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William Nathaniel "Buck" Showalter (born May 23, 1956 in DeFuniak Springs, Florida) is an American former professional baseball player and the current manager of the Texas Rangers. Image File history File links MLB manager Buck Showalter File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... May 23 is the 143rd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (144th in leap years). ... 1956 was a leap year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... De Funiak Springs is a city located in Walton County, Florida. ... Baseball is popular in the Americas and East Asia. ... In baseball, the head coach of a team is called the manager; this individual controls matters of team strategy on the field and team leadership. ... Texas Rangers American League AAA Oklahoma RedHawks AA Frisco RoughRiders A Bakersfield Blaze Clinton LumberKings Spokane Indians R Arizona Rangers The Texas Rangers are a Major League Baseball team based in Arlington, Texas, a suburb in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex. ...


Buck Showalter played college baseball at Mississippi State University, where he was an All-American who batted .459 in 1977. He was selected by the New York Yankees in the fifth round of the draft, and spent seven seasons in the Yankees' minor league system where he had a career average of .294 with 17 home runs and 36 RBIs. Showalter never played in the majors with the Yankees in part because he played first base, the same position as Yankee great Don Mattingly. Drill Field on the Mississippi State University campus Mississippi State University is a land-grant university located in north east-central Mississippi in the town of Starkville and is situated 125 miles northeast of Jackson and 23 miles west of Columbus. ... Batting average is a statistic in both baseball and cricket measuring the performance of baseball hitters and cricket batsmen, respectively. ... See also: 1976 in sports, other events of 1977, 1978 in sports and the list of years in sports. // Auto racing Stock car racing: NASCAR Championship - Cale Yarborough Cale Yarborough won the Daytona 500 USAC Racing - Tom Sneva wins the season championship Indianapolis 500 - won by A.J. Foyt. ... The New York Yankees are a Major League baseball team based in The Bronx, New York City. ... A Class A California League game in San Jose, California (1994) Minor baseball leagues are North American professional baseball leagues that compete at a level below that of Major League Baseball. ... For other uses of the phrase see Home run (disambiguation) In baseball, a home run is a base hit in which the batter is able to circle all the bases, ending at home plate and scoring a run himself (along with a run for each runner who was already on... In baseball statistics, a run batted in (RBI) is given to a batter for each run scored as the result of a batters plate appearance. ... MLB logo Major League Baseball (MLB) is the highest level of play in professional baseball in the world. ... The position of the first baseman First base, or 1B, is the first of four stations on a baseball diamond which must be touched in succession by a base runner in order to score a run for that players team. ... Donald Arthur Mattingly (nicknamed Donnie Baseball and The Hit Man) (born April 20, 1961) was a star left-handed baseball player (first baseman) for the New York Yankees in the 1980s. ...


However, while Showalter didn't have an impressive playing career, he had a knack for the mental part of baseball and was hired as manager of the single-A minor league Oneonta Tigers in 1985, leading them to 114 victories in two seasons. In 1987 he became manager of the minor league Fort Lauderdale Yankees, leading the league with an 85-53 record in his first season. By 1989, Showalter was with the double-A Albany-Colonie Yankees of the Eastern League, where he was named Minor League Manager of the Year. The Oneonta Tigers are a minor league baseball team from Oneonta, New York. ... See also: 1984 in sports, other events of 1985, 1986 in sports and the list of years in sports. // Auto Racing Stock car racing: Bill Elliott won the Daytona 500 NASCAR Championship - Darrell Waltrip Ken Schrader enters NASCAR CART Racing - Al Unser Sr won the season championship Indianapolis 500 - Danny... See also: 1986 in sports, other events of 1987, 1988 in sports and the list of years in sports. // Auto Racing Stock car racing: Bill Elliott won the Daytona 500 NASCAR Championship - Dale Earnhardt CART Racing - Bobby Rahal won the season championship Indianapolis 500 - Al Unser, Sr. ... See also: 1988 in sports, 1990 in sports and the list of years in sports. Auto Racing Stock car racing: Darrell Waltrip won the Daytona 500 NASCAR Championship - Rusty Wallace CART Racing - season championship won by Emerson Fittipaldi Indianapolis 500 - Emerson Fittipaldi Formula One Championship - France 24 hours of Le... There are at least two different possible meanings for Eastern League: Eastern League - A professional baseball minor league in the United States Eastern League - One of two professional baseball minor leagues in Japan This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share the...


In 1990, Showalter was promoted to the coaching staff of the New York Yankees, and eventually succeeded Stump Merrill as the team's manager for the 1992 season. During his four years as the Yankees' skipper, the team posted a record of 313-268, finishing first during the strike-shortened 1994 season when he was also named the American League's Manager of the Year. The Yankees won the AL wild card in 1995, participating in the playoffs for the first time since 1981; but after the team's elimination, Showalter was forced out by George Steinbrenner because of personal animosity between the two in favor of Joe Torre. The Yankees won the World Series the following year. See also: 1989 in sports, other events of 1990, 1991 in sports and the list of years in sports. // Auto Racing Stock car racing: Derrike Cope won the Daytona 500 NASCAR Championship - Dale Earnhardt CART Racing - Al Unser, Jr. ... See also: 1991 in sports, other events of 1992, 1993 in sports and the list of years in sports. // Auto Racing Stock car racing: Davey Allison won the Daytona 500 NASCAR Championship - Alan Kulwicki CART Racing - season championship won by Bobby Rahal Indianapolis 500 - Al Unser, Jr. ... See also: 1993 in sports, other events of 1994, 1995 in sports and the list of years in sports. Auto Racing Stock car racing: Sterling Marlin won the Daytona 500 NASCAR Championship - Dale Earnhardt CART Racing - season championship won by Al Unser, Jr Indianapolis 500 - Al Unser, Jr. ... The American League (or formally the American League of Professional Baseball Clubs) is one of two leagues that make up Major League Baseball in the United States of America and Canada. ... In Major League Baseball, the Manager of the Year Award is an honor given annually to the best managers in the American and National Leagues. ... See also: 1994 in sports, 1996 in sports and the list of years in sports. Auto Racing Stock car racing: Sterling Marlin won the Daytona 500 NASCAR Championship - Jeff Gordon CART racing - season championship won by Jacques Villeneuve Indianapolis 500 - Jacques Villeneuve. ... George Michael Steinbrenner III (born July 4, 1930), often known simply as The Boss, is best known as the principal owner of the New York Yankees. ... Joseph Paul Torre (born July 18, 1940 in Brooklyn, New York) is the manager of the New York Yankees and a former Major League Baseball player in the National League for the Milwaukee/Atlanta Braves, St. ... The 1996 World Series matched the defending champion Atlanta Braves against the New York Yankees, with the Yankees winning in six games to capture their first championship since 1978, and their 23rd overall. ...


