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Reaction to Earl Weaver's death

Peter Angelos, Orioles managing partner

"Earl Weaver stands alone as the greatest manager in the history of the Orioles organization and one of the greatest in the history of baseball. This is a sad day for everyone who knew him and for all Orioles fans. Earl made his passion for the Orioles known both on and off the field. On behalf of the Orioles, I extend my condolences to his wife, Marianna, and to his family."

 

Buck Showalter, Orioles manager

“It’s a sad time, but at the same time, Earl would say I hope it wont mess up FanFest. The Orioles are very precious for Earl. Having him down at spring training the past two years and having him sit down with the team, success happens for a reason. The blood would flow, the language would get a little colorful and he’d start talking about baseball.

“Every time I look at an Oriole now, it’s going to be missing a feather without Earl, and I tell you what, he loved the year we were having last year. He gave me a little advice along the way, which was great.

"It’s a tough day for all of us. But he’d want us to celebrate the Orioles today, and that’s what we’re going to do."

Cal Ripken Jr., Hall of Fame former Oriole

"Earl was such a big part of Orioles baseball, and personally he was a very important part of my life and career and a great friend to our family. His passion for the game and the fire with which he managed will always be remembered by baseball fans everywhere and certainly by all of us who had the great opportunity to play for him.  Earl will be missed but he can't and won't be forgotten."

Adam Jones, Orioles center fielder

“[His death is] very sad, but I’ve started to look at things in the bigger picture. The man lived 82 years, think about what he has seen. Think about, besides the championships he won here, think about all the things he has seen in his life.

“The man lived a great life, it should be a celebration. 82 years, that’s a life complete. I hope I can live that long.”

“He said he loved the way I play. He said I remind him of the way they played back in the day. I said I really appreciate that because that’s how I play the game. I’m always going to play hard-nosed. I know some middle infielders don’t like it, but I couldn’t care less.”

 

Dan Duquette, Orioles executive vice president of baseball operations

“The simplicity and clarity of his leadership and his passion for baseball is unmatched. He’s a treasure and I’m so grateful I had the opportunity to work with him this year.

“Earl was just a classic. You didn’t have to wait too long for Earl to let you know where you stood with him.  What a great, great baseball man and  a legend in Baltimore. He leaves a terrific legacy of winning baseball with the Orioles. Grateful for his contribution. Sad to see him go. But he has a legacy that lives on.”

Davey Johnson, Washington Nationals manager and former Oriole second baseman

“I grew up in the minor leagues with Earl Weaver and we proceeded to spend a significant portion of our lives together. He was as intense a competitor as I have ever met. No one managed a ballclub or a pitching staff better than Earl. He was decades ahead of his time. Not a game goes by that I don’t draw on something Earl did or said. I will miss him every day,”

 

Bud Selig, baseball commissioner

“Earl Weaver was a brilliant baseball man, a true tactician in the dugout and one of the key figures in the rich history of the Baltimore Orioles, the Club he led to four American League pennants and the 1970 World Series Championship.  Having known Earl throughout my entire career in the game, I have many fond memories of the Orioles and the Brewers squaring off as American League East rivals.  Earl’s managerial style proved visionary, as many people in the game adopted his strategy and techniques years later.   

“Earl was well known for being one of the game’s most colorful characters with a memorable wit, but he was also amongst its most loyal.  On behalf of Major League Baseball, I send my deepest condolences to his wife, Marianne, their family and all Orioles fans.”

Martin O'Malley, Governor of Maryland

“I am saddened to learn of the passing of Earl Weaver, a beloved Baltimore legend, a pioneer, and one of the greatest baseball managers of our time.

“As manager, many will remember Earl for ushering in a new era of success for the Baltimore Orioles. In 17 seasons as manager, he led the O's to four World Series - including the memorable World Championship victory of 1970. Though we will miss him dearly, he will always be remembered for his passion for baseball and his spirited dedication to the Orioles and the City of Baltimore.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with his family at this time.”

Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, Baltimore mayor

“Weaver helped to develop a smarter way of playing baseball and built a team that was competitive for decades.”

“Today, my prayers are with the Weaver family, the Orioles, and the generations of fans who loved his unique character and shared great memories on 33rd Street,” she said.

 

Yogi Berra, Hall of Fame former New York Yankees catcher

“Earl was a fun guy and a pretty shrewd manager. He always said what he thought and try to beat you any way he could. Earl was great for Baltimore, for sure. He was great for baseball.”


Mike Gibbons, executive director of the Sports Legends Museum

"Much as Ray Lewis is the heart and soul of Baltimore Ravens football, Earl Weaver was the pride and passion of Orioles baseball. His storied career as one of the game's all time managers was punctuated by a fiery enthusiasm and a winning strategy of good pitching and the three run homer. His retirement following the last game of the 1982 season was perhaps the emotional zenith of Baltimore Orioles baseball, and one of our city's all time sports moments." - Mike Gibbons, executive director of the Babe Ruth Birthplace Foundation."


Jim Presley, Orioles hitting coach,  who played against Weaver as a player with Seattle

“I remember him at the old stadium. I knew it was going to be old school when Earl was there, when he had his tomatoes in left field. I just remember him being real fiery. He’d come out and argue on everything. … He’d be around BP and he’d talk to ya. He was a really nice man, but, boy he was fiery when that ballgame started. I mean, he would come out there for anything. He’d be out there. But it was fun watching him.”

Jane Forbes Clark, National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum chair

“Earl Weaver was one of the most colorful personalities and fearless leaders the game has ever known. He managed with intensity, flair and an acerbic wit that made him a legend in Baltimore and among baseball fans everywhere. He will be deeply missed in Cooperstown. Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife, Marianna, and the entire Weaver family.”

Jeff Idelson, National Baseball Hall of Fame president

“When you discuss our game’s motivational masters, Earl is a part of that conversation. He was a proven leader in the dugout and loved being a Hall of Famer. Though small in stature, he was a giant as a manager, especially among Oriole fans, who lovingly referred to him as ‘The Earl of Baltimore.’”


 

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