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At Kings of Kauffman, Mike Gillespie lists the Mets among several possible landing spots for Pedro Grifol to get a shot at managing:

The Mets job may be the best present opportunity for Grifol, who’s done just about everything in the Kansas City dugout—he’s been bench coach, catching coach, and a hitting coach). New York is looking for new leadership after Rojas failed to lead the club to a playoff berth, and while the team’s front office is in some turmoil—the Mets are looking for a president of baseball operations and a general manager—impending change at the top could be the right time for Grifol’s steady personality.

With a 10-2 win over the White Sox, the Houston Astros advanced to the ALCS, where they will face the Red Sox.

The Red Sox, by the way, have an unexpected team anthem:

An 8th-inning home run from Freddie Freeman gave the Braves a 5-4 win over the Brewers to send Atlanta to the NLCS, where their opponent will be either the Dodgers or the Giants.

Rough timing for Old Friend Jorge Soler, who tested positive for COVID-19 before yesterday’s game.

The Yankees are leaning toward keeping Aaron Boone as field manager. Or is this the dreaded “vote of confidence?”

The qualifying offer is set at $18.4 million. MLB Trade Rumors also has a nice recap of how that process works.

Former NBA player JR Smith’s collegiate golf career started with getting stung by yellow jackets.

Here’s a handy guide of Internet acronyms, if anyone needs that.

Quick Q: Are all warthogs this big? Pumbaa didn’t seem that big.

Are AirBNB’s still a good value, with all the rising fees?

SOTD: the original.