Mets announce Buck Showalter's hiring as manager: 'I'm energized and eager to get started'

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Buck Showalter in Orioles gear with sunglasses on
Buck Showalter in Orioles gear with sunglasses on

Mets owner Steve Cohen broke New York's hiring of manager Buck Showalter Saturday afternoon on Twitter. Two days later, the Mets made Showalter's addition official Monday evening in a news release.

"I'd like to thank Steve and Alex Cohen, Sandy [Alderson] and Billy [Eppler] for their confidence in me to lead this team," Showalter said, via a statement in the Mets' release. "This is a tremendous opportunity and a great responsibility to represent this organization, all Mets fans and this city. I'm energized and eager to get started."

Cohen, who simply tweeted out the news of the Showalter hiring two days prior, delved deeper into the 65-year-old skipper's arrival in the Mets' release.

"Buck has been one of the best baseball minds for the last two decades and he makes teams better," Cohen said. "We have a lot of talent on this team and Buck is the right manager to take us to the next level and lead us to sustained success. I am excited he is our new manager."

Eppler and Alderson also acknowledged Showalter.

"This is a significant day for the organization," Eppler said. "Buck is one of the most experienced and accomplished managers in the game. He is the perfect baseball mind to lead this team and usher in the next era of Mets baseball. I look forward to working closely with him in the years to come."

"This has been an extremely thorough process and I am delighted that Buck will be the next manger to lead the Mets," Alderson added. "He is dedicated and experienced, which are two key qualities we were seeking in the next leader of this team."

A three-time American League Manager of the Year (1994, 2004 and 2014), Showalter has managed four different teams.

Showalter makes a homecoming of sorts to New York, where he started his managing career with the Yankees (1992-95).

Subsequently, Showalter was a manager for the Arizona Diamondbacks (1998-00), Texas Rangers (2003-06) and Baltimore Orioles (2010-18).

SNY will be airing Showalter's introductory news conference on its digital platforms Tuesday at 1 p.m.