I was looking for an article to give some history on Showalter and I found this one over at the hardball times Some quotes: He's arguably the least "small ball" manager ever. To him "bunt" is just another four-letter word. His offenses finished in last place with sac hits or tied for it four times, including at least once with every franchise he's managed. Where Showalter does stand out, is in the No. 2 hole. From 1954-2009, 42 percent of teams have worse OBP in the second slot than on the entire team. Showalter only did it twice in 11 years, and neither of those years was much below the team average. Oftentimes, a manager will place a bat control specialist in that role, and prioritize that over all else. Showalter, with his lack of interest in the bunt, is more interested in getting someone else on rather than moving the runner over. He isn't the best at putting OBP at top, but he is good at it. Sorry if this belonged in a different thread, so mods feel free to move. Here is the link in case the one above doesn't take.