Buck Showalter’s Bumpy Path to Joining YES Network: Lessons Learned in the World of TV Hiring

Sources confirm discussions between YES and Buck Showalter regarding joining Yankees’ regional network

The YES Network had two potential candidates in mind for their offseason: former New York Yankee manager Joe Girardi and Buck Showalter. While they were able to bring on Girardi, talks with Showalter were more complicated due to his contract with the Mets.

The Mets had the right to prevent Showalter from advancing talks with YES, as he was paid $4 million not to manage in 2024 after being fired by the team following a disappointing season. However, despite this, the Mets indicated that they would have allowed Showalter to work for YES if discussions had progressed. Unfortunately, once it was discovered that Showalter was still under contract, the talks 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 given his previous role as the Yankees’ manager before Boone. Boone, who is now the Yankees manager, has not advanced past the American League Championship Series and failed to make the playoffs last year. It remains unclear if Showalter would have accepted a position with YES given these circumstances.

Despite these challenges, the discussions with Showalter demonstrate YES’ interest in adding experienced baseball professionals to their team.

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