Max Scherzer Not Consulted About Buck Showalter Signing for New York Mets Manager

Published 12/22/2021, 11:19 AM EST


The New York Mets in 2o22 are making a statement. Along with their free agent signings, hires in the front office too seem full of intent and well thought out. The Mets have also put in place Buck Showalter. The man many credit with building teams with deep post season runs. Looks like they will be their own opponents, as they try not to implode.

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The Mets set up an Interview to welcome Buck Showalter to the club. President Sandy Alderson and general manager Billy Eppler, were insistent that Buck’s age is an advantage. The experience that his career affords him goes far beyond just any other hire.

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They went on to mention how they had confidence in Showalter. He was the means to seamlessly integrate front office analytic advice with his own understanding of how to influence those 4 decades younger than himself.

The Mets’ excitement about the appointment is obvious and to be honest it is to be expected. With a record the Mets have the signing of Buck Showalter has to be a big statement.

The Appointment of Buck Showalter

The Mets in 2021 managed a 77-85 record, failing to make the Playoffs and only ending 6th in the Wild Card standing under Luis Rojas. They will be looking to turn this record around come 2022 and certainly seem to be heading the right direction.

The Mets’ eye for a winning season with  has started with signing of free agents in the 2022 off-season. Prior to the lockout, the Mets had signed Max Scherzer, Startling Marte, Mark Canha, and Eduardo Escobar, all free agents with big contracts. Showalter too, at 65, is likely there for his experience in the Mets’ bid for their first playoff run since 2015 and their first playoff win since 2016.

The Mets’ New Concerns

However, the newest consideration to the Mets’ roster will probably be the chemistry between roster and coach. The Mets had previously hired Mickey Callaway and Luis Rojas. Standing out in stark contrast for their lack of experience compared to that of Showalter.

Perhaps a bit worryingly, Billy Nightenagle reports that the newest free agents signed by the Mets weren’t consulted before Showalter’s appointment.

While this could mean trouble down the road, the immediate requirement is only that the Mets stay in contention for a post season run. Scherzer and most other Mets signings are players who have been a part of the MLB for a fair few years now.

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The experienced players will know that squad chemistry is an important factor in winning. And with Buck there with his plethora of experience, the transition shouldn’t be too tough.

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Showalter will look to replicate his success from across the city in the Bronx with the pre-dynasty Yankees and firm up his reputation in the city. Certainly the experienced roster would do wonders to complement the elder statesman’s management style.

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While the elusive World Series has never quite been in Showalter’s grasp, with Cohen spending big this season, the Mets could just be setting up a deep playoff run here.

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Aditya Deshingkar

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Aditya Deshingkar is a US Sports writer at EssentiallySports. An aspiring lawyer, Aditya is a final year student of the law program at GLC. Notably, as an avid sports lover, he shares a keen interest in NBA, MLB, and Formula 1.

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