Buck Showalter

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  • B/T: L/L
  • 5' 10"/185
  • Age: 59

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Buck Showalter Bio

  • Full Name: William Nathaniel Showalter
  • Born: 5/23/1956 in DeFuniak Springs, FL
  • Draft: 1977, New York Yankees, 5th rd. (127th overall)
  • College: Mississippi State
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Buck Showalter Awards

AL Manager of the Year

Year Team League
1994 NY Yankees AL
2004 Texas AL
2014 Baltimore AL

Manager of the Year (GIBBYs)

Year Team League
2012 Baltimore AL

William Nathaniel Showalter Bio Info

Showalter was hired as the 19th manager in Orioles history on July 29, 2010 and took the helm on August 2, directing the club to a 34-23 finish, the second-best record in the AL over the last 57 games behind Minnesota's 35-22 finish. Showalter became the first manager since 1900 to take over a team on August 1 or later and win more games the rest of the way (34) than the club won before he took over (32). He is also the first manager in major league history to win seven of his first eight games after taking over a team in midseason that was 20 or more games under .500.

In his managerial career, Showalter has a 916-856 record in 12 seasons as manager of the New York Yankees (313-268; 1992-95), Arizona Diamondbacks (250-236; 1998-2000), Texas Rangers (319-329; 2003-2006) and Baltimore Orioles (34-23, 2010-current). A two-time Manager of the Year (1994 and 2004), Showalter's 916 wins entering 2011 are seventh-most among active major league managers and 63rd all-time. He recorded his 900th career win on September 4, 2010 against Tampa Bay.

Showalter spent the first 19 years of his professional baseball career in the Yankees organization, culminating in a four-year stint as manager from 1992-95. In 1994, Showalter earned American League Manager of the Year honors, guiding New York to a 70-43 record before the strike ended the season prematurely. The next season, he led the Yankees to their first playoff berth in 14 years and managed the AL All-Star team. He was the youngest manager in the Major Leagues in each of his four seasons in New York.

In November 1995, Showalter joined the Arizona Diamondbacks, 28 months before the expansion franchise began play, and helped shape the new team's Major League operations. In 1999, he guided the Diamondbacks to a 100-win season and the National League West division title, an improvement of 35 victories over the previous season, the most in Major League history.

Showalter joined the Texas Rangers prior to the 2003 season and, in 2004, guided the club to an 18-win improvement over the previous year, earning his second Manager of the Year honor.

In between managerial stints, Showalter has served as an analyst on ESPN's Baseball Tonight and ESPN Radio from 2001-02 and for the last several years.

Born in DeFuniak Springs, Fla., Showalter graduated from Mississippi State University in 1979. He earned All-American honors in 1977 in his only season with the Bulldogs, batting a school record .459 and establishing a then-team record with 44 RBIs. A fifth-round selection by the Yankees in the 1977 Draft, Showalter spent seven seasons as a first baseman and outfielder in the New York Minor League system, batting .294 in 793 games.

Showalter's managerial career began in 1985 with the Oneonta Yankees. He managed for five seasons in the Yankees' Minor League system, earning Eastern League Minor League Manager of the Year honors in 1989, prior to joining the Major League coaching staff in 1990.

Texas: Ranks third on the Rangers' all-time manager's win list with 319 ... Only Bobby Valentine (581) and Johnny Oates (506) have more wins as the Rangers skipper ... Won 800th career game as a Major League manager on Sept. 27, 2005, after victory at Seattle ... Named the BBWAA's AL Manager of the Year in 2004 after guiding the Rangers to an 89-73 record, leading a team that was not eliminated from playoff contention until the final week of the season ... Piloted the club to a third-place finish in the AL West, just three games behind division champion Anaheim .... Club's 89 victories marked an 18-win improvement over its 2003 finish, matching the third-largest increase between two seasons in Rangers history ... Named the 2004 The Sporting News AL Co-Manager of the Year, winning that award for the second time (also 1994) .... Tied with the Twins' Ron Gardenhire for The Sporting News award in 2004 ... Was appointed as the 16th full-time manager in club history on Oct. 11, 2002, signing a four-year contract.

ESPN: For the last several years, in addition to 2001 and 2002 seasons, Showalter worked with baseball coverage on ESPN and ESPN Radio ... Was a regular studio analyst on Baseball Tonight and also served as analyst for game broadcasts on television and radio ... Worked 2002 Arizona-St. Louis Division Series games for ESPN Radio.

Arizona: Guided the Diamondbacks to a 250-236 (.514) record from 1998-2000, the franchise's first three seasons in the NL .... 2000: Arizona led the NL West for first four months before finishing third at 85-77, 12 games behind San Francisco ... Won his 500th career game, May 31 vs. St. Louis .... 1999: Guided the Diamondbacks to the NL West title with a 100-62 record, 14 games ahead of San Francisco ... Marked the first time that an expansion team had ever won a division title in as few as two years ... Increase of 35 victories from 1998 represented the biggest improvement in Major League history ... Diamondbacks won 51 of final 68 games ... Arizona lost in four games to the New York Mets in the NL Division Series ... Earned his 400th career victory, June 4 vs. Texas ... 1998: In its inaugural season, Arizona was 65-97, the fourth-most wins ever for an expansion club in its first year ... Won seven consecutive contests, Aug. 28-Sept. 4, tying the 1961 Los Angeles Angels for longest winning streak ever for an expansion team ... Joined the Arizona organization as its first manager on Nov. 15, 1995, 28 months before the NL expansion club began play ... During that period, was instrumental in the formation of Arizona's Major League operation and was heavily involved in the scouting of Major and Minor League talent.

