Being the New York Mets manager has never been an easy task. It rarely promises a career of longevity, no matter how well you do. Most recently, Buck Showalter was fired one year after winning the National League Manager of the Year award.
In 2012, the Stony Brook Seawolves became the first and only State of New York University or SUNY school to make it to the College World Series. Out of 297 Division I baseball programs at the time, head coach Matt Senk took his America East championship team through the 64 team tournament and made it to the final 8.
New York Mets president of baseball operations David Stearns officially took over his new post on October 2nd. Hours prior to Stearns' arrival, the Mets parted ways with manager Buck Showalter, opening the door for Stearns and his new front office to hire their own dugout CEO.
According to the Elias Sports Bureau, no player had ever gone 5 for 5 in a World Series game. So, when pinch hitter, Jace Peterson walked to the plate on Saturday night in Game 2 for the Arizona Diamondbacks against the Texas Rangers, something was strange.
The New York Mets have had more than their fair share of dysfunctional general managers throughout the years. From Joe McDonald allowing "The Franchise" Tom Seaver to be traded in 1977 to hiring Jared Porter, in between his inappropriate text messages to reporters, the Mets GM position has been anything but "Amazin'."
Over the past decade, the development of the daily line-up card, more importantly who's on it and where, has become more of an organizational decision, rather than one that sits solely with the team's manager. For a grizzled veteran skipper, like Buck Showalter, that has been a dooming change.
You will get little argument from anyone that Buck Showalter knows the game of baseball inside-and-out. At 67, Showalter could easily get another thankless MLB managerial job, dependent on over-paid players, under the microscope of social media's thirst for coaches' blood. Sounds fun?