Reporting Kevin Battle
The Baltimore Orioles are honoring their Hall of Famers this season with bronze statues at Camden Yards. On Saturday, the team will honor the legend that managed them all and became enshrined in Cooperstown along the way: Earl Weaver. ‘It’s something that I certainly appreciate. My thanks to the Orioles and Mr. Angelos for making this happen. It’s just something that is almost unreal and something that you never really thought about or dreamed about,’ The Hall of Fame manager said Wednesday as he joined The Norris & Davis Show on Baltimore’s 105-7 THE FAN.
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A lot has changed in baseball since Mr. Weaver last managed on Oct. 5, 1986. Would he be successful managing in today’s MLB climate with the explosion of player input and egos? ‘I don’t think the players have changed that much. I can’t call them prima donnas just because they make a lot of money. They love baseball. They love putting on that uniform. I honestly feel what’s going on in Baltimore right now with the 25 players Buck has, I think they feel it is a privilege (to play). And, it looks like they’re going out and giving everything they have.’
After 14-straight losing seasons, The Orioles are sitting with a record of 41-32 after nearly 3 month of play in 2012. How much of the Orioles’ turnaround should be credited to Buck Showalter vs. the players? ‘I think managers should get a lot of credit’ Weaver said with laughter. ‘I think the ballplayers are going out and doing what they have to do and I think Buck is managing them the right way.’
Major League baseball is evolving. The Astros will switch to the American League next season. With that move, it seems like the hitting pitchers of the National League will become extinct. Weaver was asked: To DH or not to DH? ‘I like to see a good pitcher’s duel. I love the 2-0 game or the 1-0 game. Whatever you prefer. If you like offense then you like the DH. If you like pitcher’s duel and a 2-1 ballgame then you’ll like the National League style.’