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Mets’ Max Scherzer has “great respect” for Buck Showalter

As the Mets sift through management contenders – one of whom was added to the squad on Tuesday – they could consider the wishes of their big offseason splash.

Max Scherzer is a symbol of the organization’s “win-now” mentality and would love to play for a manager of the same ilk, according to an industry source. In that sense, the star right-hander has a soft spot for Buck Showalter, according to the source. Showalter, a candidate for the job, could interview the Mets as early as Wednesday.

Scherzer, 37, signed a three-year, $ 130 million contract last week to complete Jacob deGrom and give the Mets an elite 1-2 punch at the top of the rotation. Former Scherzer Tigers manager Brad Ausmus is a candidate for the opening of the Mets leadership, but the source said that while the star right-hander “liked” Ausmus, he had “great respect” for abilities managerial roles of Showalter. Showalter, 65, led the Orioles during Scherzer’s tenure with the Nationals and the two teams have faced each other in the Beltway series every year.

Mets pitcher Max Scherzer is a huge Buck Showalter fan who could potentially become the Mets manager.
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Showalter’s visibility has also increased over the past two seasons in his role as an analyst with MLB Network and YES. Scherzer is said to appreciate Showalter’s straightforward and pragmatic approach.

It’s unclear how much Scherzer will have to say in the process. The first interviews with General Manager Billy Eppler and his team are underway, and owner Steve Cohen will meet with the finalists.

Some believed that Scherzer’s close relationship with Washington’s Kevin Long might cause the Mets to consider their former batting coach for the job. But Long, who spent four years as the Nationals hitting coach before taking the same role with the Phillies in October, is not being considered at this point. Along with Showalter and Ausmus, the Mets are considering Astros bench coach Joe Espada, Rays bench coach Matt Quatraro, Pirates bench coach Don Kelly and the latest addition to the roster, bench coach. of the Dodgers Bob Geren.

Geren, 60, a former bench coach in Queens under Terry Collins, has spent the past six seasons as Dave Roberts’ best lieutenant in Los Angeles. Geren will be interviewed for the opening of the Mets leadership this week, a source confirmed. SNY first signaled the Mets’ interest in Geren.

Geren has management experience in the major leagues with Oakland – he was a manager from 2007-2011. He became a bench coach for the Mets the following year. After the 2015 season, which ended with the Mets losing to the Royals in the World Series, Geren was a finalist for the Dodgers’ managerial opening (which went to Roberts) before accepting an offer from the Dodgers. club to become a bench coach. Geren cited the opportunity to return to his Southern California roots for his departure from the Mets.

With the Dodgers, he was part of three pennant winners and one World Series championship in 2020.

Geren, a former wide receiver, played for the Yankees and Padres during a major league career that spanned from 1988 to 1993. After his playing career, he managed in the minor leagues for the Reds. Sox and athletics before joining the major league coaching staff and becoming manager before the 2007 season. During his tenure, Athletics finished second, in 2010. But he was fired in the middle of the season. next season with the struggling team. His overall record with track and field was 334-376.

It was Mets president Sandy Alderson (then the team’s general manager) who hired Geren as a bench coach under Collins to bring a more analytical approach to the shelter. Geren’s duties with the Mets also included working with wide receiver Travis d’Arnaud, who had been acquired in a deal with the Blue Jays.

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