Buck Showalter Rips Yankees’ Jeter In Men’s Journal Interview

NEW YORK (WFAN) — Buck Showalter was Derek Jeter’s very first manager way back in 1995. Apparently the Yankees’ former skipper isn’t No. 2’s biggest fan.

According to Marc Topkin of the St. Petersburg Times, Showalter, now managing the Baltimore Orioles, rips into Jeter in the April issue of Men’s Journal.

Showalter’s main point of contention? Jeter’s exaggerated movements in the batter’s box, which could make borderline strikes seem like balls.

“The first time we went to Yankee Stadium, I screamed at Derek Jeter from the dugout,” Showalter said. “Our guys are thinking, ‘Wow, he’s screaming at Derek Jeter.’ Well, he’s always jumping back from balls just off the plate.”

To Jeter’s admirers, it’s a savvy play. To his detractors, it’s nothing but a cheap trick.

“I know how many calls that team gets – and yes, he (ticks) me off.”

Showalter didn’t focus all his ire on Jeter. Boston Red Sox general manager Theo Epstein was also on the receiving end.

“I’d like to see how smart Theo Epstein is with the Tampa Bay payroll,” Showalter said. “You got Carl Crawford because you paid more than anyone else, and that’s what makes you smarter? That’s why I like whipping their butt.”

The Orioles have failed to make the postseason in recent years, often placing far below the Yankees, Red Sox and Rays in the AL East. Showalter sounds confident in his 2011 club.

“It’s great, knowing those guys with the $205 million payroll are saying, ‘How the hell are they beating us?'”

Sour grapes from Showalter? Add your comments to the fray below…

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  • Russ

    I wish Buck were the Yankee’s Skipper again. It is what that team needs, not some statistical whiz kid.

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  • Johnny V

    Say what you want about Buck…. but realize he was the guy who was at the helm and got the Core 4 in their place ready to win before they won anything. I was disappointed when a losing manager named Joe Torre was put in his place when all things for winning were sitting sweet in their place. Buck was largely responsible perhaps more than Torre. Torre was good at massaging big egos and not much more. I mean when you have players like Clemens and Cone and Marianno and a bunch of All-star caliber hitters ready to play every day you better win espeicailly in NY. So the way I see it ….. Torre was the at the right place at the right time and nothing more. And when the Yankees became listless and stale Torre showed his true colors. Thats why I was glad Girardi took over. And Torre to me is the most overrated manager in recent history. When you can turn the Orioles in mid season the way Buck did last year. Espeically since the Oriioles sucked for 10 years…. It tells you who the hell the real manager is in the league. To me thats how you know who’s the men from the boys are. When you turn around a team then you are true manageer and not a massage therapist. In my book Buck Showalter is the best damn manager in the league. cause he’s turns teams around whereever he goes. Did it to the Yankees and you watch the Orioles this year… no way they will be in last place thats for damn sure.

    • Johnny V

      Oh yeah Buck was the Manager when the Diamondbacks openned their ballpark. Within 4 years of openning they won a Championship. Beat his former team the Yankees. No other franchise in historyi n any professional sport won so soon after their inaugeral year. Buck built that team too. The guy is awesome and deserves a tremendous amound of respect and hall of fame recognition for his increidible manageing record. So as far as I’m concerned the Man can say anything he wants about any damn player whether its a great player like Derek Jeter or the hapless of the league like an Oliver Perez and everyone inbetween.

      • brennan

        I understand your liking what Showalter did tuning around the Os last year, but giving him credit for winning the world Series with the Dbacks is a stretch. In 2001 Bob Brenley took over a team that finished third in a five team division from Showalter. Brenley took that so-so team and won the world series.

  • Norman

    “I wonder what I can do to generate some buzz and motivate my team so we don’t get blown away by our biggest rivals? Hmmmm….”

  • Norman

    “Let’s see, what can I do to generate some buzz and get my team motivated so we don’t get trashed by our two most important rivals? Hmmmm….”

  • Ralph jennison

    He is a sore loser and a washed up fool

  • mg

    Good point about Theo Epstein. Same can be said for Cashman and his fat wallet. Sure does make it a whole lot easier.

  • http://chargerpup.wordpress.com help me

    I don’t really see this as ripping Jeter. Is it me?

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  • Tim

    Why would he do that?


    He’s probably jealous the yankees can afford to sign good players.

  • Alan K.

    Buck, you’re stating the obvious, especially about Epstein. Gosh, he is such a great judge of established talent, whther it be a Gonzo or a Crawfish. Now enough of this. Go out there and help the Boids win some games. See you in
    Camden in August hpefully, and this time, I hope the tickets aren’t cheap.

