With the New York Mets being in the spotlight for the wrong reasons, Luis Rojas was named as manager of the Amazins. Although it was a good decision, a man like Buck Showalter would have been the perfect move.
The New York Mets have certainly put themselves in a situation where they had to make a season-defining decision in a short amount of time. With Spring Training just around the corner, they needed to find someone who will lead this team to success after Carlos Beltran‘s departure.
It was decided they would hire someone from the inside with Luis Rojas who has part of the Mets organization for 14 years. Management chose not to go through the interview process once again and went with one of their own guys, which could backfire.
Now before we go deeper, I just want to point out, I don’t hate the hire. I can understand why they would want to make this decision. There are three weeks before pitchers and catchers report and he is very familiar with most of the players on this New York Mets roster. He can connect with guys such as Michael Conforto, Pete Alonso, andJeff McNeil.
When it comes to someone like Buck Showalter, I like the experience he brings to the table. The Mets would have benefited from reaching out and touching base.
Before Beltran was hired, Showalter wanted to be considered for the New York Mets managerial position but was not even brought in for an interview. New York had their eyes on Beltran and never took their eyes off the prize. It became a different situation after Beltran, and it felt like this team needed someone like Showalter to move them away from the embarrassing position they are currently in.
Of course, Showalter comes very qualified for the job. The three-time Manager of the Year has some experience running a team in New York. He led the Yankees from 1992-1995. Working in a heated atmosphere like New York would not be a new thing for him.
The veteran skipper has 20 years of experience under his belt and knows how to deal with the media. Showalter seems to say the right things in press conferences. That’s a skill which would come very handy. Rojas will be pressed with questions about what happened in Houston, and he needs to know what to say to steer this team away from any more unneeded attention.
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With 11 winning seasons, five postseason appearances and three division titles under his belt, the Mets should have been wise and at least reached out to Buck Showalter. I feel he would have impressed the Mets brass enough to go far into the interview process.
The main problem with many of the candidates that the Mets brought in earlier in the year was their lack experience. New York needed someone who can properly utilize the tools they have earned from years past and make good in-game decisions.
I felt the Amazins couldn’t take a chance on someone who may succumb to the pressure. They are under a big spotlight for the wrong reasons. Showalter could have guided the team away from the negative attention and bring them back to the goal of them making a deep run in the postseason.
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