Recently, I got to interview the Orioles manager, Buck Showalter and the general manager, Dan Duquette. They were very nice to me as I had a lot of questions to ask them. I wanted to show you their answers to my questions.
What’s the best advice anyone has given you as a manager/general manager?
– Buck, “Just be yourself and be honest with the players.”
– Dan, “I was trained by the great Oriole general manager, Harry Dalton. He put together the great Orioles teams from 1966 to 1971. His best advice to me was to find three really great starting pitchers!”
How do you keep the players motivated over such a long season?
– Buck, “You have to try and put yourself in their shoes as much as possible. You have to trust them (the players) as much as they’ll allow you. A lot of times that (their motivation) is evaluated long before we get them. We try not to bring on people to our team that aren’t motivated. If a player needs too much motivation, then they probably are not the right guy to start with. We spend some time with their moms and dads to see what we’re getting.”
Is there a team captain and if so, how are they chosen?
– Buck, “We don’t have one, but we feel like we have 25 of those (captains) instead of just one guy. If we took a vote though we’d probably have about five guys tied for it. We feel like everyone should be the captain of themselves first. I have been on teams that needed it, but this one doesn’t.”
What is the most fun about being a general manager?
– Dan, “The most fun is being around the players and helping them understand their jobs and to do their best. That’s the most fulfilling part.”
Do you first have to be a player or coach before becoming a general manager?
– Dan, “The road to becoming a general manager varies, but it can help if you played baseball as you then have a fundamental understanding of the game. Some have played ball professionally and others have maybe gone to law school. It’s not absolutely required though.”