The Buck stops here – James Richards
My preference for the next Mets Manager is Buck Showalter. My feeling is that going forward, the team needs a manager with experience and a good track record, one that knows how to win with a young team, and can handle managing in New York.
As a three-time recipient of the Manager of the Year Award, Buck has spent 20 seasons as the manager of a major league club, starting out with the New York Yankees back in 1992. He followed that up with stints managing the Arizona Diamondbacks, Texas Rangers, and most recently, the Baltimore Orioles, maintaining a win/loss record over .500 over his 20 years of service to the game.
While he may have a bad reputation as a manager who likes to but heads with ownership, especially after his time with the Yankees, I believe he still has a lot to offer if the New York Mets decide to bring him in.
To the many that feel he may be passed him time, I’d like to point out that many critics said the same when he took over the Orioles back in 2010, which was a team far worse off than the Mets were in their 2019 campaign, but in just two seasons, he turned them into a legitimate contender. In his tenure with Baltimore, he led the club to their first playoff appearance in 15 years in 2012 and the team didn’t finish under .500 once from 2012-2016.
In the past week, Showalter has been very vocal about wanting to interview with the Mets for the job, and I think they would be hard-pressed to find someone better.