While watching Bruce Bochy and his very large head manage the San Francisco Giants in the World Series, it got me thinking.
Is there any other National League manager that has been with his team longer than Bochy, who joined the Giants from the San Diego Padres before the 2007 season?
The answer is no. Bud Black, who took over for Bochy in San Diego in 2007, and Bochy each have eight seasons with their current club.
Then it got me really thinking. Where does the Orioles' Buck Showalter now rank on the list? He moved up several spots in the past few months with Ron Washington, Ron Gardenhire and Joe Maddon all leaving their clubs.
Because Showalter began managing the Orioles in August 2010 -- another smart move by Andy MacPhail; there were a ton of openings at the end of the 2010 season -- he got a jump on those hired in 2011.
So, by my calculation, Showalter is now the sixth longest-tenured manager in the majors. Pretty incredible, right? Especially for a guy who had the reputation of being a short-timer when he got to Baltimore.
The longest-tenured manager is Los Angeles Angels skipper Mike Scioscia, who just completed his 15th season with the Angels. He has been around so long he was hired by the Anaheim Angels in 2000.
After Bochy and Black, it's New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi, who took over his club for 2008, and then the Kansas City Royals' Ned Yost, who became the Royals' manager in May 2010.
And then it is Showalter, whose first game managing the Orioles was Aug. 2, 2010. His 16 seasons managing is also the second-longest total of any current manager behind only Bochy, who has managed in the big leagues for 20 seasons.
Another thing on Showalter: He has 377 regular-season wins with the Orioles. He's 30 away from tying Hank Bauer for third on the Orioles' all-time list. Paul Richards is second (517 wins) and Earl Weaver first (1,480).