We debut our #WNSTSweet16 list with the Greatest Local Sports debuts

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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2 Comments For This Post

  1. Doug in Ellicott City Says:

    Fun list…interesting insight. Greatest debut in Baltimore history has to be Frank Robinson in 1966. Joe Altobelli didn’t do so bad, either. Two other Orioles debut seasons that come to mind are Mighty Mike Young (’84 & ’85?) and Jim Traber in the summer of ’86.

  2. unitastoberry Says:

    I was at many of those events and I was lucky to be born here in 1958 and grow up with the Orioles and Colts in their prime. I have to totally agree with Frank being number one.
    I was a Jr Oriole in 66 attending many games with my late father. Frank turned this town on its ear and provided baseball with a season for the ages. His 6 years here was the Oriole way!

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