Still talking about the Showalter effect
Buck Showalter was going to be a prime topic of conversation either way with the Orioles in New York facing a Yankees team that Showalter used to manage. However after his new club took the first two from the reigning world champs, there is even more talk about how well the Orioles are playing since Showalter took over. They are 21-13 under him and 6-4-1 in series. They had won just four total series before Showalter took over.
Here are a couple of comments about the new Orioles under Showalter:
Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter: "They’re playing well. I don’t know because I never switched managers in the middle of a season, but I’m pretty sure there are a lot of guys over there trying to make an impression."
Orioles outfielder Nolan Reimold: "It’s a different atmosphere, for sure, because winning cures a lot, pretty much everything. Guys are having a lot of fun. Going out there and winning and playing good ball is fun."
Orioles outfielder Adam Jones: "I think it’s the same group of guys, but we are holding ourselves personally accountable for whatever goes on. I just think our focus is a little bit tighter and we are playing a lot better team baseball. You saw it out there [Tuesday]. It was a mistake by me, and I was picked up by our pitchers. Earlier on in the year, that might have opened the floodgates or something else. But they were able to limit my mistake and get us through the inning."