"Everywhere [Showalter has] been, a team's definitely progressed. It's already happened here in Baltimore," said Washington, who succeeded Showalter when he was dismissed as the Rangers' manager following the 2006 season.
Washington considers Showalter a friend and values whatever information he can glean from the longtime Major League manager, who has already affected turnarounds with the Yankees, D-backs and Rangers.
"Every opportunity I get, I try to pick his brains on many subjects," Washington said.
Most of the Rangers' clubhouse has turned over since Showalter left Texas. On the current roster, only second baseman Ian Kinsler, infielder Joaquin Arias, outfielder Nelson Cruz -- on the disabled list -- right-hander Scott Feldman, lefty C.J. Wilson and third baseman Michael Young played for Showalter.
"He's going to be prepared, knows the game really well," Young said when asked what impact he thought Showalter would have with the Orioles. "I'm sure Buck had a lot of pieces moving before he even got into his office. I'm sure he already knew the organization inside and out and he got here ready to roll."
Pete Kerzel is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.Less