When Buck Showalter took over as manager for the Baltimore Orioles in 2010, he inherited a team with the worst record in the league.
Two years later, the team made its first appearance in post season play since 1997.
And in 2014, Showalter led the Orioles to a first-place finish in the American League East Division, returning to the playoffs for the second time in three seasons.
When looking forward to the 2015 season, Showalter says he will not be satisfied “until we’re the last team standing.”
Showalter, a three-time American League (AL) Manager of the Year, said the team had a good year in 2014 and provided entertainment for the fans.
“They are not mine,” he said of the team. “It’s like being handed the keys to something great and trying to keep it on track. There is such sincerity and a kinship for the Orioles. They impact so many people’s lives.”
Showalter spent seven years in the New York Yankees minor-league system as a player before earning a job as a coach. After managing the Yankees, Arizona Diamondbacks and Texas Rangers, Showalter served for a stint as an ESPN commentator.
“Maryland influences me more than I influence it,” he said. “It’s been very impactful, and it’s very humbling to be able to manage the Orioles.”