By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
The New York Mets have hired Buck Showalter as their new manager on Saturday. The 65-year-old was considered the favorite for the job for several weeks before this announcement.
He replaces Luis Rojas, who was fired at the end of the season. Rojas spent two seasons leading the Mets before his departure.
Rojas took over the job after the debacle with Carlos Beltrán. He was hired by the Mets, then after the Houston Astros scandal was completed, he mutually agreed with the team to step down.
“Buck has been one of the best baseball minds for the last two decades and he makes teams better,” said Chairman, CEO and Owner Steve Cohen. “We have a lot of talent on this team and Buck is the right manager to take us to the next level and lead us to sustained success. I am excited he is our new manager.”
Showalter will wear No. 11 with the team. He is the 24th manager in team history.
He last managed during the 2018 season with the Baltimore Orioles. He led the Orioles from 2010 through 2018.
In his final season with the Orioles, he guided the team to a 47-115 record. This was his worst record with a team in his career.
As a manager, he is 1,551-1,517. He also managed the New York Yankees, Arizona Diamondbacks, and the Texas Rangers before joining the Orioles.
This is just the second time that he managed a National League team. He managed the Diamondbacks from 1998 through 2000, where he went 250-236 in 486 games.
“I’d like to thank Steve and Alex Cohen, Sandy, and Billy for their confidence in me to lead this team,” Showalter said. “This is a tremendous opportunity and a great responsibility to represent this organization, all Mets fans, and this city. I’m energized and eager to get started.”
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