San Diego Padres third baseman Manny Machado has nothing but praise for Buck Showalter and believes the New York Mets have picked the right guy to be their next manager.
“I know he will be great for this organization,” Machado told Brittany Ghiroli of The Athletic. âWhat they take away from him is a great leader, a great man who is going to go out there and fight. I can’t wait to play against him for the first time.â
Showalter led Machado for seven seasons when the five-time All-Star played for the Baltimore Orioles. The infielder played for a talented club in Baltimore which won a division title in 2014 and made the playoffs three times under Showalter.
The 29-year-old has said the way his former manager has held him accountable while supporting him through tough times has helped him grow into a star.
“(From a manager’s point of view) he was awesome, one of the greatest managers I’ve ever had the pleasure of playing with. Obviously, as a young player, I learned a lot from him. Machado added of Showalter. “It made me the player I am today by learning and watching everything he did, how he handled everything on the baseball field.”
Mets owner Steve Cohen announced Showalter will be the club’s next manager on Saturday. The team plans to officially present Showalter on Monday or Tuesday, depending on the Mike Puma of the New York Post.
Once official, Showalter becomes New York’s fourth manager since Terry Collins retired following the 2017 campaign.