Showalter’s Mets Contract Stalls Potential YES Network Hiring as Joe Girardi Brings His Expertise

By Eleanor Harrison Mar26,2024
Sources confirm discussions between YES and Buck Showalter regarding joining Yankees’ regional network

The YES Network was eager to bring on both former New York Yankee manager Joe Girardi and potentially Buck Showalter to their team this offseason. However, discussions with Showalter were more complicated due to his contract with the Mets, who had the right to prevent him from advancing talks with the regional sports network.

Despite being paid $4 million not to manage in 2024, Showalter was open to working for YES if talks had progressed. However, once it was discovered that he was still under contract, the discussions did not move forward.

Showalter has a long history as a manager and analyst on TV, while Girardi’s addition to YES was more straightforward due to his previous role as the Yankees’ manager before Boone. Boone, the current Yankees manager, has not advanced past the American League Championship Series and failed to make the playoffs last year. It is unclear if Showalter would have accepted a position with YES given these circumstances.

While Showalter’s potential role at YES would have been limited to once-a-month appearances, his contract with the Mets and the current situation with the Yankees may have made his decision more complex. Nonetheless, the discussions with Showalter demonstrate the network’s interest in adding experienced baseball professionals to their team.

By Eleanor Harrison

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