Ex-Mets manager Buck Showalter making return to MLB Network

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Buck Showalter. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)

Former New York Mets manager Buck Showalter is returning to MLB Network as an in-studio analyst for the upcoming 2024 season. 

The 67-year-old will make his debut on April 1 after working at the network from 2020-2021. 

Showalter had spent the previous two seasons as Mets manager, going 176-148 across two seasons which included a 101-win 2022 — the second-best regular season in franchise history. Following a disappointing 2023 season that began with World Series aspirations but ended with just 75 wins, Showalter was told by the organization prior to the final game of the season that he would not be returning in 2024. 

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It was the first move by president of baseball operations, David Stearns, who was officially introduced to the role after Showalter announced his fate. He brought in former Yankees bench coach Carlos Mendoza across town from the Bronx to be the Mets’ skipper. 

Showalter hinted that he wanted to continue managing and was reportedly a finalist for the Los Angeles Angels’ job which ultimately went to Ron Washington, instead. In between managerial stints, he had previously worked at ESPN and YES Network. 

With a coaching career that has spanned 22 seasons across four different decades, Showalter’s 1,727 wins ranks 19th in Major League Baseball history.

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