Buck Showalter does not believe he's changed. Let's get that out of the way right off.
In fact, he's suspicious of anyone applying a sweeping narrative of transformation to his current success as Orioles manager.
"I think I'm just perceived different," he said in a hushed moment outside the clubhouse, three days after his team clinched its first American League East title since 1997. "It's funny how that changes."
The Orioles' 2014 postseason — which begins with Game 1 of the American League Division Series on Thursday against the Detroit Tigers — likely represents one of Showalter's last, best chances at managing in his first World Series.