Buck Showalter has long been known for some corny sayings, but he always gets to the point. It’s not just with the media. The Mets manager also sometimes leaves the players laughing.
“Every time you go by him, he’s got a story,” reliever Seth Lugo said.
When trying to describe the leadership skills of Pete Alonso and Francisco Lindor, Showalter needed a few more words to get his point across, but he did – their actions speak louder than their words. .
“What is that expression? His actions speak so loudly that you can’t hear anybody saying anything,” Showalter said Tuesday before opening a two-game series against the Miami Marlins at Citi Field.
Alonso has been a leader since his rookie season in 2019, with players gravitating to his energetic personality and knack for timely hitting, but it was the latter that led to the Mets’ record over the weekend. Entered his name in the book and got him co-NL. Player of the Week Award.
The first baseman broke the club’s single-season RBI record with a monster day at the plate on Sunday in a win over the Oakland A’s. He went 4-for-4 to drive in five runs and raise his season RBI total to 128, a franchise record. For the week, he hit .333 with nine runs, eight hits, two doubles, four home runs and 13 RBI, sharing the weekly award with St. Louis Cardinals slugger Albert Pujols.
RBI is not exactly a popular figure these days. It’s a stat that depends on the other players around him, so it’s not really considered the best indicator of a hitter’s overall offensive contribution. But Alonso has always prided himself on being the team’s first player, so this record is a source of pride for him.
Showalter recognizes that in the two-time All-Star.
“To do that, you have to have the table set. You have to have the pieces to do that. You can tell how he recognizes it and he’s aware of it,” Showalter said. . “But he’s not just a power hitter, he’s a guy who will take walks and can run the bases. He wants to be a great player. It’s happened in the past, but I’m glad everybody sees that. Make sure he’s doing it again.
Showalter looks at Alonso’s impact on opposing pitchers, and while it’s not necessarily something that can always be quantified, it’s important nonetheless.
“There’s a lot of anxiety (hitters like Alonso) create in pitchers because they want to torque their best breaking ball,” Showalter said. “And then they try something different, you get it and they throw it where they don’t want it to go. They go, ‘Don’t throw it there — I threw it there.’
“How you stay aggressive sometimes when you’re served so hard, it’s a challenge to stomach sometimes.”
Don Mattingly played for Showalter with the Yankees from 1992-1995, retiring after the end of Showalter’s final season in the Bronx. It is clear that there is a strong mutual respect between them.
Showalter said he could see Mattingly’s managerial mind as a player and that the game is better with him.
The meeting praised Showalter’s ability to build organizational culture.
“It’s really getting a shot at winning the ring, right?” said inquisitively. “He’s been a part of building some teams that have been really, really good. Year after year, they get that ring. When that happens — it’s like I saw Indiana after Bobby Knight left. The next year he were really good and then they split up. The year after he left, even now, his influence is still there. I think it was the same thing with Buck when he left the Yankees, it really made him a It was left in a good place.
Pinch-runner Terrence Gore has a fractured jaw but will be available to play this week. The Mets are trying to figure out how they can use him in the postseason as they begin making postseason roster decisions.