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How Buck Showalter changed the teams he’s led on way to Mets

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The Mets are hoping their new manager will improve the franchise as quickly as the previous four management stops. Here’s what the new boss brought to the Yankees, Diamondbacks, Rangers and Orioles, with the eyes of those who lived it.

As the Mets ’new manager, the 65-year-old Buck Showalter – on his fifth stop leading a major league team – faces a challenge that has bothered him throughout his entire management career: finishing the job. Shoualter has led teams to the playoffs five times in 20 seasons. Twice – with the Yankees and Diamondbacks – these teams have won the World Series in the year since it was mined. However, Showalter himself did not reach the biggest stage of the game. But to turn the career of one of the sport’s leading team builders into a much smaller model-sized product is to miss the Showalter point.

“If you look at what he did for Joe Torre and Bob Branley, he left a big mark on the baseball game and in every organization he was a member of,” said Jay Bell, a former Diamondbacks subsidiary, referring to the managers who benefited. most from Showalter’s work. “When you talk about what he’s done, you’re talking about the nearly 40 years he’s been back in the baseball game.”

The Mets are hoping to be the next beneficiary. Franchising has only reached the post-season twice in the last 15 years and completed 77 winning seasons, leading to significant changes. Assembling new parts – from a new-looking outdoor area to the addition of a three-time Cy Young winner – the overall winning construction project takes into account Showalter owner Steve Cohen’s checkbook and commitment to victory case may be easier than previous stops. .

Jim Leyritz, a former major league player who played with the Yankees under Showalter in the 1990s, said: “You have very good parts and the ownership is ready to do some work for you.” “As we watch Jean Michael and Buck work together as general manager and manager, let’s hope the same thing happens with the Mets and their front office, because if that’s the case, there’s some promise ahead.”

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