No better proof on a manager’s character then from people who used to play for him.
Analytics comes up way too much in this press conference. Like Showalter didn’t know what he was doing before analytics arrived? Just let the guy manage the team how wants to manage them and let his win-loss record determine if he wins or fails. I mean if the baseball nerds who love analytics so much knew what they were doing, then why haven’t we had a repeat champion since the 2000 Yankees?
The New York Mets have hired Buck Showalter as their new manager, team owner Steven Cohen announced Saturday on Twitter.
Showalter, 65, takes over for Luis Rojas, who was fired after a season in which the team held on to first place for 103 days but ultimately finished 77-85 and missed the playoffs.
Great hire! Showalter is experienced, has a great work ethic and is always prepared. In other words, we’ll never lose a game because we were out-managed.
The Mets have whittled their list of manager candidates down to three, inviting Buck Showalter, Joe Espada and Matt Quatraro for second-round interviews, a source told MLB.com on Sunday. The Mets did not confirm the list as they are not commenting on the ongoing process.
Team owner Steve Cohen, who sat out the first round of interviews, is expected to take part in the callbacks.
It’s so typical of the Mets to be taking this long to hire a manager. Now they’re down to 3 finalists? Who cares! Just hire Showalter already. He’s the obvious pick, with experience, success, fans love him and having already done it, we know that he can handle managing in NY. All the various pundits that matter have already endorsed Showalter and nobody even knows (or cares) who Joe Espada or Matt Quatraro are. Hire Buck and if Curtis Granderson is really interested in being a manager one day, then make Curtis Buck’s bench coach. It’s not complicated. Just get it done already.
Joel Sherman at The New York Post seems to think so. I like Showalter’s many years of experience in the game, he has a few Manager of the Year’s under his belt as well as 3 division tiles and I would damn well prefer Showalter over Tim Bogar, Carlos Beltran or any of the other interviewees left. Yeah, please give Buck a call.