Showalter has first meeting with new squad

Showalter has first meeting with new squad

BALTIMORE -- Orioles' new manager Buck Showalter met with the team for the first time at 3:20 p.m. ET on Tuesday, almost four hours prior to taking the field against the Angels. While Showalter and the players declined to get into specifics about the meeting, the overall message was just going out and playing hard.

"I think it's his job to put the players in a position to succeed, and I'm pretty sure he will do that" first baseman Ty Wigginton said. "Everything he's accomplished in this game speaks for itself. I'm sure all of the players are well aware of that."

Showalter, whose contract runs through 2013, is the third manager for the Orioles this season. Dave Trembley, who went 15-39, started the season and was fired on May 13. Juan Samuel's tenure as the interim manager ended Sunday at Kansas City, going 17-34.

Unlike the previous two skippers for the Orioles, Showalter has a wealth of experience with a career record of 882-833 over 11 seasons and was twice named Manager of the Year. The Orioles are hopeful he can lead them out of the doldrums even as they head toward their 13th consecutive losing season.

Before the game, Showalter also talked extensively to second baseman Brian Roberts and outfielder Nick Markakis alone in right field.

"I tried to get a little feedback ... [it's a] little quiet right now," Showalter said. "We'll get that one-on-one. I have to keep in mind this is the third time they've done this."

Markakis said regardless of whom is managing the team, the players need to perform. He said the key is that the team knows Showalter is being viewed as a long-term answer and will likely be around for several seasons.

"It was pretty simple," Markakis said about the first meeting. "He pretty much came in and told us how it was going to be. We're all ready to get started. The biggest thing is we have a manager we know is going to be here."

The players are hoping the continuity with Showalter could eventually lead to more wins -- as long as the team performs.

"We no longer have to worry about if so-and-so is going to be here next week," Wigginton said. "Let's just go out and focus on baseball."