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By Mike Klingaman, The Baltimore Sun | April 3, 2011
When he steps on the field at Camden Yards Monday to throw out the first pitch, Earl Weaver will do it without warm-ups. At 80, one doesn't mess with one's right arm. "If I've got one throw left in me, I'm gonna to save it for the game," said Weaver, the Orioles' Hall of Fame manager. The Orioles tabbed the popular Weaver to christen their home opener against the Detroit Tigers, hoping the club's storied past might rub off on current players. The foxy, feisty octogenarian managed Baltimore for 17 seasons, during which his teams won four American League pennants and a world championship in 1970.
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November 15, 2010
The Pirates have hired Clint Hurdle as their new manager, SI.com reported Sunday. The Pirates will announce the hiring Monday. Hurdle spent 2010 as the hitting coach for the Rangers, who led the majors in batting average, were fifth in runs scored and advanced to the World Series. The Pirates fired John Russell after three last-place finishes in three years. Pittsburgh has not enjoyed a winning season since 1992 and lost 105 games last season, the most for the franchise since 1952.
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By Peter Schmuck | November 2, 2010
The Orioles staged such a dramatic turnaround over the final two months of the 2010 season that it's still hard to believe, but it's not hard to explain. The proof was in the pitching stats. The club had a league-worst 5.18 ERA when Buck Showalter managed his first game as an Oriole on Aug. 3. The staff ERA was just 3.54 the rest of the way, and the starting rotation was even better than that (3.16). Obviously, something changed dramatically upon Showalter's arrival. Maybe it was the attitude of the team as a whole.
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By Jeff Zrebiec, The Baltimore Sun | August 23, 2010
Buck Showalter's first three weeks in Baltimore have been a whirlwind as the Orioles' new manager has begun the arduous task of trying to help turn around an organization that is closing in on a 13th straight losing season. The 54-year-old, who is managing his fourth big league club, sat down with The Baltimore Sun last week to discuss his first few weeks on the job, his respect for the Orioles' tradition and the challenge that lies ahead. Question: It has been written that some members of your inner circle told you to stay away from the Orioles' managerial job. Why did they say that and why didn't you listen?
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By Peter Schmuck | August 7, 2010
If you want to get an idea of what separates Buck Showalter from the other managers who have tried and failed to right the Good Ship Oriole, maybe you should take a peek into his office. It looks more like an NFL war room than the usual baseball-themed managerial inner sanctum. The far wall — which is the first thing that jumps out at anyone going from the clubhouse to the field — is covered by a large magnetic board displaying the rosters of the Orioles, the Norfolk Tides and the Bowie Baysox.
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By Jeff Zrebiec, The Baltimore Sun | August 6, 2010
The phone call was returned far quicker than Buck Showalter expected, and he wasn't kept in suspense for very long upon answering it. "I called and I said, 'Is this No.26 speaking?,'" Gloria Oates said. "That's when he knew we were all on board. It's so touching. Johnny was a man who valued friendships so very much. He kept all his friendships intact. They had that mentor relationship and friendship, and they kept it even when they were competitors. It meant so much to both of them.
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By Jeff Zrebiec, The Baltimore Sun | August 4, 2010
To Orioles starter Jeremy Guthrie, it felt like Opening Day again. To new manager Buck Showalter, it felt like business as usual even though he hadn't managed a team to a victory in almost four years. And to the announced 16,723 in attendance Tuesday night at Camden Yards, it actually felt like the start, albeit small, of something Orioles fans can feel good about. The Buck Showalter era in Baltimore began with a rousing ovation when he sprinted out of the dugout with the lineup card and ended with Alfredo Simon striking out Howie Kendrick.
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By Dan Connolly, The Baltimore Sun | August 4, 2010
The days of the Orioles having a set closer -- someone who will get the ball in save situations, no matter the circumstances -- are over, at least for now. Alfredo Simon, who has converted 15 of 18 opportunities for the Orioles, is still the likely No. 1 choice in save situations, but as new manager Buck Showalter proved in his debut Tuesday night, he'll get creative if it means securing the victory. "In a perfect world, of course," Showalter said about employing a set closer, "if you have got the right guy. I look at it as the priority for the Orioles is to win a game.
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