Buck Showalter impresses Mets in interview with manager – .

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Buck Showalter impresses Mets in interview with manager – .


Buck Showalter and Bob Geren served as a sort of double-sided schedule for the Mets on Wednesday, leaving team managers with a first-round interview to complete in their search for a manager.

An industry source said the Mets’ nominee list remained at six after Showalter and Geren joined Astros bench coach Joe Espada, Rays bench coach Matt Quatraro and former manager. of Tigers / Angels Brad Ausmus among those who interviewed. Pirate bench coach Don Kelly, originally a consideration for the job, has withdrawn his name, according to a source, indicating that a mystery contestant has entered the mix. The Mets have an interview scheduled for Thursday morning.

Team owner Steve Cohen is expected to participate in the second round talks, which could begin as early as this weekend or early next week. The Mets hope to have a new manager in place by the end of next week.

Early reviews were solid on Showalter, who met with team officials on a Zoom call.

“They were pretty impressed with Buck today,” said someone familiar with the Showalter interview. ” It went very well. “

Buck Showalter
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Showalter, 65, last managed in the major leagues with the Orioles in 2018 and has since interviewed the Angels and Phillies for managerial positions in successive offseason. Showalter’s 20-year managerial career has also included stoppages with the Yankees, Diamondbacks and Rangers.

Showalter’s reputation is that of an old-school gunslinger, which begs the question as to whether he is the right fit for an organization that has deeply diversified in analysis and technology since purchasing the club. by Cohen last year. But general manager Billy Eppler, in the same role with the Angels, also liked Showalter enough to want to hire him after the 2018 season. Eppler was turned down by owner Arte Moreno, who wanted Joe Maddon.

” I only know [Showalter] is so organized and with everything that is available today, he is one of those who would use it, sort it out and then make his decisions, ”former Mets manager Terry Collins told The Post. “I know he has great leadership in the clubhouse, he’s a down-to-earth guy -” The game is meant to be played a certain way and we’re going to play it that way. And maybe it’s time for that kind of attitude here.

The Mets’ last two managers, Mickey Callaway and Luis Rojas, were newbies who had to learn on the job. In the meantime, the organization had also selected a debutant in Carlos Beltran, who left without managing a game after being implicated in the Astros’ illegal sign-stealing scheme.

Buck Showalter
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Collins, who guided the Astros and Angels in the 1990s, was the last Mets manager to arrive with such experience at the major league level. He suspects Showalter of having spent the last few years, as Collins did between executive terms, thinking about ways to improve if he gets another opportunity.

Geren, 60, was a bench coach for the Mets from 2012 to 2015 under Collins. His previous management experience includes a stint in Oakland. He has spent the last six seasons coaching the Dodgers bench.

« [Geren] has a different approach, but he’s another organized guy who likes to research and come up with new things and new ideas and he likes to support his decision, ”Collins said.

– Additional reporting by Joel Sherman

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