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The New York Mets named Buck Showalter the 2022 NL Manager of the Year

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When Buck Showalter put his Mets hat on his head for the first time in December 2021, his opening remarks expressed his intentions of putting a product on the field that would make fans proud.

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After Showalter’s inaugural season leading the Mets, he helped shift the team’s identity from playoff outsiders to World Series contenders.

In the fifth leg of his managerial career, Showalter brought the ability to connect with his players and coaching staff, a drive to compete and a willingness to adapt to a new generation of baseball.

Showalter made the opening impression, helping the Mets finish 101-61 and become the first Mets manager in history to help the team pass the 100-win mark in his first season as a coach. On Tuesday night, Showalter was named National League Manager of the Year by the Baseball Writers Association of America.

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New York Mets manager Buck Showalter, second from right, celebrates with Starling Marty, Mark Kanha, and Brandon Nimmo after the team's baseball game against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park, Friday, April 8, 2022, in Washington.  The Mets won 7-3.  (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

He is the first Mets manager to win the award since it was first awarded in 1983.

“This is a well-deserved honor,” Mets owner Steve Cohen said in a statement. “There is no doubt that Buck was respected by the players and they played hard for him. He is one of the brightest minds in the game and he is building a winning culture.”

The Mets had a 24-win improvement under Showalter from the 2021 season when they finished 77-85, which was the second-best increase in Major League Baseball behind the Orioles.

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