New York – Buck Shovalter returns to a cave in New York.
Nearly 30 years after managing the Yankees, Shovalder was hired as manager of the Mets, the fifth club he has coached at the Majors.
Schwolder was appointed to replace Louis Rojas, who left in early October after two losing seasons. Mets owner Steve Cohen announced the meeting Saturday afternoon via Twitter.
Schwolder received a three-year contract, someone close to the contract. The source spoke to the Associated Press anonymously because the contract period had not been announced.
An official announcement from the club is expected in a few days.
Schwolder has played over 3,000 major league games in 20 seasons. He will be the Mets ‘first experienced manager since 2017, when Terry Collins’ seven-year tenure ended.
New York has since sought strong leadership in the cave and administration.
It is true that Shovalder has credibility. In his career, he has transformed failed teams.
The new Mets general manager has no doubt made him an attractive candidate in the eyes of Billy Effler and the aggressive Cohen, who is eager to win with the rights he acquired in November 2020 to spend lavishly on players.
Puerto Rican bench coach Joe Espada in Houston and Matt Quadro in the same position, but other finalists in Tampa Bay. Both have no management experience in the Majors, and Schwolder has been a favorite from the start.
Each of the three believers met Cohen in person during a second round interview last week.
He spoke with former New York Tigers and Angels driver Brad Osmus and Bob Geron, who manages Auckland and is currently the bench coach for the Dodgers.
He was the Mets bench coach under Karen Collins when the team reached the 2015 World Series.
Shoalder, 65, joins three Hall of Fame drivers, Casey Stengel, Yogi Perra and Joe Tore, who coached the Mets and Yankees. Dallas Green was in charge of both New York teams.
In addition to forming a successful team with the Yankees in the 1990s, Schwolder managed Arizona, Texas and Baltimore. His overall record as key league manager in the regular season was 1,551-1,517-1 (.506), from 1992 to 2018. He has won three AL Manager of the Year awards. Occasionally, except Texas.