When anyone talks about the Baltimore Orioles’ chances for success in the American League East this coming season, they’re bound to mention the team’s new manager Buck Showalter. Since coming aboard in the second half of last season, the Orioles played close to .600 ball. Of course 29 of his 57 games at the helm were in September and October when rosters are expanded and focus shifts from trying to win baseball games to trying to get some young guys a taste of big league baseball, but the Orioles record is still impressive, especially considering that the team had to play the Rays, Red Sox, and Yankees 21 times after Showalter took over.
But will the former Yankees, Diamondbacks and Rangers manager be able to guide his team to the same level of play this year that they finished out last year? Probably not, but at least it might be entertaining.
In an interview with Men’s Journal, Baltimore’s skipper had this to say about some of his AL East rivals:
I’d like to see how smart Theo Epstein is with the Tampa Bay (Rays’) payroll. You got Carl Crawford ’cause you paid more than anyone else, and that’s what makes you smarter? That’s why I like whipping their butt. It’s great, knowing those guys with the $205 million payroll are saying, ‘How the hell are they beating us?’
The first time we went to Yankee Stadium, I screamed at Derek Jeter from the dugout. Our guys are thinking, ‘Wow, he’s screaming at Derek Jeter.’ Well, he’s always jumping back from balls just off the plate. I know how many calls that team gets – and yes, he [ticks] me off.
Yeah, because I’m sure Showalter didn’t benefit one bit from anything like payroll while he was manager of the 1992 – 1995 New York Yankees. And I’m also certain that no one ever yells at Derek Jeter during a baseball game.
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