During his pregame meeting with the local media, Buck Showalter was reminded that Friday marked the three-year anniversary of when he was introduced as the club’s next manager.
The following day, Aug. 3, the Orioles beat the Los Angeles Angels, 6-3, as Jeremy Guthrie got the win in Showalter’s Orioles debut.
“That surprised me when I heard that [it’s been three years], it’s gone by very fast,” Showalter said.
The common belief is that the Orioles’ fortunes changed that day as Showalter helped turn around an organization that hadn’t had a winning season since 1997. The manager, as is his style, quickly turned that questioning away from himself.
“We’ve gotten better players,” said Showalter, who has a record of 256-234 (.522 winning percentage) with the Orioles heading into Friday. “I was talking to Dave Trembley about it. There are a lot of examples, whether it’d be John Russell in Pittsburgh or Dave Trembley here, a lot of people that go through the growing pains so other people can reap the benefits. That’s the way the game has always been. Sometimes timing is everything.”
Showalter, a native Floridian who lived most of the past decade in suburban Dallas, was asked if he now considers Baltimore home.
“Oh yeah, from early on, because it is for 11 months out of the year,” he said. “I got to see the snow here, the ice here, the good and bad. Got to see all the seasons. Got to try and travel the roads I get home on when it’s iced over. Kind of enjoyed it.”
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