Inside Baltimore Oriole Baseball Nirvana — the Award for the Best Communication by a Manager to: Buck Showalter
The Orioles just won their Division championship for the first time since 1997.
Lord, you’ve got to love it and them…Markakis, Miller, Hardy, Jones, Britton, Hunter, Cruz, Pierce, Chen, Schoop, Flaherty, O’Day, Britton, Tillman, Gonzalez, Norris, Gausman, Joseph, Hundley and I’ve left out some great ones, including the injured-absent Wieters and Machado, but those above are the ones whose year I treasure the most.
But my expertise is persuasive communication, and I believe in the expression, “Render unto Caesar that which is Caesar’s.”
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Let me announce in print as I did orally on C-4’s WBAL talk show and discussed previously on last Saturday’s “Jimmy Mathis Show,” the 2014 Vatzian Award for Major League Baseball’s Press Conference Excellence (VAMLBPCE).
A little background – very little indeed. I have always noted rhetorical excellence in sports’ press conferences, especially after the worst such press conference in history, Jim Mora’s self-indulgent humiliating trashing of his Indianapolis Colts on November 25, 2001: “Playoffs? You kidding me? Playoffs? I just hope we can win a game – another game.”
On Jimmy Mathis’ show last Saturday, I said that I was just tremendously impressed by Buck Showalter’s interviewing excellence…his style is unique:
Thus, the VAMLBPCE goes to the Baltimore Orioles’ Buck Showalter. Some of the evidence:
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