3) We want David Stearns to address the manager situation
We won’t get a great answer and the reason for firing Buck Showalter technically does fall on Billy Eppler. Of all the chances Stearns will make with the Mets, this is the one we already know is guaranteed to happen.
There are plenty of hoops to jump through in this regard. If Craig Counsell is his guy, he can’t really say much until his contract expires in Milwaukee. All Stearns can really do is praise the work Showalter did and that’s a must in this press conference.
For as poor as the results were under Showalter, he was well-liked by the players and fans. Hopefully Stearns’ degree from Harvard gave him enough knowledge to know he shouldn’t ignore the topic entirely.
If open for questions, this is the biggie for Stearns to skate around. Even if we don’t get much, how he handles the media will be important. He’s not in in the Midwest anymore. Welcome back to the jungle called New York.
Stearns has the benefit of coming to the Mets with high stakes but also a lot of love. He’ll get the benefit of the doubt not everyone has in the past. Fans will, for the most part, buy into anything he sells us. And we should until he proves otherwise.