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The New York Mets managerial search has turned into a chess match. Alex Cora will manage the Boston Red Sox (I’d bet on it). Bob Geren and Chip Hale are out of the running. Robin Ventura is not interested in managing again. Kevin Long is a possibility; so is Joe McEwing and Sandy Alomar Jr. Remember: If Long doesn’t get the job he may opt to leave the organization, which will leave the team without a hitting and pitching coach.

One year ago on this day Rich Hill and the Los Angeles Dodgers shutout the Chicago Cubs, 6-0, to take a 2-1 lead in the National league Championship series. Five days later the Cubs snapped their historic 71-year drought, beating the Dodgers in Game 7 to return to the World Series for the first time.

But, what a difference a year makes. As you wake up to the news that — once again — the Cubs have their backs squarely against the famed ivy covering the Wrigley Field outfield walls, it is clear the Cubs are not the same team from a year ago.

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