By Sam Bush
Buck Showalter may be 65.
He has never won a pennant but he’s a three-time winner of the manager of the year award — in 1994 with the Yankees, in 2004 with the Rangers and in 2014 with the Orioles.
But after three inexperienced managers who have failed, the Mets went traditional and Showalter a three-year deal and a welcome from their owner, Steve Cohen:
The Mets plan to make a formal announcement of Showalter’s arrival today, so team officials would not comment on the hire on Saturday despite Cohen’s tweet.
But the team’s leadership was said to have been swayed not only by Showalter’s experience, but also by how closely he has stayed in touch with the game since last managing, with the Orioles in 2018.