After wearing No. 11 in his previous managerial stints, he switched to No. 26 upon joining the Orioles to honor the late O's player and manager Johnny Oates...Prior to joining the Orioles, and during the 2001 and 2002 seasons, Showalter worked for ESPN as a regular studio analyst on Baseball Tonight and an analyst on ESPN's television and radio broadcasts...He also worked the 2002 National League Division Series games between Arizona and St. Louis for ESPN Radio...Graduated from Mississippi State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in education in 1979...Showalter's father, the late William Nathaniel II, was an All-American fullback at Milligan College in Tennessee and then served as principal at Century High School for 23 years...Showalter was called "Nat" throughout his youth before acquiring nickname "Buck" from Ed Napoleon, his manager at Fort Lauderdale in 1977...Showalter and his wife, Angela, were married on March 5, 1983, and have two children...Their daughter, Allie St. Clair Showalter Robinson, was born on January 30, 1987, and married Andrew Robinson in 2013...Their son, William Nathaniel IV (Nathan), was born December 17, 1991, and is currently an Area Scout for the Orioles.
A three-time Manager of the Year (1994, 2004, and 2014), Buck Showalter enters his seventh season with the Orioles. Showalter currently ranks fourth among active Major League managers and 31stall-time with 1,340 career victories… In his managerial career, Showalter is 1,340-1,242 in 17 seasons as manager of the New York Yankees (313-268; 1992-1995), Arizona Diamondbacks (250-236; 1998-2000), Texas Rangers (319-329; 2003-06), and Orioles (458-409; 2010-present). He recorded his 1,000th career win on May 1, 2012 at New York-AL…On January 16, 2013, the Orioles announced a contract extension for Showalter through 2018. 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 American League 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 mid-season that was 20 or more games under .500. Over the last four seasons, the Orioles have won more games (355) than any other American League club, finishing .500 or better each year. The Orioles have also committed the fewest amount of errors and slugged the most home runs (854) in Major League Baseball since the beginning of the 2012 season. Under Showalter's guidance, the 2014 Orioles went 96-66 and won the American League East division title for the first time since 1997, 12.0 games ahead of the New York Yankees. After sweeping the Detroit Tigers in the American League Division Series, 3-0, the Orioles made their first trip to the American League Championship Series since 1997 where, they fell to the Kansas City Royals in four games. Following the season, Showalter earned his third Baseball Writers Association of America (BBWAA) American League Manager of the Year award as well as his second Manager of the Year honor from Baseball America (also 2012)….In 2012, Showalter led the Orioles to a 24-game improvement (69 wins in 2011 to 93 in 2012) and the American League Division Series, where they fell to the New York Yankees, 3-2. The Orioles and Rangers reached the postseason in 2012 as the two Wild Card teams and met in a one-game playoff in Arlington to determine the Wild Card team for the Division Series round. The Orioles advanced with a 5-1 win. Following the season, Showalter was named The Sporting News'2012 AL Manager of the Year and was awarded the C.I. Taylor Legacy Award by the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum as the top AL manager….Showalter spent the first 19 years of his professional baseball career in the New York Yankees organization, culminating in a four-year stint as the manager from 1992-95… In 1994, Showalter earned AL 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 American League 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 NL 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, led the club to an 18-win improvement over the previous year, earning his second AL Manager of the Year honor from the BBWAA…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 Manager of the Year honors in 1989, prior to joining the Major League coaching staff in 1990.