An honor for Buck

As he gets ready to manage the Orioles tonight, Buck Showalter has been honored today.

It's an honor he may not even know about yet.

He's been named the manager on the New York Penn League's All-Time team.

Showalter managed the Oneonta Yankees in 1985 and 1986. His '85 team went 55-23 in the short-season league and beat Auburn for the league title. A year later, his club went 59-18 and lost to Newark in the semi-finals.

So his record was 114-41 (.735) in his first two seasons as a manager in the pro ranks.

Showalter also managed two years in the Florida State League and one season in the Eastern League for five years total as a minor league skipper.

The New York-Penn League, established in 1939, is celebrating its 72nd consecutive season with the naming of the team. The players, selected by an online fan ballot, represent more than 70 years of baseball greats.

Here is the team.

Right-handed Starters:
Curt Schilling, Elmira Pioneers, 1986
Dwight Gooden, Little Falls Mets, 1982

Left-handed Starters:
Randy Johnson, Jamestown Expos, 1985
Andy Pettitte, Oneonta Yankees, 1991

Relief Pitchers:
Billy Wagner, Auburn Astros, 1993
Jonathan Papelbon, Lowell Spinners, 2003

Catcher:
Jorge Posada, Oneonta Yankees, 1991

First Base:
Don Mattingly, Oneonta Yankees, 1979

Second Base:
Pete Rose, Geneva Redlegs, 1960

Shortstop:
Robin Yount, Newark Co-Pilots, 1973

Third Base:
Wade Boggs, Elmira Pioneers, 1976

Outfield:
Kenny Lofton, Auburn Astros, 1988-1989
Jim Rice, Williamsport Red Sox, 1971
Bernie Williams, Oneonta Yankees, 1987

The New York-Penn League represents the first professional stop in the careers of many players. With teams in Vermont, Connecticut, Ohio, New York, Massachusetts, Maryland and Pennsylvania, the NYPL is the oldest continually-operated Class-A league in Minor League Baseball. The All-Time Team will be unveiled prior to the sixth annual New York-Penn League All-Star Game tonight at Staten Island, New York.

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