He has said that his time away from baseball gave him perspective, and indeed, the Buck Showalter we have seen in Baltimore has been mellow, humble and self-effacing. When he broke down in his news conference after a heartbreaking season-ender at Yankee Stadium, the tears in his eyes were not for his failure to beat the team that cast him aside. They were for the team whose members had played their hearts out for him 168 times that year and "raised the bar in Baltimore with each other."
Buck Showalter and his Orioles raised the spirits of a whole city, and they kindled passion, hope and confidence in a way that cannot help but spill over into the rest of our lives. For that, Mr. Showalter is 2012's Marylander of the Year.