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Buck Showalter

September 7, 2010

Baseball managing has always been a bit of a mystery to me, other than setting the lineup and handling the bullpen I don’t really understand what makes one manager appreciably better than another, or at least one that has a notable impact on a team. Yet, they do. Since taking over the laughable Baltimore Orioles, Buck Showalter has led them to a 20-13 record. Prior to his arrival, they were 32-73. Jesus, that’s bad. And he’s done this kind of thing before.

Also, since its introduction, 11 of the 15 American League Wild Card winners have been from the A.L East.

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  1. Fat Al permalink*
    September 7, 2010 5:30 pm

    Baseball teams are made up of a bunch of (really rich) guys who have to spend a long season slogging through a shitload of games together. Motivation and psychology have to make a huge difference in getting the effort out of your players, just like it does in any job. It’s got to be particularly true when the team sucks and is way out of contention.

    I think we focus on managers’ in-game strategy because that’s what we can see, but their personnel and clubhouse management that we don’t see has got to have an enormous impact.

    • September 7, 2010 5:46 pm

      Agreed, but isn’t Showalter kind of an ass?

      • Fat Al permalink*
        September 7, 2010 5:59 pm

        Sure but wait there a second while I compile a list of the successful baseball managers who did not appear to be kind of an ass. Shouldn’t take long…

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