Buck Showalter

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William Nathaniel Showalter III

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Biographical Information[edit]

First baseman/outfielder Buck Showalter was an All-American outfielder in 1977 and was selected by the New York Yankees in the fifth round of the 1977 amateur draft. He spent seven years as a player in the Yankees farm system, hitting .324 for the Nashville Sounds in 1980 and leading the Southern League with 178 hits. During his playing days he picked up the nickname "Buck" from a minor league manager's comment on his tendency to walk around the clubhouse "buck naked".

Showalter retired as a player after the 1983 season and became a minor league coach in the Yankees farm system. From 1985 to 1989, he was a manager in their organization. When he took over the Oneonta Yankees in 1985 he was only 28 years old. In his two seasons with the O-Yanks he set new league records for wins each year. It is also where he began his long working relationship with pitching coach Monk Meyer. In 1990, he became a Yankees big league coach, and two years later, he took over as the club's manager. After four years as their skipper, he joined the expansion Arizona Diamondbacks as their first manager. He spent 2001 and 2002 as an ESPN broadcaster before returning to the dugout in 2003 as manager of the Texas Rangers. He was fired on October 4, 2006, after four seasons at the helm of the Rangers. Only in 2004 did he lead the team to a winning record.

After being fired by the Rangers, Showalter worked in the Cleveland Indians front office. On July 29, 2010, he was hired by the Baltimore Orioles to be their new manager, replacing interim skipper Juan Samuel. On May 1, 2012, he won his 1,000th game as a major league skipper; his record at that point was 1,000-958, rather remarkable given that he had regularly taken the helm of losing teams, or even an expansion team. He became the 4th manager to win 250+ games with four different clubs, following Joe Torre, Gene Mauch and Dick Williams. He helped turn the Orioles around, as in 2012 they reached the postseason for the first time since 1997, bowing to the New York Yankees in the ALDS. In 2014, they won a division title and made it to the ALCS, where they were swept by the Kansas City Royals, then in 2016, they were a wild card team but lost the Wild Card Game to the Toronto Blue Jays. In that game, Showalter was widely criticized for not using his top relief pitcher, Zach Britton, coming off an exceptionally good season, as the Orioles lost in 11 innings. That season, he moved past Jimmie Dykes on the all-time list for managerial wins with 1,429, making the manager with the second most wins never to have taken part in a World Series, behind only Gene Mauch.

Showalter's final two seasons at the helm of the Orioles were disappointing. They finished in last place both years, although with a still respectable record in 2017. In 2018, however, the bottom fell out, they lost a team record 115 games and upper management conducted a mid-season fire sale. It was clear that a through rebuilding was needed, and also that Showalter was not the man to lead it. He was dismissed on October 3rd, three days after the painful season ended.

On December 18, 2021, it was announced that he was hired by the New York Mets to be their manager in 2022, replacing Luis Rojas who had been fired at the end of the season. The Mets were taking a page of out of the book used the previous season by the Chicago White Sox, when they had brought Tony LaRussa out of retirement to manage the team.

Notable Achievements[edit]

  • 3-time AL Manager of the Year Award (1994, 2004 & 2014)
  • Division Titles: 3 (1994, 1999 & 2014)
  • Other post-season appearances: 3 (1995, 2012 & 2016 - Wild Card)
  • AL Pennants: 1 (1994)
  • 100 Wins Seasons as Manager: 1 (1999)

Preceded by
Stump Merrill
New York Yankees Manager
Succeeded by
Joe Torre
Preceded by
Arizona Diamondbacks Manager
Succeeded by
Bob Brenly
Preceded by
Jerry Narron
Texas Rangers Manager
Succeeded by
Ron Washington
Preceded by
Juan Samuel
Baltimore Orioles Manager
Succeeded by
Brandon Hyde
Preceded by
Luis Rojas
New York Mets Manager
Succeeded by

Year-By-Year Managerial Record[edit]

Year Team League Record Finish Organization Playoffs Notes
1985 Oneonta Yankees New York-Penn League 55-23 1st New York Yankees League Champs
1986 Oneonta Yankees New York-Penn League 59-18 1st New York Yankees Lost in 1st round
1987 Fort Lauderdale Yankees Florida State League 85-53 1st New York Yankees League Champs
1988 Fort Lauderdale Yankees Florida State League 69-65 9th New York Yankees
1989 Albany-Colonie Yankees Eastern League 92-48 1st New York Yankees League Champs
1992 New York Yankees American League 76-86 4th (t) New York Yankees
1993 New York Yankees American League 88-74 2nd New York Yankees
1994 New York Yankees American League 70-43 1st New York Yankees postseason cancelled
1995 New York Yankees American League 79-65 2nd New York Yankees Lost ALDS
1998 Arizona Diamondbacks National League 65-97 5th Arizona Diamondbacks
1999 Arizona Diamondbacks National League 100-62 1st Arizona Diamondbacks Lost NLDS
2000 Arizona Diamondbacks National League 85-77 3rd Arizona Diamondbacks
2003 Texas Rangers American League 71-91 4th Texas Rangers
2004 Texas Rangers American League 89-73 3rd Texas Rangers
2005 Texas Rangers American League 79-83 3rd Texas Rangers
2006 Texas Rangers American League 80-82 3rd Texas Rangers
2010 Baltimore Orioles American League 34-23 5th Baltimore Orioles replaced Dave Trembley (15-39)
and Juan Samuel (17-34) on August 3
2011 Baltimore Orioles American League 69-93 5th Baltimore Orioles
2012 Baltimore Orioles American League 93-69 2nd Baltimore Orioles Lost ALDS
2013 Baltimore Orioles American League 85-77 3rd (t) Baltimore Orioles
2014 Baltimore Orioles American League 96-66 1st Baltimore Orioles Lost ALCS
2015 Baltimore Orioles American League 81-81 3rd Baltimore Orioles
2016 Baltimore Orioles American League 89-73 2nd (t) Baltimore Orioles Lost Wild Card Game
2017 Baltimore Orioles American League 75-87 5th Baltimore Orioles
2018 Baltimore Orioles American League 47-115 5th Baltimore Orioles
2022 New York Mets National League New York Mets

Further Reading[edit]

  • Anthony DiComo: "Mets announce Showalter as new manager", mlb.com, December 18, 2021. [1]
  • Brittany Ghiroli: "Buck Showalter will not be back with Orioles: Veteran skipper led Baltimore to 3 postseason berths in 9 seasons", mlb.com, October 3, 2018. [2]
  • Todd Karpovich and Jeff Seidel: Skipper Supreme: Buck Showalter and the Baltimore Orioles, Sports Publishing, LLC, New York, NY, 2016. ISBN 978-1-6132-1839-6
  • Bob Klapisch: ""Showalter still searching for a championship", USA Today, February 27, 2017. [3]

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