New York Mets owner Steve Cohen spoke to reporters on Wednesday afternoon at Citi Field for about 23 minutes and was asked several questions, including the job security of manager Buck Showalter and general manager Billy Eppler.
Cohen said that both Showalter and Eppler will “absolutely” finish out the 2023 season no matter how bad it gets and he pointed the finger at the players, who have mostly all underperformed thus far.
“I’m a patient guy,” Cohen said. “Everybody wants a headline. Everybody says, ‘Fire this person, fire that person.’ But I don’t see that as a way to operate.
“If you want to attract good people to this organization, the worst thing you can do is be impulsive and win the headline for the day. Overall, over time, you’re not going to attract the best talent. You’re not going to want to work for somebody who has a short fuse. Listen, I know fans, they want something to happen. I get it. But sometimes, you can’t do it because you have long-term objectives.”
The Mets head into Wednesday’s game against the Milwaukee Brewers with a 36-43 record and trail the first-place Atlanta Braves by 16 1/2 games in the National League East. They sit 8 1/2 behind the Los Angeles Dodgers for the final wild-card spot.