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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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By Jeff Barker, The Baltimore Sun | August 3, 2010
The new guy arrived at the ballpark eight hours before game time. He would have been there sooner but for some navigational confusion. "I tried to get there earlier than I did," said Buck Showalter, who made his debut as Orioles manager Tuesday night against the Los Angeles Angels. "I thought you could take a right there [near Camden Yards], but I can't, and I ended up halfway to New York." Showalter, 54, had managed 1,716 big league games before emerging from the dugout to present his first Baltimore lineup card and receiving a healthy round of applause from an announced crowd of 16,723, who saw a 6-3 Orioles win. But he was hardly immune to the early sense of disorientation affecting anybody starting a new job in a new city.
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By Peter Schmuck | August 3, 2010
The book on new Orioles manager Buck Showalter is a fairly easy read. He's known as a master of preparation, a student of the game, a micromanager and a guy who can see the big picture and the small picture at the same time. That was on display at his introductory news conference Monday afternoon at Camden Yards. He talked about the Orioles' proud history. He was deferential to outgoing interim manager Juan Samuel. He deftly navigated inquiries about the sensitive, uncharted territory he will inhabit alongside Orioles president of baseball operations Andy MacPhail and owner Peter Angelos.
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