As Major League Baseball remains in lockout, the New York Mets have found somebody to run their team from the dugout. On Saturday afternoon, Buck Showalter was hired as manager. The news was announced by Mets owner Steve Cohen via Twitter after the second round of interviews concluded on Friday. Showalter beat out Matt Quatraro and Joe Espada for the position. Showalter has 20 years of managerial experience, coaching for the Yankees, Diamondbacks, Rangers, and, most recently, Orioles. Showalter holds a career 1551-1517 (.506) record as manager, with three Manager of the Year awards.
With the addition of Showalter, the Mets have added something that they have been lacking since Terry Collins left: experience at the manager position. Luis Rojas was highly regarded within the organization; however, he had no managerial experience and was unfit to perform under the extremely intense microscope of the New York media. However Buck Showalter has 20 years of successful managerial experience, including a stint in New York with the Yankees. Showalter has seen the postseason on multiple occasions, and this Mets team may be the best team he has had the chance to manage.
Showalter is an established, successful manager, and Cohen would not have hired him if he did not have the upmost confidence that he could win. With the lofty expectations of Cohen (he stated that the Mets would win a championship in three to five years in his introductory press conference), the club needed a manager that would lead them to the promised land. This hire was one of the finishing touches on that master plan. When a player the caliber of Max Scherzer backs this managerial hire, you know it will be a good one. Showalter to the Mets is an excellent move, and the Mets are well on their way to achieving Steve Cohen’s ultimate goal.
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