2) Mets manager Buck Showalter is the right guy to steer the ship
Buck Showalter has proven all year that this team won’t fall into traps and remain focused on the main prize, a World Series title in 2022. I don’t know if there has been a more obvious circle-in in the past few years in the awards categories than Showalter as this year’s National League Manager of the Year. That’s how locked in he is as the team skipper, the best manager the team has had in a really long time.
Showalter has been the best in-game manager in baseball this year by a mile, as evidenced by his successful challenge rate of nearly 80 percent. Some of those overturned calls triggered by Buck’s challenges have been the difference between winning and losing some games. That’s how well-coached this team is, and they are ready for anything that has come their way, and the coaching staff that has the team to this point has his fingerprints all over it.
And now that it appears certain the Mets are going to the playoffs this year, it is time for Buck to get his team’s situational awareness and elevate it to another level. The trust is there from the top of the organization to the players and to the fans, a recipe for success when the culture is so great.