In 1996, Showalter was quickly hired by the expansion Arizona Diamondbacks two years before the team was scheduled to begin play in order to take a more active role in developing the eventual roster. In the Diamondbacks' first season (1998), Showalter only managed the team to a 65-97 record; but following numerous off-season player acquisitions which included Randy Johnson, Armando Reynoso, Todd Stottlemyre and Steve Finley, Showalter managed the team to a 100-62 record, the best in the National League's Western Division. However, following a mediocre third season, the Diamondbacks fired Showalter, leaving his 3-year record at 250-236. Just like the Yankees did after replacing Showalter, the Diamondbacks won the World Series the following year (coincidentally by beating the Yankees). See also: 1995 in sports, other events of 1996, 1997 in sports and the list of years in sports. Auto Racing Stock car racing: Dale Jarrett won the Daytona 500 NASCAR Championship - Terry Labonte Rusty Wallace wins the Suzuka NASCAR Thunder 100 at Suzuka City November 24, the first NASCAR... The Arizona Diamondbacks are a Major League Baseball team based in Phoenix, Arizona. ... See also: 1997 in sports, 1999 in sports and the list of years in sports. Auto Racing Stock car racing: Dale Earnhardt won the Daytona 500 NASCAR Championship - Jeff Gordon Indy Racing League - Indianapolis 500 - Eddie Cheever CART Racing - Alex Zanardi won the season championship Formula One Championship - Finland 24... Johnson tossing out a pitch against the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park Randall David Randy Johnson (born September 10, 1963 in Walnut Creek, California), also known as The Big Unit, is a left-handed pitcher in Major League Baseball. ... Todd Stottlemyre (born May 20, 1965 in Sunnyside, Washington) was a professional pitcher for 15 seasons in Major League Baseball playing for the Toronto Blue Jays, the Oakland Athletics, the St. ... Steve Finley at bat for the Arizona Diamondbacks. ... This article refers to the American baseball league. ... The 2001 World Series (the November Series) was arguably one of the most exciting World Series in recent memory. ...


After a few years as an analyst on ESPN, Buck Showalter was hired as manager of the Texas Rangers on October 11, 2002, following an abysmal last-place season under manager Jerry Narron. In his first season with the Rangers, Showalter managed the team to a 71-91 record - again in last place; but following the high-profile, off-season trade which sent Alex Rodriguez to the Yankees, Showalter's Rangers jumped out to a surprising, early-season record of 17-9 by early May of the 2004 season. The Rangers stayed in playoff contention for most of the season, performing far better than anyone had predicted. The Rangers failed to make the playoffs, finishing third in the contentious AL West. However, Showalter was named Manager of the Year. ESPN, formerly an abbreviation of Entertainment and Sports Programming Network, is an American cable television network dedicated to broadcasting sports-related programming 24 hours a day. ... October 11 is the 284th day of the year (285th in Leap years). ... 2002 is a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... the interiem manger of the Cinncinnati Reds. ... Alex Rodriguez taking his position at 3rd base at the beginning of a new inning Alexander Emanuel Rodriguez (born July 27, 1975 in New York City), nicknamed A-Rod, is widely regarded as one of the best players in Major League Baseball and at a young age already is being... See also: 2003 in sports, other events of 2004, 2005 in sports, list of years in sports. // Events On January 28, International Olympic Committee Vice-President Kim Un-yong is arrested on charges of corruption in Seoul. ... In Major League Baseball, the Manager of the Year Award is an honor given annually to the best managers in the American and National Leagues. ...


External link

  • Buck Showalter fan site
  • Baseball-Reference.com - managing record

  Results from FactBites:
 
ABC News: Rangers Fire Manager Buck Showalter (529 words)
Showalter was fired as manager of the Texas Rangers on Wednesday, ending four seasons in which he was never able to get a team with several young All-Stars above third place in the AL West.
Buck Showalter was fired as manager of the Texas Rangers on Wednesday, ending four seasons in which he was never able to get a team with several young All-Stars above third place in the AL West.
Showalter was the AL manager of the year only two years ago, when AL MVP Alex Rodriguez was traded in the spring and the Rangers went on to contend for a playoff spot until the final few games of the season.
Buck Showalter joins Indians as adviser - Boston.com (416 words)
Showalter said he took the job because "it had a good feel to it" and he liked the people he'll be working with.
Showalter was let go by the Rangers after they went 80-82, the club's sixth losing season in seven years since last making the playoffs in 1999.
Showalter said he was concerned some might perceive his hiring as the Indians' way to have a manager waiting in the wings, which he said is not the case.
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