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Mets Morning News: Score one for Old Gil

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Almost 50 years after his death and 35 opportunities later, Gil Hodges is finally a Hall of Famer.

As much as Gil Hodges’ induction is a cause for celebration in fan circles, it is an even bigger occasion for his widow and children.

Of course, there is no plaque available yet, but Gil Hodges’ official Hall of Fame page and biography can be found on the National Baseball Hall of Fame website.

Following the announcement of his induction, the Mets have compiled a collection of quotes from Steve Cohen, the children of Hodges, players under his managerial eye and even a teammate.

Legend of tigers Don Kelly and Rays coach Matt Quatraro officially on Mets radar for management role, but there are plenty of other names in the mix.

If you want something more verifiable, don’t worry, Billy Eppler spoke about what he looks for in a manager.

Around the National League East

Talking Chop’s season-long review of Charlie Morton was unsurprisingly brilliant in almost every way it could.

Appearing in as many World Series games as regular season games for the Braves, Dylan Lee is one of the club’s most intriguing stories of the 2021 season.

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Sadly, the overdue honor came nearly seven years after her passing, but thanks to the Golden Era committee, Minnie Minoso is finally a member of the Baseball Hall of Fame.

Both alive to celebrate the honor, former teammates Tony Oliva and Jim Kaat were the third and fourth players elected to the Hall of Fame by the Golden Era committee.

Surrounded by family and friends, live reaction to news of Oliva’s induction was released by the Twins.

Another unfortunate exclusion during his lifetime, Negro League legend, former founder and president of the Negro League Baseball Museum, first African-American coach in Major League Baseball history and recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, Buck O ‘Neil finally has the “National Baseball Hall of Fame Inductee” before his name.

This Negro League Baseball Museum in which he put so much heart acted as a sort of campaign headquarters and celebrated the news appropriately.

The last of six Sunday Hall of Fame inductees was Buck Fowler, the first African-American professional baseball player in history and the originator of the Black Barnstorming teams of the 20th century.

On the negative side of yesterday’s Hall of Fame news: Dick Allen, despite his recent passing, being one of the best hitters in baseball history, and the backers of Willie Mays, Henry Aaron and just about every other Hall of Fame member alive, still missed the induction by one voice.

Despite the snub, the The Allen family remains hopeful and looks to the future.

While baseball ended up on a hiatus, that only leaves more time for the offseason winners and losers to sit back in their thoughts.

This date in the history of the Mets

On this date in 1989, native of Brooklyn, and future captain, John Franco was traded to the Mets in exchange for Randy Myers.