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Baltimore introduces Buck Showalter as their new manager

Buck Showalter, a former Columbus Clippers player was introduced as the new manager of the Baltimore Orioles on Monday.

Buck Showalter (Orioles photo)

He told media gathered at his introductory press conference that he pledges to restore the luster and winning ways back into an Orioles franchise that has fallen on hard times over several years. Plus, the team is in a tough division, the AL East which has the Yankees, Boston, Tampa Bay and Toronto, all whom are better than Baltimore.

The 54-year-old Showalter, has built contending teams before with the Arizona Diamondbacks, New York Yankees and Texas Rangers.

The Orioles, 32-73, the worst team in the majors this season, will be a monumental challenge for Showalter, who is known for his no-non sense, attention to detail, preparation and ability to work with young talent.

Showalter was hired last week, but his first game will be Tuesday (today) against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at Camden Yards.

compiled from staff, wire and Baltimore Orioles news

Former Columbus Clippers manager moves onto new challenge

compiled from wire and staff reports

Torey Lovullo, the 2009 Columbus Clippers field manager will move on in 2010 to a new challenge, but it will be in familiar territory-the International league for the Pawtucket Red Sox, Triple-A affiliate of the Boston Red Sox.

Lovullo, who was considered for the managerial opening for the 2010 Cleveland Indians, will be taking the reins from Ron Johnson, who was promoted to Boston as the first base coach for Manager Terry Francona.

The 44-year-old Lovullo, who played for Francona in 1999 with the Philadelphia Phillies, is excited about this opportunity in the Red Sox chain. “I am looking forward to bringing along players for a team that is focused on playing in the World Series every year and having the chance to develop relationships with this organization”, said Lovullo, who remains close to Francona and considers Red Sox pitching coach John Farrell as one of the best in the business for young pitchers to learn from.

Torey Lovullo (clippers photo)

Lovullo played on back-to-back International  League Governors Cup teams in 1991 and 1992 for the Columbus Clippers. This is part of the background that the 1987 UCLA All-American brings to the Boston organization.

In addition to Terry Francona, the California native considers former big league skipper Buck Showalter as a prime influence on his career. “Buck always had a strong feeling for detail in his preparation and that has carried over to my approach to doing things in baseball, the way I go about my business,” noted Lovullo who will be starting his fifth year as a Triple-A field manager and first with Pawtucket.