New York Mets have high expectations of signing Buck Showalter who’s 24th on the all-time wins list for managers. He’s managed three different teams to the postseason and is a three-time Manager of the Year award recipient. However, he has yet to win a World Series and he understands his expectations with this talented New York Mets squad. The Mets haven’t made the playoffs since 2016, yet, have spent big money in the offseason to ensure these changes. They currently hold the highest payroll in all of MLB.
“The job description here isn’t to be competitive or try to win more games than you lose. It’s to be the last team standing,” Showalter said Tuesday as he was officially introduced as the new Mets manager. “And not just once.”
There are only two managers in the history of the majors that have won more games than Showalter. The two managers are Dusty Baker and Gene Mauch. Showalter began his career with the New York Yankees in 1992. The Mets finished last year 77-85 after leading the NL East in early August. In the offseason, they signed Max Scherzer, Starling Marte, Eduardo Escobar, and Mark Canha in hopes of a World Series run in 2022.
“It’s not something that’s going to define my life, but I can tell you this, it does wake me up every day now,” Showalter said about winning a World Series.
He’s emphasized that he understand that sounds selfish, however, he knows the ultimate task is to simply win.
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Showalter managed the Baltimore Orioles in 2018. He’s been around the game for some time, he understands the game has turned into more of an analytical style of game. He’s ready to adapt and fulfill the purpose the Mets are bringing him in for.
“If somebody thinks I’m going to go back to the hotel or the house and think that maybe we got beat because someone else had better information or used analytics better than we did, then you don’t know me very well,” Showalter said.
“The Mets are very precious to the fans,” he said. “They’re precious to me. It’s a great charge to keep what we have ahead of us. It’s going to be a priority from day one to put a product out there that people can be proud of.”