Evaluating potential replacements for Buck Showalter as the Mets manager, here's a ranking from less favorable to most promising candidates


The New York Mets have chosen to part ways with Buck Showalter, just two years into his initially planned three-year contract signed before the 2022 season. Despite Showalter's impressive performance last year, guiding the Mets to a remarkable 101-win season and a playoff spot, the team fell short this season. Consequently, they are on the hunt for a new manager in 2024. Given David Stearns' pivotal role, it makes practical sense to empower him to select the new manager right from the beginning. This approach avoids the situation of having Showalter as a 'lame duck' manager, potentially facing removal if next year doesn't meet expectations. The Mets are primed to be competitive in the upcoming season, making them an attractive prospect for any manager considering opportunities in 2024. With numerous potential candidates in the mix, New York has a variety of options to consider, along with some individuals who may not be the right fit for the team.