It’s been three years now since Buck Showalter came to Baltimore. Three happy years for Orioles fans and the Showalters. “It surprised me when I heard that. It’s gone by very fast” Showalter said over the weekend. “For me personally and for my family it seems like a short time.” There’s been massive turnover on the Orioles since Aug. 3 2010 Showalter’s first game. Adam Jones Nick Markakis Brian Roberts and Matt Wieters remain. So do Jim Johnson who was on the disabled list at the time and Troy Patton. That’s probably not unusual. Many teams turn over perhaps 70 percent of their roster in three years. What’s unusual is the degree of acceptance for Showalter in Baltimore. It generally takes years for fans to gravitate to a manager. After all this is the same city that saw Earl Weaver manage for 14 years in the 60s 70s and early 802. Showalter is exceedingly popular among his fan base. The man who hired him Andy MacPhail always liked to say that he wanted managers who fit their market. And there probably isn’t a better fit for Baltimore than this man who seemingly turned the team around with his mere arrival. “He had a plan coming in here of what he wanted to do and he’s done it” Markakis said. The Orioles were 34-23 in his two months in 2010 giving fans hope. The next year they lost 93 games but played winning ball the last six weeks of the season culminating in the dramatic post-midnight win over the Red Sox that knocked them out of the playoffs. Then came 2012 and this year has proven that he’s managing a club that’s likely to be competitive for years to come. Orioles managing partner Peter Angelos showed his faith in Showalter and top baseball executive Dan Duquette with contract extensions over the winter that tie them to Baltimore through 2018.
Three years later, Showalter has changed the Orioles
CSN Baltimore | Aug 5