Manager of the AL East first place Baltimore Orioles, Buck Showalter is with his team in Chicago. They finished a sweep of the Chicago White Sox on Wednesday night and they begin a series with the Chicago Cubs this afternoon.
Buck joined Ed and Steve on the Norris and Davis Show to talk about the week in Chicago, the upcoming series against the Cubs,
Buck started off by talking about Orioles fans being in Chicago saying “It’s been a black and orange Chicago for a few days…its been a unique experience to be in one city and one hotel for a week. I know a lot of the players have their families here, including me. It’s kinda cool. Somebody said we might be doing the same thing in New York next year.”
Ed started talking about the expanded roster, to which Buck said “Don’t get me going.” He then went on to give his opinions about the expanded roster saying, “It’s not competitively equal.” “You play by one set of rules… I understand the thought was originally it was to let teams get a better look at other players.” He has some ideas about how to tweak the rule or change it. Buck went on to say he doesn’t believe in bringing up 40 guys. He talks about the small locker rooms at Wrigley Field and Fenway Park and how Orioles fans should be grateful for Camden Yards.
Buck brings up the Ravens and admits he’s not up to speed on the preseason. Ed fills him in on some of the storylines and says that Kubiak may be the best off-season acquisition but Buck says “I’ll tell you something. New Hitting Coach, new Pitching Coach. Everything. You know what makes [better]? It’s better players. That it. You can get real smart as a coach when you got better players.”
The guys chat about the 60th Anniversary Celebration after the Saint Louis game on a Friday night. Buck talks about taking in the moment himself and his respect for the players they honored. He said that he gives a lot of credit to the ownership for how they did it including the decision to not do it during a day game to do the projections at night.
They talk about the new MLB Commissioner and what rule changes Buck thinks could happen, including having a DH in both leagues.
They also chat about Chris Davis’ struggles, Ubaldo Jimenez’s future, keeping players healthy, update Manny Machado’s recovery and Buck’s ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.
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