While their time as Minor League teammates was short, the pair became friends over time, with Mattingly gaining a great appreciation for Showalter when the latter served as New York Yankees manager.
"The view he had on talent was always good," Mattingly said. "He always knew who could play and who couldn't, and he knew how you were supposed to play. That's what was always kind of impressive with Buck. He knew young talent and how you were supposed to play the game."
Elliot Smith is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.