Sources reveal that YES Network engaged in conversations with Buck Showalter regarding potential involvement with Yankees’ regional network

Mets Allow Buck Showalter to Pursue TV Job with YES Network Despite Contract Status

In the offseason, the YES Network was interested in bringing on two former New York Yankee managers. Along with Joe Girardi, who was previously Boone’s predecessor as Yankee manager, they also had discussions with Buck Showalter about joining. However, Showalter’s contract status with the Mets prevented any progress in talks from occurring. The Mets had the right to prevent him from advancing talks with YES, but would have allowed it if discussions had continued.

Despite preliminary talks with Showalter not progressing further once his contract status was known, the Mets stated that they would not prevent him from pursuing a job with YES or any other opportunities. With his previous experience as a TV analyst and having been part of MLB Network’s coverage this season, Showalter is well-equipped for a role on television.

The addition of Girardi to YES is unique given that he was the previous manager before Boone took over. Girardi was fired after the Yankees’ 2017 season where they made it to ALCS Game 7 and has since been replaced by Boone. With Boone facing criticism after failing to make the playoffs last year, it is unclear if Showalter would have accepted a job with YES given the potential for second-guessing the current manager. However, his role on MLBN will be broader and only once-a-month appearances will be required to avoid any conflicts.

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