

The Red Sox snapped the Rays’ nine-game winning streak with a 3-2 win.

The Tigers erased a three-run deficit and defeated the Athletics 8-6.

Cleveland scored two in the eleventh to earn a 5-3 victory against the Royals.

Despite only picking up three hits, the Mariners blanked the Astros 1-0.

The Cubs shut out the Twins 3-0.

Yesterday at Amazin’ Avenue

Episode 100 (!!!) of A Pod of Their Own went live for your listening pleasure! With it came the launch of #Dollars4Dingers2021! You can make your #Dollars4Dingers2021 pledge here, and join the APOTO team and the rest of Amazin’ Avenue crew on September 25th at 5:00pm at Katch in Astoria, Queens.

BreakingT turned the ‘thumbs down’ controversy and Gary Cohen’s iconic call from Tuesday’s afternoon win into a t-shirt.

This Date in Mets History

The Mets, who most recently retired Jerry Koosman’s number 36, retired Casey Stengel’s number 37 on this date in 1965. The first skipper in franchise history was also the first to have his number retired by the club.