New York Yankees: Had a 313-268 record (.539) in four seasons as New York's manager ... At that time, was the longest consecutive tenure for a Yankees skipper since Ralph Houk managed from 1966-73 ... Was the Major Leagues' youngest manager in each of his four seasons at New York ... 1995: Yankees earned their first postseason appearance since 1981, winning the AL Wild Card with a 78-66 record, second in the East, seven games behind Boston ... New York won nine of final 10 games to earn playoff berth ... Won first two games of AL Division Series versus Seattle before dropping final three contests in the Kingdome ... Managed the AL squad in the July 11 All-Star Game at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington, losing to the NL, 3-2 ... 1994: Guided Yankees to 70-43 record, a .619 winning percentage that ranked as second best in the Majors at time of players' strike on Aug. 12 ... Had a 6 1/2-game lead in AL East, biggest advantage of any division ... Won his 200th game as a Yankee on June 13 in Baltimore at the age of 38, second-youngest New York skipper to reach that milestone behind Clark Griffith at age 35 in 1905 ... Selected as the AL Manager of the Year by the Baseball Writers' Association of America and The Sporting News ... 1993: New York finished second in AL East at 88-74, seven games behind Toronto and a 13-game improvement from 1992 ... Yankees set a Major League record by spending 93 consecutive days (June 18-Sept. 18) within three games of the division lead without ever holding the top spot outright ... Established another big league mark by being tied for the division lead on 18 different days without ever capturing the top spot alone ... Finished second in AL BBWAA Manager of the Year balloting behind Chicago's Gene Lamont ... 1992: Appointed as the 30th Yankees manager on Oct. 29, 1991, at age 35, the club's youngest skipper since Roger Peckinpaugh (23) in 1914 ... New York went 76-86, a five-game improvement from 1991 and had second-best start in team history at 6-0 ... Served as a coach for Tom Kelly in All-Star Game at San Diego, the first Yankee manager to achieve that distinction since Houk in 1970.

New York organization: Spent the first 19 seasons of his pro career in the Yankees organization ... Was on New York's Major League coaching staff for two seasons, serving as team's "eye-in-the-sky coach" for first half of 1990 and as third-base coach from June 6, 1990, through 1991 ... Compiled a 360-207 record in five seasons as a Minor League manager from 1985-89 with four first-place finishes ... Had a 14-4 record in postseason play, winning league championships at Oneonta (New York-Penn) in 1985, Fort Lauderdale (Florida State) in 1987 and Albany-Colonie (Eastern) in 1989 ... Eastern League Manager of the Year in 1989 as Albany-Colonie won 92 games, most for a Yankees farm club since 1980 ... Oneonta established New York-Penn League records for victories in both 1985 (55) and '86 (59) ... Served as third-base coach at Fort Lauderdale in 1984.

Spent seven seasons as first baseman-outfielder in Yankees' Minor League system from 1977-83 with a career .294 average ... Led Southern League in hits (152) at Nashville in 1982 ... Was a teammate of Don Mattingly at Nashville in 1981 ... Also topped SL in hits (178) and finished second in average (.324) in 1980, when Nashville won a league-record 97 games ... Teammates that year included future Major Leaguers Steve Balboni, Tom Filer, Andy McGaffigan, Willie McGee, Rafael Santana and Pat Tabler ... New York's fifth-round selection in 1977 June Draft.

Earned All-American honors in 1977 in only season at Mississippi State University ... Established existing school record for batting average (.459) and then-team mark for RBIs (44) ... An All-American in 1976 at Chipola Junior College in Marianna, Fla. ... Played for Hyannis in Cape Cod League in summer of 1976, batting .434 to break Thurman Munson's existing league record ... Played baseball, basketball and football at Century, Fla., HS (graduated '74).

After wearing No. 11 in his previous managerial stints, switched to No. 26 after joining the Orioles to honor late O's player and manager Johnny Oates .... Graduated from Mississippi State University with a B.S. in education in 1979 ... Elected to the Cape Cod League Hall of Fame in 2002 ... Buck's father, the late William Nathaniel II, was an All-American fullback at Milligan College in Tennessee and played briefly for the Pittsburgh Steelers, then served as a teacher and principal at Century High School for 23 years .... Was called "Nat" throughout his youth before acquiring nickname "Buck" from Ed Napoleon, his manager at Fort Lauderdale in 1977 ... Buck and his wife, Angela, were married on March 5, 1983, and have two children, Allie St. Clair (Jan. 30, 1987) and William Nathaniel IV (Dec. 17, 1991).