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Former Mississippi State baseball player Buck Showalter named New York Mets manager

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Buck Showalter is back in the big leagues.

The former Mississippi State baseball player and longtime MLB manager has another opportunity to manage another MLB team as he’s been named the manager of the New York Mets.

Showalter, who played for the Bulldogs back in the 1970’s, was most recently the manager for the Baltimore Orioles. The 65-year-old from DeFuniak Springs, Florida has also been a manager with the New York Yankees, Arizona Diamondbacks, and Texas Rangers.

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Showalter getting another shot at a managerial gig is a great thing to see from a Mississippi State perspective. It never hurts to see another Bulldog get a shot to thrive and succeed.

Hopefully Showalter can do just that.

The Mets are, well, a bit of a mess and Showalter is likely in the last few seasons of his career. He’s not exactly getting younger, but his experience and veteran presence might be what a team like the Mets need with their manager. Showalter ended up getting the gig over a couple of significantly younger candidates.

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