ARLINGTON -- It was almost exactly a year ago that Buck Showalter met with Orioles president of baseball operations Andy MacPhail in Dallas to discuss Baltimore's managerial vacancy. Showalter, who stills owns a home in the area, said Monday afternoon he hasn't really had time to reflect on the Orioles' series in Arlington, which marks his first trip back to Texas -- where he managed for four seasons -- as Baltimore's skipper.
"I hope we have the same series they had last year," Showalter said, referencing the Orioles' four-game sweep in Texas. "But I haven't really given it a whole lot of thought. We got so many things going on right now. ... They got so many new players from when I was here, [I'm] just trying to talk to advance scouts and get ready to play the game. The only thing I'm really that familiar with is, Michael [Young] is here. And the ballpark, a little bit."
Showalter, who was dismissed following the 2006 season, isn't the only Oriole with Texas roots. Designated hitter Vladimir Guerrero was part of the American League Championship squad last season, and young starters Jake Arrieta and Zach Britton both hail from the Lone Star State, with Arrieta also graduate of Texas Christian University. Reliever Michael Gonzalez is also from Deer Park.
"A lot of guys have a background from here," Showalter said. "It says a lot about the state of Texas."