BREAKING: NY Mets Make Big Decision On Buck Showalter's Future

To say that the New York Mets had a disappointing season would be an understatement, though the future of manager Buck Showalter was by no means a foregone conclusion heading into this final weekend. But with new president of baseball operations David Stearns coming on board, the team has now apparently decided that the Buck stops here. Showalter is out, and he told the media himself: 

"They gave me the option of stepping aside, and I appreciate that... But the new leadership, they're gonna go in a different direction with the manager next year, so just wanna let y'all know that."

Translated, that means that the Mets told him he would be fired if he didn't step down. 

Owner Steve Cohen made his own statement to declare the team's decision:

“We are heading in a new direction, with a new president of baseball operations and we let Buck know we’ll be parting ways. We will begin the search for a new manager immediately,” Cohen said. “Buck is a generational manager, and we value what he has done for our team… The commitment and heart that Buck brings to the game will be felt by our organization for years to come. We wish Buck all the best in the next chapter of his career.”

Showalter had a 175-147 record in two years at the helm in Queens, including a 101-win season in 2022. This year, however, the Mets, with the largest payroll in MLB history, finished below .500. 

Showalter, who's managed 3,392 games over a 22-year career, holds a lifetime .509 winning percentage. He had one year remaining on his Mets contract. 

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