With Max Scherzer signing that huge, 3-year, $130 million deal with the New York Mets last week, he’s trying to shed some of his future Hall of Fame influence on the franchise.
Scherzer has reportedly made it known that he wants Buck Showalter as his choice to be the next manager of the Mets.
Buck Showalter may have been advocating for the job all along when he was on MLB Network last month.
At 65 years old, Showalter may have one last run in him to be a manager and it would be ironic that his last stint could be back in New York. Showalter began managing in 1992 with the New York Yankees and managed them until 1995.
Showalter is 1,551-1,517 over the course of 20 seasons as the manager of the Yankees, Arizona Diamondbacks, Texas Rangers and the Baltimore Orioles.
Showalter is known for turning franchises around before handing them off to the next manager. Joe Torre lead the Yankees to the World Series in 1996 after Showalter left in 1995. Bruce Bochy lead the Diamondbacks to the World Series after Showalter left in 2000. Ron Washington got the Texas Rangers to consecutive World Series appearances in 2010 and 2011.
Showalter turned around a terrible Orioles team and got them to three playoff appearances, including an ALCS trip against the Kansas City Royals.
If Showalter were to get the Mets job, it would be the most complete team he’s inherited as a manager and not one where it’s a project of development and rebuild.