Buck Showalter, who will turn 65 next month, has extensive experience managing in the big leagues. He has managed the Yankees (1992-1995), Diamondbacks (1998-2000), Texas Rangers (2003-2006), and Baltimore Orioles (2010-2018) for a grand total of 20 years. His teams compiled an overall record of 1,551-1,517 (.506).
He’s been named American League Manager of the Year three times. He received the award in 1994 (with the Yanks), 2004 (with the Rangers), and 2014 (with the Orioles). Maybe this means that Showalter is due to receive this award again in 2024! He also managed the American League All-Star team in 1995.
Showalter joined the MLB Network as a studio analyst in August 2020. He replaced former Yankees manager Joe Girardi, who was hired as the new Philadelphia Phillies skipper. He’s frequently interviewed by media sources (including the YES Network) on various aspects of the game and even the Yankees’ performance.
If the Yanks fail to play better, which we hope will not happen, Showalter should be available during the year to take over the club at any time. The All-Star break would create a convenient opening for the club to change leadership on the field if the team chooses to do so.
If not, he’ll be available in the offseason while enjoying his comfy job with MLB.