NEW YORK -- Manager Buck Showalter is on the cusp of a milestone, as the Orioles skipper entered Monday's series opener against the Yankees -- a 2-1 Baltimore loss -- one win shy of 1,000 career managerial victories, a mark Showalter's two children have made him aware of, the manager said.
When asked if there would be any significance to reaching the 1,000-win mark against the New York Yankees -- the organization with whom he got his first career managerial win, on April 7, 1992 -- Showalter said he doesn't look at it that way.
"[It] just reminds you of what an honor it is to be in the big leagues and have a chance to do it for a while," said Showalter, who is in his third year with the Orioles and entered Monday with a career record of 999-957 in 14 seasons with the Yankees, Rangers, D-backs and O's. "To be around so many good players, good general managers, good owners, good organizations -- not a day goes by I don't wake up and realize what an honor it is to be in the big leagues."
Showalter, who notched his first win on Opening Day in 1997, recounted the final out of that game -- which featured Scott Sanderson beating Roger Clemens' Red Sox, 4-3 -- and said he remembers all of the losses pretty vividly, too.
"I remember walking up the runway and realizing you had about 45 seconds before you had to figure out a way to win the next game," said Showalter, who is seventh among active managers in wins. "[I] had some good players, had some good people."