This week’s edition of the Norris & Davis Show Best Of includes an interview with Orioles Manager Buck Showalter, and an interview with homegrown pitcher Steve Johnson who returned to Baltimore as a pitcher for the Seattle Mariners.

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BUCK SHOWALTER

Showalter started off by talking about the check-swing bad call in a recent Orioles loss and whether it should lead to camera replay usage saying, “I hope so, that’s how replay started…it’s a 30 second review or non-review and you get it right.”

As for the Orioles’ use of replay and the team’s replay guy, Buck said, “there is some stuff that needs to get worked out, our replay guy that we have doing it is really the best in the business.”

As for whether or not replay or cameras should be used in balls and strikes Buck said, “the only problem you’re going to have with it is stances and height of players…it’s pretty complicated because guys have different strikes depending upon how tall they are.” As for the job the umpires have ahead of them in judging games Buck said, “it’s an impossible game to be perfect in.”

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Buck also talked about the brawl between the Rangers and the Rays involving player safety, and talked about why the team has has had such a great start to the season.

STEVE JOHNSON

Steve started by talking about how many tickets he had to get for family and friends saying “not too many around 10, a lot of my friends bought their own tickets when they realized we were coming to town.” Steve also talked about the experience of returning to Baltimore this time as the enemy saying “it’s definitely weird to be on the other side…I’m so used to going through the tunnel and into the home clubhouse.”

Steve talked about his path from Baltimore to Seattle saying “I was let go from the Orioles, I appreciate everything they did for me it was a combination of all my injuries and not performing but I had a great time while I was here…I signed with Texas late in the off-season, it just didn’t work out and within a couple days of being released I signed with the Mariners on a minor league deal.”

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Steve also talked about the performance of his Mariners this year, and replay being heavily involved in baseball this season.