The Mets have greatly underachieved, and it’s not uncommon for the manager to pay the price in such situations.
One MLB insider doesn’t believe that’ll be Buck Showalter’s fate. At least not during the season.
Widely expected to be one of the best teams in the league, the big-spending Mets sit at an embarrassing 31-35, good for fourth in the division. They sit just four games ahead of the woeful Nationals for last in the East.
Last season the Mets greatly benefitted from the addition of Showalter, and it would be quite the pivot to fire him midway through his second season. A lot of things have gone wrong in New York, but only some of the issues fall on Showalter. Mets owner Steve Cohen, for his part, said he was “not going to blow up” over the struggles, suggesting for now that Showalter’s job is safe.
Audacy MLB insider Jon Heyman offered his thoughts on Cohen’s comments and Showalter’s job security Monday on the Mully & Haugh Show.
“I didn't read that as a vote of confidence,” Heyman said. “I read that as ‘I’m not going to blow up and go crazy publicly, and I’m not going to give you guys a one-day story, and I’m going to show restraint,’ which I think generally that's a good thing. I know I would like that one-day story, I can live without it, and I think that’s probably the proper thing to do if you’re Steve Cohen.
“Really, I don’t think he's going to be the first manager fired, I feel like they have faith in him. He’s got a three-year deal, not that that’s really much considering how much they're willing to spend and how much they’re willing to eat, and they’ve done it many times – certainly with (Robinson) Cano being the big bucks that they ate.
“I don’t think he’s going to be the first manager fired, I think he is going to show restraint and he said he would, and I believe him. So I think we’ve probably got other candidates that will be ahead of Buck. Buck will last the year in my opinion.”