The New York Mets are hoping to avoid another end-of-season collapse and they're expecting a veteran manager can prevent it from happening.
Mets owner Steve Cohen announced on Twitter the hiring of former Baltimore Orioles skipper Buck Showalter. The 65-year-old spent nine seasons managing the Orioles with a record of 669-684 and three playoff appearances.
Furthermore, Showalter won 90+ games on two occasions, with his best year in Baltimore coming in 2014 when the Orioles won the AL East division and reached the ALCS but fell to the Kansas City Royals.
Showalter will replace the vacant seat that was once held by Luis Rojas. He posted a 103-119 record in two seasons that ended with bitter disappointments. The Mets' declined to retain Rojas following the 2021 season and did not use the team option.
Along with the Orioles, Showalter has managed the New York Yankees, Arizona Diamondbacks and Texas Rangers with a career record of 1551-1517.
The Mets have some talent on their team, but they hope Showalter is the key to helping them improve their 77-85 third-place finish in the NL East.