MLB Broadcaster Joe Girardi and Ex-Mets Manager Buck Showalter: YES Network’s Missed Opportunity?

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

The YES Network was considering adding both former New York Yankee manager Joe Girardi and potential Buck Showalter to their team this offseason. However, discussions with Showalter were 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, the Mets indicated that they would have allowed Showalter to work for YES if talks had progressed. However, once it was discovered that Showalter was still under contract, the discussions did not move forward.

Showalter, who is now a broadcaster for MLB Network, has a long history as a manager and analyst on TV. In comparison, Girardi’s addition to YES was more straightforward, given 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 the circumstances surrounding Boone’s performance and his role on MLBN being more extensive.

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. Despite this, the discussions with Showalter demonstrate the network’s interest in adding experienced baseball professionals to their team.

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