Buck Showalter

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Buck Showalter is widely considered to be in the class of elite baseball masterminds.  He has become known for taking bottom feeders in MLB, and turning them into reputable franchises.  As a player, Showalter was impressive as a youngster; he was named an All-American in 1977 while playing for Mississippi State in large part due to his .459 batting average.  Despite this success his playing career never really materialized as he spent 7 years in the New York Yankees minor league system before formally hanging up the cleats on his playing days.

Sports Speaker Buck began his coaching career in the minor leagues with the Yankees.  He worked his way up through the system until he was name manager of the Yankees in 1992.  Showalter coached the Yankees for 4 seasons and took them to the playoffs during the 1994 and 1995 seasons.  Buck was named the 1994 AL Manager of the Year following his playoff appearance during the strike shortened season.  He was fired by the Yankees following the 1995 season and was subsequently hired by the Arizona Diamondbacks in 1998, which were an expansion franchise at the time.  He led the unheralded Diamondbacks to a playoff appearance in just their second season in 1999, but he was let go the following season.  At this time, Buck Showalter began his career as an ESPN Baseball Analyst where he would remain until being hired by the Texas Rangers as their Manager in 2002.  Showalter managed the team for 4 seasons without a very talented roster, but he was once again name AL Manager of the Year in 2004.

Buck Showalter’s latest claim to fame has come as the Manager of the Baltimore Orioles.  Buck turned the Orioles, a traditional cellar-dweller in MLB, into an immediate contender and took them to the playoffs in 2012 for the first time since 1997.  Showalter has since signed a contract extension with the Orioles to remain as their manager through the 2018 season.