Friday night was no different. With the Orioles' 11-3 victory over the New York Yankees, Showalter moved into a tie with Hank Bauer for third place on the franchise’s career managerial wins list with 407.
“It means I’ve been here a long time,” said Showalter, who managed his first game with the Orioles in August 2010. “Obviously, the cliche-est thing is, you’ve got a lot of good players that allowed you to be here. And your timing was real good. You see a situation that’s gotten better, I guarantee you can find a lot of people — you’ve heard me say this — that took some bullets before you got here to get it right.”
Showalter took over a team in the middle of its 13th consecutive losing season. After one more losing campaign in 2011, the Orioles have had three straight winning seasons and made the playoffs twice.
“I pinch myself every day I get a chance to do this. That won’t change,” Showalter said. “Whether it was Dave Trembley or Andy MacPhail, Dan [Duquette] and I both understand how fortunate we were to reap the benefits of some things that they did — so far. Now we’ve just got to keep it going.”
Bauer, a World War II veteran and longtime New York Yankees player, managed the Orioles from 1964 to 1968, when he was fired by general manager Harry Dalton and replaced by eventual Hall of Famer Earl Weaver. Bauer was at the helm of the franchise’s first World Series championship, in 1966.
Showalter said he got to know Bauer when managing the Yankees in the early 1990s; Bauer, among others, would come back for Old-Timer’s Day.
“He was pretty special. He always treated everybody the same,” Showalter said of Bauer. “Very easy to talk to. You could tell how much he loved baseball. He loved talking about our team. He was on top of everything.”
Weaver, who managed the Orioles from 1968 until 1982 and again in 1985 and 1986, is first in club history with 1,480 managerial wins. Paul Richards, who managed the club from 1955 until 1961, is second with 517 wins.