A three-time Manager of the Year (1994, 2004, and 2014), Buck Showalter enters his ninth season with the Orioles. Showalter currently ranks third among active Major League managers and 23rd all-time with 1,504 career victories. In his managerial career, Showalter is 1,504-1,402 in 19 seasons as manager of the New York Yankees (313-268; 1992- 1995), Arizona Diamondbacks (250-236; 1998-2000), Texas Rangers (319-329; 2003-06), and Orioles (622-569; 2010- present). He recorded his 1,000th career win on May 1, 2012 at New York-AL. Five years later, on September 5, 2017, Showalter notched the 1,500th victory of his managerial career as the Orioles defeated the Yankees in walk-off fashion.
Over the last six seasons, the Orioles have won the third-most games among all American League clubs (519), finishing with a record of .500 or better in five of the six years. The Orioles have also committed the fewest amount of errors (498) and slugged the most home runs (1,339) in Major League Baseball since the beginning of the 2012 season. In that span, the Orioles have posted the best home record in the AL, going 286-197 (.592) at Oriole Park.
On August 2, 2016, Showalter passed former Orioles manager Paul Richards for sole possession of second place on the Orioles all-time managerial wins list with 518 victories. Showalter trails only Baseball Hall of Famer and Orioles Legend Earl Weaver, who won 1,480 games as manager of the Orioles from 1969-1982 and 1985-1986, as well as four American League pennants and the 1970 World Series. Showalter was named as one of three finalists for the 2016 Baseball Writers' Association of America (BBWAA) Manager of the Year award after he led the Orioles to a Wild Card Game appearance against the Toronto Blue Jays.
Under Showalter's guidance, the 2014 Orioles went 96-66 and won the American League East division title for the first time since 1997, 12.0 games ahead of the New York Yankees. After sweeping the Detroit Tigers in the American League Division Series, 3-0, the Orioles made their first trip to the American League Championship Series since 1997 where they fell to the Kansas City Royals in four games. Following the season, Showalter earned his third BBWAA American League Manager of the Year award as well as his second Manager of the Year honor from Baseball America (also 2012).
In 2012, Showalter led the Orioles to a 24-game improvement (69 wins in 2011 to 93 in 2012) and the American League Division Series, where they fell to the New York Yankees, 3-2. The Orioles and Rangers reached the postseason in 2012 as the two Wild Card teams and met in a one-game playoff in Arlington to determine the Wild Card team for the Division Series round. The Orioles advanced with a 5-1 win. Following the season, Showalter was named The Sporting News' 2012 AL Manager of the Year and was awarded the C.I. Taylor Legacy Award by the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum as the top AL manager.
Showalter was hired as the 19th manager in Orioles history on July 29, 2010, and took the helm on August 2, directing the club to a 34-23 finish, the second-best record in the American League over the last 57 games behind Minnesota's 35-22 finish. Showalter became the first manager since 1900 to take over a team on August 1 or later and win more games the rest of the way (34) than the club won before he took over (32). He is also the first manager in Major League history to win seven of his first eight games after taking over a team mid-season that was 20 or more games under .500.
Showalter spent the first 19 years of his professional baseball career in the New York Yankees organization, culminating in a four-year stint as the manager from 1992-95. In 1994, Showalter earned AL Manager of the Year honors, guiding New York to a 70-43 record before the strike ended the season prematurely. The next season, he led the Yankees to their first playoff berth in 14 years and managed the American League All-Star team. He was the youngest manager in the Major Leagues in each of his four seasons in New York.
In November 1995, Showalter joined the Arizona Diamondbacks, 28 months before the expansion franchise began play, and helped shape the new team's Major League operations. In 1999, he guided the Diamondbacks to a 100-win season and the NL West division title, an improvement of 35 victories over the previous season, the most in Major League history.
Showalter joined the Texas Rangers prior to the 2003 season and, in 2004, led the club to an 18-win improvement over the previous year, earning his second AL Manager of the Year honor from the BBWAA.
Showalter's managerial career began in 1985 with the Oneonta Yankees. He managed for five seasons in the Yankees minor league system, earning Eastern League Manager of the Year honors in 1989, prior to joining the Major League coaching staff in 1990.
Texas: Ranks fourth on the Rangers all-time managerial wins list with 319…Only Ron Washington (664), Bobby Valentine (581) and Johnny Oates (506) have more wins as the Rangers skipper…Named the BBWAA's American League Manager of the Year in 2004 after guiding the Rangers to an 89-73 record, leading a team that was not eliminated from postseason contention until the final week of the season…Led the club to a third-place finish in the AL West, just 3.0 games behind division champion Anaheim…Named the 2004 The Sporting News AL Co-Manager of the Year, winning that award for the second time (also 1994)…Tied with Minnesota's Ron Gardenhire for The Sporting News award in 2004…Was appointed as the 16th full-time manager in club history on October 11, 2002, signing a four-year contract.
Arizona: Guided the Diamondbacks to a 250-236 (.514) record from 1998-2000, the franchise's first three seasons in the National League…2000: Arizona led the NL West for the first four months before finishing third at 85-77, 12.0 games behind San Francisco…1999: Guided the Diamondbacks to the NL West title with a 100-62 record, 14.0 games ahead of San Francisco…Marked the first time that an expansion team had ever won a division title in as few as two years…Increase of 35 victories from 1998 represented the biggest improvement in Major League history...Diamondbacks won 51 of final 68 games...Arizona lost in four games to the New York Mets in the National League Division Series...1998: In its inaugural season, Arizona was 65-97, the fourth-most wins ever for an expansion club in its first year...Won seven consecutive contests, August 28-September 4, tying the 1961 Los Angeles Angels for the longest winning streak ever for an expansion team…Joined the Arizona organization as its first manager on November 15, 1995, 28 months before the NL expansion club began play…During that period was instrumental in the formation of Arizona's Major League operation and was heavily involved in the scouting of Major and Minor League talent.
