Reflecting on 2011 and looking toward 2012

With the 2011 season coming to a close, Orioles manager Buck Showalter took some time to talk with’s Dan Kolko for skipper’s final video blog of the season.

As was the case in 2010, the Orioles came on strong in August and September, as they played smart, sound baseball and seemed to revel in serving the spoiler role against teams fighting for playoff spots. Showalter talked about the satisfaction he drew from watching his team fight until the end, and how the players’ effort all season was something from which he drew pride.

Showalter also discussed what he feels the Orioles’ young pitchers - Brian Matusz, in particular - need to do this offseason to come back strong and in the right frame of mind come spring training, and which players’ performances he’s especially proud of as he looks back on the year.

The skipper finished off his video blog by describing how a manager spends his time during the offseason, and he shared the advice he’ll give his players as they head their different ways and spend the fall and winter months on their own.