AP Photo/Kathy WillensKevin Long served as the Mets' hitting coach the last three seasons under Terry Collins.

Mets hitting coach Kevin Long reportedly has made a favorable impression as the club searches for a new manager.

Many people fell victim to the devastating fires that recently swept across Santa Rosa, California, destroying their homes and precious belongings. 

Among them was 9-year-old Loren Jade Smith, who lost his home and his entire baseball memorabilia collection. Smith wrote to his favorite team, the Oakland Athletics, in the wake of the fires to let the team know what happened to his things. Since the A's caught wind of Smith's letter, the young boy's story has gone viral, and multiple teams and MLB players have taken to social media to support Smith.

With so many people offering to contribute, perhaps this young baseball fan will have a thriving new collection in no time.

--Meaghan Latella


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Doug Murray/Icon SportswireAlex Cora is in high demand this week as the Astros continue the ALCS against the New York Yankees.

Astros bench coach Alex Cora reportedly has drawn interest from all four teams looking for new managers.
Carlos Osorio/AP PhotoThe Mets have reportedly spoken with Brad Ausmus, whose contract was not renewed by the Tigers.

The Mets have reportedly spoken with Brad Ausmus, who was recently let go by the Tigers after managing them for the past four seasons.

New York Mets buying Triple-A Syracuse Chiefs

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SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- The New York Mets are buying the Triple-A Syracuse Chiefs as they work toward centering more of their minor league baseball operations in their home state.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo confirmed the deal Monday, calling it "a home run that ensures the Chiefs stay right where they belong while the next generation of `amazin' greats is fostered right here in central New York."

Cuomo is scheduled to appear in Syracuse on Tuesday at NBT Bank Stadium, the team's home, for a formal announcement. The Mets will make Syracuse their top minor league affiliate beginning in 2019.

New York's current Triple-A affiliate is in Las Vegas, and the distance has led to problems with quick call-ups after injuries and extra-inning games. The Mets had a Triple-A affiliate in Buffalo from 2009-12 before moving to Las Vegas.

The Post-Standard of Syracuse first reported the change in ownership.

The International League franchise has been community-owned since 1961 and has been affiliated with the Nationals for nine years. Washington's player-development contract with the Community Baseball Club of Central New York Inc. team was through the 2018 season.

The Mets also own the Binghamton Rumble Ponies of the Double-A Eastern League.


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Hank Aaron Award finalists announced

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On Monday, Major League Baseball announced the finalists for the Hank Aaron Award, which has recognized the most outstanding offensive performer in each league since it was established in 1999.

Balloting for the award consists of votes from fans and a panel of Hall of Fame players led by Aaron himself.

Here are the finalists for each team:

The winners of the 2017 Hank Aaron Award will be announced during the World Series.


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New York Mets third baseman David Wright had a laminotomy procedure on his lower back Thursday in Los Angeles, the team announced.

The Mets did not give a timetable for Wright's return to baseball activities.

The procedure, which is typically done to alleviate nerve compression in the back by removing a bony layer over the spinal canal, comes about a month after he had surgery to fix the rotator cuff in his right shoulder.

"Throughout this entire rehab process, I have been driven to get back on the field as quickly as I can," Wright said in a statement. "That's why I had the shoulder surgery and that's why today I underwent back surgery to reduce the risk of further issues going forward. With these two surgeries behind me, I hope to be able to put on a Mets uniform again as soon as possible. My desire to play is as strong as ever."

Wright, who is guaranteed $47 million by the Mets over the next three seasons, last played in the majors in May 2016 and had surgery the following month to repair a herniated disk in his neck. He was diagnosed with spinal stenosis in 2015 and appeared in only 75 regular-season games between 2015 and '16, plus 14 postseason appearances.

The seven-time All-Star spent the majority of this year rehabbing at the club's spring training complex in Florida, eventually playing in three games for Class A St. Lucie in late August before being shut down with pain in his throwing shoulder.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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Jacob deGrom's locks are gone.

Yes, this may require you to do a double-take.

The New York Mets ace was captured on Monday sporting a new haircut, and deGrom is nearly unrecognizable with the new look.

Here's a picture, in case you're still in shock.

It was a pleasure knowing deGrom's flow, but all good things must come to an end.

--Isaac Chipps


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Rumor Central: Mets pursuing interviews with Geren, Cora?

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Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY SportsDodgers bench coach Bob Geren reportedly is among the candidates for the Mets' managerial opening.

The Mets reportedly are looking to start their managerial search by interviewing Bob Geren and Alex Cora.

The New York Mets announced that pitching coach Dan Warthen will not return in his role next season but has been offered another job in the organization.

Warthen had been New York's pitching coach since 2008. The Mets did not specify what role Warthen had been offered in their statement.

Ray Ramirez, the team's trainer since 2005, also won't return next season.

Terry Collins, who announced Sunday that he was stepping down as manager, was named special assistant to general manager Sandy Alderson, the team said.

The team also said bench coach Dick Scott, first-base coach Tom Goodwin and bullpen coach Ricky Bones have permission to speak with other teams about positions.

Hitting coach Kevin Long, assistant hitting coach Pat Roessler and third-base coach Glenn Sherlock will return in 2018, the Mets said.

The Mets finished 70-92 in 2017 -- their worst record since 2009.


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David Ortiz, Keith Hernandez in for Pete Rose in Fox Sports studio

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Keith Hernandez and David Ortiz, who were in 15 All-Star games and won five World Series titles between them, will replace Pete Rose as Fox Sports studio analysts for the postseason, the network announced Monday.

Newsday reported Sunday night that Hernandez and Ortiz would succeed Rose, who had served in the role for two years.

