Reaction to Earl Weaver's death

  • Flowers sit by the statue of Earl Weaver at Camden Yards on Saturday morning.
Flowers sit by the statue of Earl Weaver at Camden Yards on Saturday… (Trif Alatzas, The Baltimore…)
January 19, 2013|The Baltimore Sun

Peter Angelos, Orioles managing partner

"Earl Weaver stands alone as the greatest manager in the history of the Orioles organization and one of the greatest in the history of baseball. This is a sad day for everyone who knew him and for all Orioles fans. Earl made his passion for the Orioles known both on and off the field. On behalf of the Orioles, I extend my condolences to his wife, Marianna, and to his family."

Buck Showalter, Orioles manager

“It’s a sad time, but at the same time, Earl would say I hope it wont mess up FanFest. The Orioles are very precious for Earl. Having him down at spring training the past two years and having him sit down with the team, success happens for a reason. The blood would flow, the language would get a little colorful and he’d start talking about baseball.

“Every time I look at an Oriole now, it’s going to be missing a feather without Earl, and I tell you what, he loved the year we were having last year. He gave me a little advice along the way, which was great.

"It’s a tough day for all of us. But he’d want us to celebrate the Orioles today, and that’s what we’re going to do."

Cal Ripken Jr., Hall of Fame former Oriole

"Earl was such a big part of Orioles baseball, and personally he was a very important part of my life and career and a great friend to our family. His passion for the game and the fire with which he managed will always be remembered by baseball fans everywhere and certainly by all of us who had the great opportunity to play for him.  Earl will be missed but he can't and won't be forgotten."

Adam Jones, Orioles center fielder

“[His death is] very sad, but I’ve started to look at things in the bigger picture. The man lived 82 years, think about what he has seen. Think about, besides the championships he won here, think about all the things he has seen in his life.

“The man lived a great life, it should be a celebration. 82 years, that’s a life complete. I hope I can live that long.”

“He said he loved the way I play. He said I remind him of the way they played back in the day. I said I really appreciate that because that’s how I play the game. I’m always going to play hard-nosed. I know some middle infielders don’t like it, but I couldn’t care less.”

Dan Duquette, Orioles executive vice president of baseball operations

“The simplicity and clarity of his leadership and his passion for baseball is unmatched. He’s a treasure and I’m so grateful I had the opportunity to work with him this year.

“Earl was just a classic. You didn’t have to wait too long for Earl to let you know where you stood with him.  What a great, great baseball man and  a legend in Baltimore. He leaves a terrific legacy of winning baseball with the Orioles. Grateful for his contribution. Sad to see him go. But he has a legacy that lives on.”

Davey Johnson, Washington Nationals manager and former Oriole second baseman

“I grew up in the minor leagues with Earl Weaver and we proceeded to spend a significant portion of our lives together. He was as intense a competitor as I have ever met. No one managed a ballclub or a pitching staff better than Earl. He was decades ahead of his time. Not a game goes by that I don’t draw on something Earl did or said. I will miss him every day,”

Bud Selig, baseball commissioner

“Earl Weaver was a brilliant baseball man, a true tactician in the dugout and one of the key figures in the rich history of the Baltimore Orioles, the Club he led to four American League pennants and the 1970 World Series Championship.  Having known Earl throughout my entire career in the game, I have many fond memories of the Orioles and the Brewers squaring off as American League East rivals.  Earl’s managerial style proved visionary, as many people in the game adopted his strategy and techniques years later.   

“Earl was well known for being one of the game’s most colorful characters with a memorable wit, but he was also amongst its most loyal.  On behalf of Major League Baseball, I send my deepest condolences to his wife, Marianne, their family and all Orioles fans.”

Martin O'Malley, Governor of Maryland

“I am saddened to learn of the passing of Earl Weaver, a beloved Baltimore legend, a pioneer, and one of the greatest baseball managers of our time.

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