If you haven't heard before now, there will be a little documentary about Buck Showalter airing on MLB Network this evening at 7pm Eastern. The Bob Costas-hosted special is officially titled MLB Network Presents: Buck Showalter, A Life In Baseball. The hour-long show is meant to be a more detailed look at some of the things that have been hallmarks of Showalter's tenure with four different MLB teams over two decades as a coach or manager.
Along with plenty of words from the man himself, MLB Network also conducted interviews with Adam Jones, former Yankees GM Gene Michael, and Showalter's wife, Angela. Ordinarily I'm not one to sit around and watch documentaries or specials of this kind, but hey, this one is about the Orioles manager and it's not like there's any baseball tonight. I'm curious to see what it has to say.
MLB Network was nice enough to share a few clips and quotes from the documentary to give us a little preview of what it is all about. It's a good mix of insight and amusing anecdotes.
Here, Showalter talks about putting on a "Sabermetrics and Analytics for Dummies" during spring training:
In another little segment, Adam Jones explains what goes into his impersonations of Showalter:
And in this last one, a warning that there is some Yankees-heavy encroachment - but also a little wink and nudge confirmation of a favorite theory of mine:
Among some of the other quotes provided include Showalter's choice of profession if he hadn't been a manager, Showalter's favorite baseball movie, why he got fired from the Yankees, and what he thinks gets you a statue out beyond the flags at Oriole Park at Camden Yards.
If that leaves you, like me, curious to check out more, you can find the rest on MLB Network tonight at 7 o'clock Eastern.