  • dabooch

    The Bird Man has been out in Sarasota’s sun to long. If Jeta is a cheata more power to him.

  • B. Cashman

    Buck is just SOUR GRAPES since we fired his b*u*t*t just before the Yanks made their historic run at 4 World Series titles.

  • z z zodiac

    Good call Buck. Now Jeter will never show you his ring collection.

  • steve

    Buck is a great baseball person. I love the Yankees and Jeter, I know what he means. He is right. The umps will be looking at this.

  • William Nowlin

    He is 100% right. You go Buck!!

    • J.T. Lewis

      Buck’s just trying to fire everybody up ! lol..he knows what he’s up against !!..but any guy that wears a warm-up jacket closed at th top in 90 degree weather is kinda weird !! lol

  • Ed from CT

    I agree with those who noted how the headline is vastly exaggerated. Still, what is the point of Buck attacking Theo? Because he no longer has a good payroll and will be stuck in the cellar with the O’s?


    first name initial…..change B to F…and you understand why the Orioles manager still hasn’t forgiven the Yankees for not recognizing his genius skills.Worry about his Camden Yards squad should be his focus and how long his honeymoon with Angelos will last.–CATMAN.


    before you kill buck for his comments lets remember, if it wasnt for him & gene “stck” Michaels the yankees wouldnt have derek jeter, or any of the core 4. they built that team while the boss was suspended. i have no bad feelings for buck. the only difference between buck & joe , was joe figured out how to use mo. there was a time the boss wnted to trade andy pettitte. imagine life w/o andy. or jessie barfield used to ride bernie almost drove him out. but mattingly being the captain & a far better one then the current one took bernie under his wing & got jessie to leave him alone. so buck takes a shot @ jeter. so what jeter can handle it.

  • MikeScorpio

    Come on, WFAN! That’s how you “rip” Derek Jeter? What a stupid headline, but it made us look, right? Just like Jeter’s movements in the box bothers Buck, this headline bothers me. Willie Randolph used to do the same thing and got a a couple of rings, too.

  • showdis

    buck is just trying to light a fire under his team…gamesmenship? kettle, pot you’re both black!

  • Chezman

    Showalter’s commentary on Epstein represents a baseball truism that most are afraid to say, yet the advantages of the large-market hogs are apt to be baseball’s undoing. Only those blindly loyal to one team with no regard for the health of the game would disagree.

    • ac

      The same could be said for the current state of our country, not just baseball. The wealthy get all the advantages at the expensive of 98% of the people. Only those blindly loyal to one party and no regard for the overall well-being of the country would disagree. Unfortunately, it’s all relative.

    • Dan B.

      Yes the Red Sox spend a lot of money but that is also a testament to how well that organization is run: Boston is not a very large market – more like the size of Denver population-wise. For Boston to be able to spend on par with the Yankees is impressive given the huge disparity in market base.

      And sure it is easy to spend money, but the Mets have shown that that doesn’t necessarily mean you will win anything. For every Crawford, there is a Lester and Youkilis and Ellsbury. Imagine how happy Mets fans would be if they could trade a Caasey Kelly and an Anthony Rizzo for Gonzalez and still have a deep farm system.

  • http://jcap17.wordpress.com jcap17

    This is ridiculous. Did Buck actually “rip” Jeter in the true sense of the word as it is commonly used in headlines? Hardly. You also don’t know if he was at all angry during the interview. I think this is more about Showalter expressing a frustration with a ploy Derek uses. No big deal. Buck’s comments about Theo were far more sinister. He basically called Epstein a no-talent. Then again, this is also probably Buck just being Buck.

  • Gary

    Wow, Buck Showalter really needs to curb his jealousy.

  • http://bergencountyshortsales.wordpress.com Robert Clarke

    Hmmm … let’s think about this for a minute. Derek Jeter – Five World Series rings. Buck Showalter? None.

    Zip it Buck, and quit the whining.

  • AC

    Buck Showalter is mad at someone else for using gamesmanship. You’ve got to be kidding. You can see the gears grinding in this guys head, trying to gain an advantage in every game. Don’t be mad that Jeter is a Hall of Fame lock and you’re a guy who ended Jack McDowell’s career and almost did the same to David Cone.

  • al b.

    He’d give his right arm to have Jeter on the Orioles.

  • damookster

    Showalter’s a tool. Try keeping a job for a while, Bucky boy, before running your mouth. Funny how all your former teams do better after you’re gone, huh?

  • Optix42

    He wouldn’t be saying anything about it if he were still managing him.

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