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Buck Showalter is introduced as Orioles manager

Aug 2, 2010, 5:28 PM EDT

Buck Showalter met the Baltimore media and Britt Ghiroli takes down just about everything interesting he had to say.

Of particular interest was (a) his comments on restoring pride to the organization (he’s in favor of it) and his somewhat nervous rambling around on the concept of him being a micro manager.  I wish he had just been straight and said “Yeah, I am. And if you can find a team in greater need of micro-managing than this bunch, by all means, point me in their direction.”  He didn’t say that though, because Showalter is a gentleman.

He did say something very nice and touching. Showalter will be wearing #26 for the Orioles in honor of the late Johnny Oates, who was Showalter’s friend and, as far as I know, the only other guy besides Showalter to manage both the Orioles and the Rangers.  Buck, on Johnny:

“The first thing that came to mind was John. And he meant a lot to me in
my life, the impact he had,” said Showalter, who called Oates’ family
first to ask permission. It’s been five and a half years since John
passed away, and not many days go by that I don’t think about how lucky
I was to have him pass my way. He was pretty special.”

Here’s hoping Showalter can turn a once-proud organization around.

  1. Old Gator - Aug 2, 2010 at 7:49 PM

    Another competent baseball man en route to having his time wasted by an egotistical, imbecile owner and perpetually fumbling front office. Bucky we hardly knew ye.

  2. r3volution11 - Aug 3, 2010 at 10:18 AM

    Comments like above prove how bad things have gotten in Bird land. Even when a good GM/President comes in and vastly improves the minor league system, the teams international presence, and the talent (who can honestly say the franchise doesn’t have better talent now than it did 3 years ago?), there’s still people who believe the front office is still horrible and lead by the owner.
    From pretty much every source (aka the media) the team is no longer being ran by Peter Angelos like a Dan Snyder or Jerry Jones of football. He has stepped aside and allowed MacPhail to do his thing. Ultimately he still has the final say but MacPhail has publicly stated he wouldn’t be a part of an organization if he wasn’t allowed to do things the way he wanted to do them.
    I’m hoping big time that Buck can finally turn this team around in a couple of years. More than anything the players need an attitude change. There’s talent there, they just don’t know how to win with it.

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