The Boston Globe staff ranked baseball’s managers in an annual column prior to the season’s start. Orioles manager Buck Showalter finished tenth on the list, which isn’t too shabby considering the fact that he has only managed in Baltimore for 57 games.
10. Buck Showalter, Orioles — Extremely prepared, organized, and experienced, he has changed the losing culture in Baltimore pretty swiftly and has been able to get the players and organization on the same page.
Showalter finished behind Bruce Bochy (SF), Terry Francona (BOS), Tony La Russa (STL), Jim Leyland (DET), Joe Maddon (TB), Joe Girardi (NYY), Mike Scioscia (LAA), Charlie Manuel (PHI) and Ozzie Guillen (CWS). He certainly is in good company on that list. Personally, I’m surprised to see that Rangers’ skipper Ron Washington didn’t crack the top ten, he certainly was a big part of Texas’ run to the World Series last season. He was ranked 14th on this list.
I also think that Joe Girardi is incredibly over rated and that Terry Francona may also be a little high finishing behind Bruce Bochy, who’s team won the World Series last season. But it is a Boston newspaper after all.
What do you think of Showalter’s ranking?