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“It’s Not Funny”- New York Mets’ Manager Buck Showalter Raises Serious Concerns Over Injury Threatening Pitches

Published 04/14/2022, 12:00 PM EDT

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The New York Mets might have a lot of problems, but Buck Showalter is definitely not one. Ever since his hiring as the Mets’ manager, Showalter has been rock solid for his team. Notably, despite having a damn good free agency, the Mets are suffering from the injury of their key players.

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However, Buck Showalter is there to save the Mets from every problem. Although the Mets lost their starting pitcher, Jacob deGrom, to a shoulder injury, Showalter’s side has started their 2022 MLB campaign with a bang. Notably, the Mets have won their first three games of the 2022 season.


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Knowing that the Mets are probably the most affected team with injuries, their batters have been targeted the most by opposition pitchers this season. Reacting to this, the Mets’ manager defended his players and suggested the opposition teams avoid any HBP (hit-by-pitch).

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Losing a player to injury is probably the last thing any manager would want for his team. And when a team like the New York Mets is already suffering from injuries, Showalter has every right to protect his players. Because, if reports are true, the Mets are leading in facing the most number of HBP this season.

In their first series game against the Washington Nationals, the Mets stars Pete Alonso and Francisco Lindor faced HBP. And in Lindor’s case, the two sides engaged in a benches-clearing fight in the ballpark. And recently, in the Mets-Phillies game, Mark Canha and Dominic Smith also got hit by a nasty pitch from the Phillies ace.


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However, this time, there was no benches-clearing in the game, but Showalter addressed the issue after the game ended. The veteran manager said that it’s not funny to lose a player to injury. “Not something I want to lead-in. It’s not funny… It’s a problem when we lose somebody,” said Buck Showalter.


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The way Buck Showalter has been guiding the Mets, it will not be a surprise if they end up winning a couple of trophies by the end of the season. Because, even in the absence of his starting pitcher, he has built a formidable side.


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Written by:

Abhishek Kumar


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Abhishek Kumar is an MLB author at EssentiallySports. After completing his Master’s degree in Journalism and Mass Communication, Abhishek has been working in the media industry since two years. Before joining EssentiallySports, he previously worked at APN News as a sub-editor, where he has written articles on sports and politics.
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Simar Singh Wadhwa