The Buck stops in Queens.
On Saturday, the Mets struck a deal with Buck Showalter to make the 65-year-old their new manager.
Multi-billionaire owner Steve Cohen broke the news on Twitter: “I am happy to announce Buck Showalter as the new manager of the New York Mets.”
Showalter, who led the Yankees from 1992 to 1995, also led the Diamondbacks, Rangers and Orioles. He took all four teams to the playoffs and is the most career winning manager of all time (1,353) who has never made a World Series.
Showalter will try to change that with the winning Mets, as Cohen pledged to pay $ 254.5 million in future pay to four big free agents – Max Scherzer, Starling Marte, Mark Canha and Eduardo Escobar – just before the start. lock.
Cohen’s spending made it clear that he intended for the Mets to compete for a world title in 2022. Hiring the longtime Showalter but also years of experience and respect was another nod. towards his desire to make the Mets the best team in the game – and also in New York.
Here’s how the Yankees might see it:
Instant credibility for enemies: The Mets haven’t had a manager with these kinds of bona fide people since Terry Collins. Mickey Callaway was a disaster, on and off the pitch. Carlos Beltran, praised and then cremated by the Astros’ cheating scandal, never even managed a game. Luis Rojas was considered a good man and a great baseball spirit, but his teams have been disappointing in 2020 and 2021. Now the Mets have Showalter, someone who walked and talked, and is used to transforming the underperformers into winners. An accomplished ESPN, MLB Network and YES Network analyst, Showalter will not back down in the spotlight and is expected to set the tone in terms of confidence for the Mets.
Second immediate guess from fans: Let’s face it: Manager Aaron Boone’s approval rating among the diehards is at an all-time low, whether it’s fair or unfair. Of course, that didn’t stop owner Hal Steinbrenner from granting Boone a three-year contract extension (with a fourth-year squad option). While Yankees fans wondered who could replace Boone when his first contract expired, Showalter was a very popular name, appearing so often after the game on YES and with balanced analysis (although some in the organization l ‘would call Monday morning quarterback). Inevitably, Yankees fans will compare Boone with Showalter every step of the way.
Even more evidence … that the Mets turn away from the Wilpon era of madness and become a better-run organization, even though this shift has been bigger than expected. Cohen’s tenure as owner has not been without major problems. But he did a few things most optimistic Mets fans are hoping for. One of those things was using your larger-than-life finances. And hiring Showalter means he’s also at least trying to make better adult hires – although Jared Porter and Zack Scott have both been spectacular disasters.
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Brendan Kuty can be reached at [email protected].