Morning Briefing: General Manager Rumors Aplenty

Good morning Mets fans! The rumors on who will be the next Mets general manager have been swirling and we saw that in effect yesterday.

Latest Mets News

The Mets are expected to interview Gary LaRocque to potentially fill their general manager position.

Mike Puma of the New York Post originally reported on Thursday that the Mets had interest in Dan Duquette for their GM position. However, Anthony DiComo of MLB.com reported a few hours later that Duquette is not a candidate for the Mets in their search.

The Mets will part ways with Binghamton hitting coach Val Pascucci, St. Lucie pitching coach Marc Valdes and Kingsport manager Sean Ratliff, in addition to Las Vegas pitching coach Frank Viola per DiComo of MLB.com.

Yahoo Sports released their 2018 All-MLB Team which included Jacob deGrom who appeared as one of the team’s starters after unanimously appearing on all 60 ballots.

Andres Gimenez (no. 55), Peter Alonso (no. 58), Jarred Kelenic (no. 62) and Justin Dunn (no. 89) all made MLB Pipeline’s top 100 prospect list.

Latest MLB News

There’s a full slate of games today with the Cleveland Indians and Houston Astros kicking off the day at 2:05 p.m. EDT. Second up is Game 2 of the Colorado Rockies and Milwaukee Brewers series after the Brew Crew took the first game in dramatic fashion on Thursday night. That game will begin at 4:15 p.m. EDT. The New York Yankees and the Boston Red Sox will then play the first game of their series at 7:32 p.m. EDT, and the day wraps up with the second game between the Atlanta Braves and the Los Angeles Dodgers at 9:37 p.m. EDT.

The Brewers walked off against the Rockies in the 10th inning on Thursday. After the Rockies scored two runs in the ninth to tie things up at 2-2, Mike Moustakas hit a RBI single in the 10th inning to end the game.

Marc Carig and Eno Sarris co-wrote an article for The Athletic that explained how Brian Cashman has embraced analytics rather than just spending money like in years past.

Ben Reiter of Sports Illustrated interviewed Chris Correa who is currently serving 46 months in prison for hacking the Astros’ internal database when he was with the St. Louis Cardinals organization.

The Astros made TIME‘s list of the 50 most genius companies of 2018.

Baseball America named Shohei Ohtani as their 2018 MLB Rookie of the Year.

Latest NL East News

The Braves dropped Game 1 of the NLDS to the Los Angeles Dodgers by a score of 6-0 on Thursday night at Dodger Stadium.

Mark Zuckerman of MASN Sports took a look at the Washington Nationals’ biggest needs this offseason.

Josh Ellis of Yahoo Sports discussed the odds of whether or not the Philadelphia Phillies land Bryce Harper in free agency.

The Miami Marlins hope to have a sort of home field advantage when it comes to luring in Victor Victor Mesa, Victor Mesa Jr. and Sandy Gaston during free agency according to Joe Frisaro of MLB.com. The team will hold a workout for the three Cuban players today and all 29 other teams are invited.

Latest on MMO

Michael Mayer tackled the question of whether deGrom could fill David Wright‘s shoes as face of the franchise.

Carl Aridas wrote the first part in his “Let’s See Your Mets Memorabilia” series. In this part he shared his 1969 Mets pennant.

Matt Musico analyzed which parts of the Mets roster was most and least valuable in 2018.

This Day in Mets History

1969: The Mets beat the Braves 11-6 in Game 2 of the NLCS.

1988: The Mets fell 6-3 to the Dodgers in Game 2 of the NLCS.

1999: The Mets beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 8-4 in Game 1 of the NLDS.

2000: The Mets defeated the San Francisco Giants 5-4 in the 10th inning of Game 2 of the NLDS.

2006: The Mets defeated the Dodgers 4-1 in Game 2 of the NLDS.

2016: The Mets were eliminated from the playoffs after losing 3-0 to the Giants in the National League Wild Card Game.

Birthdays: Rey Sanchez turns 51 and Brent Gaff turns 60. Dennis Bennett was also born on this day in 1939.

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John is a communication major with a concentration in media production and a minor in English at Manhattan College. He was also a production intern at The Dr. Oz Show. John aspires to make a career out of his passion for sports. He is the sports editor for Manhattan College's newspaper, The Quadrangle. He was formerly a managing editor for Last Word On Baseball of the Last Word On Sports network and was an editor for Mets Merized Online. He now serves as a senior writer for MMO. You can follow John on Twitter @John97Jackson.