Mets offseason move that fits into their new direction #2: Fire Buck Showalter
In 2022, Buck Showalter was a breath of fresh air. He brought energy, charisma, wisdom, and leadership that the Mets haven’t had since Terry Collins. While I would occasionally question some of his bullpen decisions - which is the most-questioned aspect of any manager - I felt like Buck brought a lot to the table and made a difference for us last season.
In 2023, things couldn’t be more different. His poor decisions lost us games, most notably in that series at Philadelphia, by trying to save our best relievers for future games when they had barely thrown in the last week and using rookies in their place. He also said things to the media that were so delusional they made me laugh and wonder what team he was watching because it wasn’t the same team I was. Overall, he seems less energetic and more lost.
I don’t think someone like David Stearns would come in without the choice of manager anyway, so the timing of this lines up very well. I think Eric Chavez and Jeremy Hefner should stay, as they are highly respected across the league, but it is rumored that Stearns might want to bring Craig Counsel with him, which would be a vast improvement over Buck.