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Coaches and Teachers

Updated Friday May 27, 2016 by Brooks Shumate.

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Buck Showalter: A Manager For All Seasons

Buck Showalter loves scouting reports -- except when it comes to assessing the personalities of people he's never met.  In that regard, the Orioles' manager insists upon formulating his own opinion.  "People will start to tell me about a player that's coming," Showalter said, "and I stop them and say, ‘I got this. We're starting fresh. I'm going to make up my own mind about him.'"

Showalter's reputation preceded his arrival in Baltimore. Taskmaster, drill sergeant, disciplinarian -- those words were often associated with him during his tenure as manager of the New York Yankees (1992-95), Arizona Diamondbacks (1998-2000) and Texas Rangers (2003-06).  So when the feisty skipper was hired by then-president of baseball operations Andy MacPhail to turn around a franchise in search of its first winning season since 1997, the players knew what was coming...

"Some people's reputation before you meet them is not the same after you get to know them.  Read more




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