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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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Peter Schmuck | February 19, 2011
This is a good problem to have. Adam Jones says that this is a no-excuse year for him, and sees no reason he can't have a breakout 2011 season no matter where he hits in the Orioles upgraded batting order. Buck Showalter, who certainly wouldn't mind seeing his flashy center fielder have a big offensive year, bristles a bit at the notion that Jones has somehow fallen short of the great expectations that followed him here from the Seattle Mariners organization three years ago. "I think a lot of people miss that this guy hit .280 and had about 20 home runs and played center field in the upper echelon of center fielders," Showalter said.
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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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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 Dan Connolly, The Baltimore Sun | September 13, 2010
After starting his first major league game Sunday and going hitless in three at-bats against Detroit Tigers ace Justin Verlander , Orioles rookie Brandon Snyder expected to have a relatively easy day at the office Monday night. But when he walked into Camden Yards on Monday afternoon, he noticed he was in the starting lineup for the second consecutive game, again batting ninth and playing first base, this time against the Toronto Blue Jays. "I was almost expecting to come in and kind of be sitting today, but I am extremely excited," said Snyder, the Orioles' first-round pick (13th overall)
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Peter Schmuck | September 1, 2010
If you're an Orioles fan -- and there seem to be a lot more of you than there were a month ago -- it's going to be hard to say goodbye to August. And who could blame you for that, considering the last time anyone around here had anything good to say at the end of August was in 1997, which was the last time the Orioles had a winning record for the month. The O's went 17-11 (17-10 under Buck Showalter), which is in such stark contrast to anything that has happened previously this season that it defies any easy explanation.
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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 Jeff Zrebiec, The Baltimore Sun | August 14, 2010
— Brian Matusz clearly thought he struck out Kelly Shoppach. He gave an extra look into home plate umpire Brian Knight and then took a couple of steps off the rubber. It was as if Matusz was convinced that if he waited a little longer, glared a little harder, Knight would raise his left fist, pull back his right arm and send Shoppach back to the dugout. Knight didn't and one pitch later, the Orioles' lead was gone, and their rookie left-hander was well on his way to another early exit.
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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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