The statement by Fox formalizing its hiring of Hernandez, 63, and Ortiz, 41, did not include any reference to Rose, baseball's all-time hits leader and a 17-time All-Star.

It is the latest fallout for Rose from an allegation that he committed statutory rape more than 40 years ago. Neither Fox nor Rose had commented on an Aug. 31 Hollywood Reporter story that cited sources as saying Rose would not continue at the network.

As first reported by ESPN's Outside the Lines, an unidentified woman's sworn statement contained in a July 31 motion filed in John Dowd's defense against Rose's defamation lawsuit alleges that Rose had committed statutory rape by having a sexual relationship with her for several years in the 1970s, beginning before she turned 16.

Rose acknowledged in court documents that he had a sexual relationship with the woman but said he believed that she was 16. He was married and the father of two children in 1975, the year he says he began having sex with the woman referred to in the filing as "Jane Doe." Rose, who turned 34 that April, said he did not recall how long the relationship lasted.

Two days after the allegation and Rose's acknowledgment became public, the Philadelphia Phillies


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The Mets entered 2017 with the understandable expectation that they might return to the postseason for a third straight year, having won a National League pennant in 2015 (only to lose the World Series to the Royals), and lost the NL wild-card game in 2016. After all, they had a young, talented rotation, a lineup stocked with veteran power hitters, and some nearly ready A-list prospects who might reinforce their bid to win. And they had the benefit of manager Terry Collins, who had guided them to their previous postseason appearances and holds the franchise record for games managed.

Those expectations were spectacularly disappointed in a season undermined by injuries and public arguments between players and management, a yearlong meltdown that culminated in Collins' decision to resign at the end of the regular season. With change coming to the Mets' dugout for the first time since Collins was selected to replace Jerry Manuel after the 2010 season, we asked ESPN's Jerry Crasnick and David Schoenfield to weigh in on who might be the next manager of the Mets.

1. Who are the best fits?

Terry CollinsRich Schultz/Getty ImagesTerry Collins' 551 wins rank second to Davey Johnson's tally (595) among Mets managers.

PHILADELPHIA -- Shortly after the last out in a lost season for the New York Mets, manager Terry Collins confirmed the news that had spread at Citizens Bank Park.

"It's been a blast, but it's time," he said.

With that, the 68-year-old Collins announced Sunday that he is stepping down and taking a position in the team's front office.

With his voice quavering the more he spoke, Collins confirmed a report that he was finished that surfaced in the early innings of an 11-0 loss to Philadelphia. The defeat finished a 70-92 season that began with great expectations but was quickly derailed by injuries.

"It's one of those years you want to forget, and I will. Tomorrow," he said, saying this season left a "sour taste."

The Mets were 551-583 overall under Collins. They reached the World Series in 2015 and earned an NL wild-card spot in 2016.

General manager Sandy Alderson said Collins brought up the possibility of leaving during a road trip to Miami in mid-September. 

"We agreed we would talk about it," Alderson said. "Here in Philadelphia the last few days, we decided that it was not just in his best interest but the organization's best interest. I agreed with him that this was a time for change."

Collins was the oldest manager in the majors and recently said he had no plans to retire after this season. His two-year contract was set to expire after this year. He managed the Mets longer than anyone else has.

Collins has managed 13 years in the majors with Houston, the Angels and Mets, going a combined 995-1,017.

"I did it a long time," he said.

When Collins and Phillies manager Pete Mackanin exchanged lineup cards at home plate, the two men hugged before walking away.

It was announced Friday that Mackanin would not return as Phillies manager in 2018. Instead, he will transfer to a front-office role as senior adviser to general manager Matt Klentak.

A couple fans at Citizens Bank Park held up signs thanking Collins for his efforts.

The New York Post reported last Wednesday that longtime Mets pitching coach Dan Warthen, who predates Collins on the staff, is likely to be let go.

"We will look at all of our coaching positions over the next couple of days," Alderson said.

In the past few days, things turned particularly ugly amid anonymously sourced reports of sniping by players and friction between Collins and the front office -- partly over how he has handled the bullpen.

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Jason Getz-USA TODAY SportsAfter he led the Mets to the 2015 World Series, and a wild-card berth a year later, the 2017 season has been a struggle for manager Terry Collins.

With just three games left in a lost season for the New York Mets, the biggest question facing the club is who will be managing the team when spring training rolls around.

Terry Collins' contract is up at season's end and the team has given no indication it is trying to extend his deal. Collins, 68, has said he doesn't plan on retiring, leaving a decision on his status up to the front office.

According to a Newsday report, owner Fred Wilpon repeatedly protected Collins from being fired, even as his son, Jeff Wilpon, the team's COO, and general manager Sandy Alderson sought his dismissal on several occasions during Collins' seven-year tenure.

The Mets followed up their 2015 trip to the World Series with an 87-75 mark last year, losing to the San Francisco Giants in the wild-card game, but the bottom fell out this year, with injuries wreaking havoc on the roster.

The Mets are 69-90 entering this weekend's season-ending series in Philadelphia. They sit 26.5 games behind the NL East champion Washington Nationals.


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Merle Laswell/Icon SportswireJoe McEwing, a fan favorite in his playing days with the Mets, has been a White Sox coach for six seasons.

White Sox coach Joe McEwing reportedly could be a candidate if and when the Mets change managers.

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TEAM LEADERS

WINS LEADER
Jacob deGrom
WINS ERA SO IP
15 3.53 239 201
OTHER LEADERS
BAA. Cabrera .280
HRJ. Bruce 29
RBIJ. Bruce 75
RJ. Reyes 75
OPSA. Cabrera .785
ERAJ. deGrom 3.53
SOJ. deGrom 239