Buck Showalter is undoubtedly one of the most legendary and successful managers in baseball history.
He’s in his first season as manager of the New York Mets, and he’s helped transform them from a team that regularly finished below .500 into a true World Series contender.
The Mets currently hold a 79-44 record, which is only a few games behind the Los Angeles Dodgers for the best record in the National League.
If the playoffs started today, the Mets would be the second seed in the NL.
Tonight, the Mets open a two-game series with their Crosstown rivals, the New York Yankees, and Showalter returns to where it all began for him.
When asked what it was like to return to the Bronx at the helm of New York’s other team, Showalter had this to say.
Buck Showalter was asked what it would be like to return to the Bronx as Mets manager:
“Proud,” he said.
— Mike Puma (@NYPost_Mets) August 21, 2022
Showalter returns to the proud Bronx
Showalter should be proud of what he’s done as Mets manager.
But beyond that, his Mets actually have a better record than the Yankees.
Showalter led the Yankees from 1992 to 1995 before being replaced by Joe Torre.
Torre went on to lead the Yankees to four World Series titles and six American League pennants in eight years, while Showalter was not so lucky.
Now he’s going back to where it all started with a chance to make a statement against the team that fired him all those years ago.
He’s led the Mets to unimaginable heights and has a chance to lead them all the way to the World Series this year.
Meanwhile, the Yankees are struggling.
Showalter has a chance to stick with the Yankees this week, and you know he can’t wait to return to the Bronx as Mets manager.