The Mets made a significant investment in Max Scherzer during the independent agency 2021. Now he hopes the team will make another significant investment as the Mets try to be another World Series contender.
New York has yet to hire a manager to replace the late Luis Rojas. If Scherzer had his way, that man would be Buck Showalter, according to Pat Ragazzo of Sports Illustrated.
Sources: Mets-Ass-Krug Max Scherzer has announced that he is choosing Buck Showalter as the team’s next manager
– Pat Ragazzo (@ragazzoreport) December 7, 2021
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It’s unclear whether Scherzer’s preference will be taken into account when filling the position, but it’s worth noting that the Mets signed him to a record-breaking contract. He will make $ 130 million over three years. That average annual value of $ 43.3 million makes him the highest-paid player per year in MLB history.
In this respect, Scherzer’s opinion has weight, even if the 37-year-old has only recently joined the team.
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Showalter, 65, is arguably one of the better managerial candidates out there. He has 20 years of experience as an MLB manager and has coached the Yankees, Diamondbacks, Rangers and Orioles throughout his career. He was named AL Manager of the Year three times and has a career record of 1,551-1,517.
The only flaw in Showalter’s résumé is that he has never appeared in a World Series. He has led his teams to only five posts in the postseason but narrowly won the 2014 World Series with the Orioles.
Showalter has worked as an analyst for MLB Network since leaving the Orioles, so this is worth considering. During the management of the company, however, he had several layoffs lasting several years. That includes a couple of years helping build Diamondback’s expansion in 1996 and 1997, a three-year stint at ESPN after leaving Arizona, and a few years consulting with the Guardians and returning to ESPN.
Showalter has experience with longer absences from the shelter. He should do just fine when asked to return.
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The Mets are not only considering Showalter for her vacant managerial role. Six candidates are expected to be interviewed for the position, according to MLB.com. They are as follows:
- Buck Showalter, former Orioles manager
- Brad Ausmus, former Angels, Tigers manager
- Joe Espada, Astros bench coach
- Bob Geren, Dodgers bank coach, former A
- Don Kelly, Pirate Bank trainer
- Matt Quatraro, Ray’s bank coach
We’ll soon see if Scherzer fulfills his wish or if the new Mets GM Billy Eppler chooses another man for the job.