Buck Showalter will meet the press this afternoon and show off jersey No. 11, after which the newly named Met manager will likely hide its identity behind a windbreaker for at least the next four years.
In selecting 11, Showalter returns to the uni he wore previously while skippering the Yankees, Diamondbacks and Rangers. He’ll be the first field general to wear 11 for the Mets, sliding between the 10 worn by predecessors Jeff Torborg and Terry Collins, and the 12 of Wee Willie Small Balls Randolph.
When I think of 11 I see Wayne Garrett and Lenny Randle, but let’s not forget Tim Tuefel, Jorge Velandia, Ruben Tejada, Elloitt Maddox, Pepe Mangual, Kevin Pillar, Anderson Hernandez, Gene Woodling, Cory Lidle, Ramon Castro, Roy McMillan, Shane Halter, Ramon Castro, Norichika Aoki or Garry Templeton. How could we? There are many others, most resigned to short-lived tenures as reserve infielders. Lidle was the only pitcher to have suited up in 11.
Behold this newly updated list of Mets Managers By the Number:
|1. Casey Stengel||1962-65||37|
|2. Wes Westrum||1965-67||9|
|3. Salty Parker||1967||54|
|4. Gil Hodges||1968-71||14|
|5. Yogi Berra||1972-75||8|
|6. Roy McMillan||1975||51|
|7. Joe Frazier||1976-77||55|
|8. Joe Torre||1977-81||9|
|9. George Bamberger||1982-83||31|
|10. Frank Howard||1983||55|
|11. Davey Johnson||1984-1990||5|
|12. Bud Harrelson||1990-91||3|
|13. Mike Cubbage||1991||4|
|14. Jeff Torborg||1992-93||10|
|15. Dallas Green||1993-96||46|
|16. Bobby Valentine||1996-2002||2|
|17. Art Howe||2003-2004||18|
|18. Willie Randolph||2005-2008||12|
|19. Jerry Manuel||2008-2010||53|
|20. Terry Collins||2011-2017||10|
|21. Mickey Callaway||2018-2019||36/26*|
|22. Carlos Beltran||2020**||15|
|23. Luis Rojas||2020-2021||19|
|24. Buck Showalter||2022||11|
*-Switched to 26 upon announcement of Jerry Koosman retirement, 9/24/19
**-Did not appear in a game.