Eduardo Encina talks to Orioles manager Buck Showalter about Manny Machado and about what he enjoys about managing a baseball team. (Eduardo A. Encina, Baltimore Sun video)
LAKE BUENA VISTA, FLA. — Orioles manager Buck Showalter touched on several topics in a video interview with The Baltimore Sun at this week’s winter meetings, including his approach going into the final year of his contract.
Only Hall of Famer Earl Weaver has managed more games for the Orioles than Showalter, who will enter his eighth full season as the club’s skipper. Even though there’s major uncertainty about the club’s long-term future — executive vice president Dan Duquette is also entering the final year of his contract, and several key players can head to free agency after next season — Showalter plans to maintain the same approach in 2018.
“It’s not going to affect me,” Showalter said. “We all work day to day, year to year. How are players any different from coaches and managers and the front office? Hey, we’re not assured anything, of tomorrows coming up or whatever. So you treat people the way you want to be treated, your grind the heck out of each day. That’s the way I’ve tried to live my life and see where it takes you.
“I try to tell that to the players. They may not have the wisdom of experience at 25 years old. But they’re all going to be fine. But there’s so many of our guys working on one-year contracts. It’s part of what you do here. And if you do well, you don’t have anything to worry about, so just control that. I’ve said many times, it’s an honor to manage every day that the sun comes up. You try to impact people’s lives and try to make their paths a little easier.”
Showalter has long said that he plans to make Baltimore his final managerial stop.
“In fairness, I’ve looked at all of them [that way],” said Showalter, who has previously managed the New York Yankees, Arizona Diamondbacks and Texas Rangers. “You better. …That’s not my decision. It’s Mr. Angelos’ and the ownership, and I think it’s the fans’ decision. This is their club and I understand how voices come and ebb, and I’ve had a great time here. Of course, you always hope it continues. But it’s a part of life.”
Showalter also touched on Manny Machado’s potential move to shortstop, communicating with players involved in the offseason rumor mill and his beloved miniature donkeys.