“We know very well the frustration fans feel.”
Buck Showalter (67), manager of the New York Mets, revealed his candid feelings about the booing of home fans.바카라사이트
US Sports Network New York (SNY) quoted a recent interview with coach Showalter and said, “He is well aware of the fans’ booing towards himself and the team.”
The Mets paid $348,472,401 (about 443.2 billion won) in total annual salary this season, ranking first among all 30 major league teams. However, as of the 25th (Korean time), the record was 46-53, with a win rate of 0.465, only 4th among the 5 teams in the Eastern Division of the National League.
There are as many as 18.5 rides with Atlanta, the number one player in the district. There is a gap of 6.5 games with third place Philadelphia. The National League Wild Card Race is also only 8th, 7 games behind the leader. It is safe to say that it will be difficult to advance to the postseason this year unless there is a big turnaround.
The greater the expectation, the greater the disappointment. Now that this is the case, Mets fans are increasingly booing Manager Showalter and the Mets even at home games.
Showalter protested, “We know the frustration of the fans. We have a way to control the frustration of the fans and stop it. That’s what we are good at. The fans want us to win, and they want us to do better than we do now. So is our wish.”
But it doesn’t show any signs of getting better. The Mets are 4-6 in their last 10 games. If there is no rebound, achieving a win rate of 50% for the season seems far away.
The top 10 teams in the major league annual salary this season are the New York Yankees, San Diego, Philadelphia, Los Angeles Dodgers, Los Angeles Angels, Toronto, Atlanta, Texas, and Houston, with the Mets at the head. Among them, there are only two teams, the Mets and San Diego (0.475), that are less than 50% win rate.
In response, the local media in the US is predicting that the Mets can become a seller in time for the trade deadline this season on the 1st of next month. The Mets roster has not only starting pitchers representing the league, such as Max Scherzer (39) and Justin Verlander (40), but also excellent bullpen resources such as Brooks Reilly (35), who played for Lotte in the KBO (Korean Professional Baseball) League in the past.
SNY predicted, “Even if the Mets become a seller, they will classify first baseman Pete Alonso (29), the team’s signature hitter, as an absolute non-tradeable resource and will not even discuss it with other teams.”
Alonso, who was born in Florida, USA and debuted in the major leagues in 2019, shot 53 homers that year and won the National League Rookie of the Year award, and then grew into a big shot representing the league. He was selected as an All-Star three times and took first place in the Home Run Derby in 2019, and last year he scored a whopping 131 RBIs and also climbed to the top of the National League in this category. He has 26 home runs and 63 RBI this season as well.
The media said, “Alonso will become a free agent (FA) after the end of next year’s season,” and “It seems that the Mets will discuss a long-term contract with him after this season. If the discussion does not become a reality, there is a possibility of a trade during next season.”
The Mets’ goal this year was to win the World Series. Both the press and fans expected it that way. However, the current situation around the turning point of the season has exceeded everyone’s expectations.