Baseball managers in most markets generally don’t get the same attention as managers in New York. Their personalities are rarely seen and there is quite little information about their relationships with players.
But that’s not necessarily the case in New York, where managers are under the microscope. Pressure isn’t for everyone, but Buck Showalter isn’t for everyone. The former Yankees manager and current Mets manager has always been somewhat unfiltered in his interactions with the media, often turning into Buck Showman. His folk sayings, his stories about players like Derek Jeter and Manny Machado, and the jokes he makes about sweet tea make for memorable soundbites and also help distract his teams when they’re in trouble.
Fans were able to get a glimpse of the relationships Showalter developed with players during his first year in Queens. Players say they also get the humorous Buck-isms. You can’t pass him in the hallway without a story from one of his 21 years in management. He frequently roams the clubhouse talking openly with the players almost as if he is one of them too.
In a moment that went viral during the NL Wild Card Series, Francisco Lindor’s daughter Kalina asked Buck during a post-game 2 press conference. Lindor’s wife Katia later posted a video of Kalina dancing with Showalter’s wife, Angela, on her Instagram Stories. , captioning it, “We love Mrs. Buck too!”
It’s clear the 66-year-old veteran manager has endeared himself to the team, so it was no surprise to see their support after he was named NL Manager of the Year last week.
“It was awesome,” outfielder Mark Canha said. “I was so happy for Buck. He’s one of those people who is really serious about everything he does and he wants the best for all his players, he wants everything done right.
Every manager has different personality traits and different management styles. Some prefer to communicate with young players through their veterans. Some prefer to take a hands-off approach to off-field matters and prefer to focus only on baseball and on-field issues.
When you’re around the same people every day for nine months of the year, it’s natural for relationships to form, but with Showalter it’s different. He likes to have his hand in a bit of everything. He does things his own way and he’s happy to tell you about it.
“He has a passion for what he does and for making our organization the best it can be,” Canha said. “He so deserves the award.”