While Showalter is one option the Mets could pursue, there are several other experienced managers on the market, one of which is the 3-time World Series Champion and former NL Manager of the Year Bruce Bochy.
While Bochy did “retire” on his own accord following the 2019 season, as all baseball fans know, no one ever really retires from coaching in the MLB, and his name has been floated around the league a number of times to take the reins for several teams with managerial vacancies.
If Bruce is fielding calls and mulling a comeback after spending the last two seasons at home, the Mets would definitely be wise to reach out and see if they can tempt him back to the game.
Funnily enough, Bochy has a prior link to the New York Mets, as he served as backup catcher for the franchise for part of the 1982 season. For him to come back to lead the team as its manager 40 years later would simply be poetic.
One of the most accomplished managers of the current century, Bochy has a total of 25 years experience managing in the MLB, with 12 years under his belt from 1995 – 2006 with the San Diego Padres, and 13 years with the San Francisco Giants.
Bochy is best known for his time as a member of the Giants, as over his 13 years stint with the club, he successfully managed to 3 World Series titles in 2010, 2012 and 2014.
For his career, Bochy has managed a total of 4032 games, sporting a record of 2003 – 2029, resulting in a career winning percentage of .497. While that record for his career is technically negative, that doesn’t take away from Bochy’s success and talent.
Over his 25 years in the league, he has lead his teams to 8 separate trips to the postseason and was instrumental in the development of many of the young player he managed, such as Buster Posey, Madison Bumgarner, and Brandon Crawford.
Given that the Mets roster has a young core of talent in need of an experienced manager to help mold them and the fact that it is very rare for a 3-time World Series Champion manager to be available on the open market, Bruce Bochy is an option the team would be fools not to consider.