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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Five years ago today, the <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Orioles?src=hash">#Orioles</a> hired Buck Showalter as manager. <a href="http://t.co/bEbF35ScvM">pic.twitter.com/bEbF35ScvM</a></p>— Sporting News MLB (@SN_Baseball) <a href="

">July 29, 2015</a></blockquote>

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"My job with ESPN allowed me to follow this organization closely over the last several years, and although the current record may seem to indicate otherwise, I see enormous potential with this club," Showalter said in a statement released by the team. "I look forward to the challenge of competing in the American League East. Baltimore is a tremendous baseball town with passion and pride in its club, and my family and I look forward to making it our new home."
"The biggest thing about Buck is that he's the most prepared guy I've ever been around and he doesn't leave a lot of things to chance. I like Buck," said pitcher Kevin Millwood, who played for Showalter in Texas.

Showalter also does not tolerate players acting like stars, even if they are top talents. He feuded with Alex Rodriguez in 2003, when they were together in Texas.

The Orioles interviewed former major league managers Bobby Valentine and Eric Wedge, ex-Baltimore catcher Rick Dempsey and Samuel before settling on Showalter.
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I'm a general proponent that managers rarely make a difference in the win-loss column but Buck is probably one of the few exceptions to the rule. I can't think of any other manager would have come close to taking that 2012 team to the playoffs or won 96 games with all the injuries last year's team had. Can you imagine if the Blue Jays had Buck and the Orioles had Gibbons and whoever else has been their manager over the past four seasons? I honestly believe the Blue Jays would have made two playoff appearances and the Orioles would be working on 18 years without a playoff berth. We are very fortunate to have this man as our manager.

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Buck said he had no idea today marked 5-year anniversary of being hired by <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/orioles?src=hash">#orioles</a> till reporter told him. "It's an honor every day."</p>— Roch Kubatko (@masnRoch) <a href="

">July 29, 2015</a></blockquote>

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I'm a general proponent that managers rarely make a difference in the win-loss column but Buck is probably one of the few exceptions to the rule. I can't think of any other manager would have come close to taking that 2012 team to the playoffs or won 96 games with all the injuries last year's team had. Can you imagine if the Blue Jays had Buck and the Orioles had Gibbons and whoever else has been their manager over the past four seasons? I honestly believe the Blue Jays would have made two playoff appearances and the Orioles would be working on 18 years without a playoff berth. We are very fortunate to have this man as our manager.

I love Buck as much as the next guy, but I think that's going a bit too far. Didn't we win the division by like 11 games last year?

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I love Buck as much as the next guy, but I think that's going a bit too far. Didn't we win the division by like 11 games last year?

When Buck managed the Yanks, didn't he suggest going with the wool unis? :scratchchinhmm:

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One of the things I love about Buck the most is the way he bought into the real Oriole Way. Welcomed Earl into camp several times and took every opportunity to pick his brain. ALL the old Orioles, sought them out. From day one he was like "we" instead of "they."

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