New York Yankees: Had a 313-268 record (.539) in four seasons as New York's manager…At that time, was the longest consecutive tenure for a Yankees skipper since Ralph Houk managed from 1966-73…Was the Major Leagues' youngest manager in each of his four seasons with New York…1995: Yankees earned their first postseason appearance since 1981, winning the AL Wild Card with a 78-66 record, second in the East, 7.0 games behind Boston…New York won nine of its final 10 games to earn a playoff berth…Won the first two games of the American League Division Series against Seattle before dropping final three contests in the Kingdome…Managed the AL squad in the All-Star Game at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington, losing to the NL, 3-2…1994: Guided the Yankees to 70-43 record, a .619 winning percentage that ranked as second-best in the Majors at time of players' strike on August 12…Had a 6.5 game lead in AL East, biggest advantage of any division…Won his 200th game as a Yankee on June 13 in Baltimore at the age of 38, second-youngest New York skipper to reach that milestone behind Clark Griffith at age 35 in 1905…Selected as the American League Manager of the Year by the BBWAA and The Sporting News…1993: New York finished second in the AL East at 88-74, 7.0 games behind Toronto and a 13-game improvement from 1992…Finished second in AL BBWAA Manager of the Year balloting behind Chicago's Gene Lamont…1992: Appointed as the 30th Yankees manager on October 29, 1991, at the age of 35, the club's youngest skipper since Roger Peckinpaugh (23) in 1914…New York went 76-86, a five-game improvement from 1991 and had second-best start in team history at 6-0…Served as a coach for Tom Kelly in the All-Star Game at San Diego, the first Yankee manager to achieve that distinction since Houk in 1970.
Spent the first 19 seasons of his professional career in the Yankees organization…Was on New York's Major League coaching staff for two seasons, serving as the team's "eye in the sky coach" for the first half of 1990 and as the third base coach from June 6, 1990 through 1991…Compiled a 360-207 record in five seasons as a Minor League manager from 1985-1989 with four first-place finishes…Had a 14-4 record in postseason play, winning league championships at Oneonta (New York-Penn) in 1985, Fort Lauderdale (Florida State) in 1987 and Albany-Colonie (Eastern) in 1989…Eastern League Manager of the Year in 1989 as Albany-Colonie won 92 games, most for a Yankees farm club since 1980…Oneonta established New York-Penn League records for victories in both 1985 (55) and 1986 (59)…Served as the third base coach at Fort Lauderdale in 1984.
A fifth-round selection by the Yankees in the 1977 First-Year Player Draft, he spent seven seasons as a first baseman-outfielder in the Yankees Minor League system from 1977-83 with a career .294 batting average…Led Southern League in hits (152) at Nashville in 1982…Was a teammate of Don Mattingly at Nashville in 1981…Also topped the Southern League in hits (178), and finished second in batting average (.324) in 1980, when Nashville won a league-record 97 games…Teammates that year included future Major Leaguers Steve Balboni, Tom Filer, Andy McGaffigan, Willie McGee, Rafael Santana and Pat Tabler.
Earned First Team All-America honors in 1977 in his only season at Mississippi State University, where he established a still-standing school record for batting average (.459) and a then-team mark for RBIs (44)…Was an All-American in 1976 at Chipola Junior College in Marianna, FL…Had his jersey retired at Chipola on February 5, 2011…Played for Hyannis in the Cape Cod League in the summer of 1976, batting .434 to break Thurman Munson's league record…Elected to the Cape Cod League Hall of Fame in 2002…Played baseball, basketball and football at Century, FL, HS (graduated 1974).
After wearing No. 11 in his previous managerial stints, he switched to No. 26 upon joining the Orioles to honor the late O's player and manager Johnny Oates…Prior to joining the Orioles, and during the 2001 and 2002 seasons, Showalter worked for ESPN as a regular studio analyst on Baseball Tonight and an analyst on ESPN's television and radio broadcasts...He also worked the 2002 National League Division Series games between Arizona and St. Louis for ESPN Radio…Graduated from Mississippi State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in education in 1979…Showalter's father, the late William Nathaniel II, was an All-American fullback at Milligan College in Tennessee and then served as principal at Century High School for 23 years…Showalter was called "Nat" throughout his youth before acquiring the nickname "Buck" from Ed Napoleon, his manager at Fort Lauderdale in 1977…Showalter and his wife, Angela, were married on March 5, 1983, and have two children…Their daughter, Allison (Allie) St. Clair Showalter Robinson, was born on January 30, 1987, and married Andrew Robinson in 2013...Allie and Andrew welcomed their first child, Winston, on June 22, 2017...Showalter's son, William Nathaniel IV (Nathan), was born December 17, 1991, and married Rebecca Gardner in 2017...Nathan is currently an Area Scout for the Orioles...The Showalters support KidsPeace, a nonprofit organization that serves foster children...Each year, they host the annual KidsPeace Trick-or-Trot 5K/1-Mile Walk at Oriole Park.