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January 07, 2014 | Glenn Clark

12. Buck Showalter’s first (partial) season as Orioles manager (2010)

The Birds were WOEFUL when Showalter arrived, the third manager (Dave Trembley, Juan Samuel) to take the helm in a miserable season. At the time he arrived, the O’s were 32-73 on the season. In a glimpse of things to come in future years, Showalter guided the team to an incredibly respectable 34-23 finish in August and September. Perhaps Showalter’s finest moment came after his very first game-an early August win over the Angels. The skipper left reliever Mike Gonzalez in to pitch the eighth inning and the first two outs of the ninth before giving way to Alfredo Simon, denying either the opportunity to pick up a save. In his post-game press conference, this statement became folklore.

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