This time he didn’t have to rush to the game and show up in full O’s uniform, as he did when he went to Bowie.
But O’s manager Buck Showalter was at Aberdeen Monday night for Manny Machado’s IronBirds debut and his first look at Ripken Stadium.
“He came in prior to the game and he spoke with the staff. I was really impressed he stayed for nine innings. It was even tough for our fans tonight to do that,” Aberdeen manager Gary Kendall said after his club lost 11-5 to Vermont.
“He’s real positive and is upbeat about what’s going on up there and he seemed to like some of the things that are going on down here.
“I think he’s a guy that pays attention to everything, he a detail-oriented man. He cares about, from top to bottom. These guys may be four or five years away, but he’s got a long-range plan for this organization. It’s a nice thing to see that he cares.”
Here is what Buck said about his visit to Aberdeen on Monday:
“It ain’t the New York-Penn League like I remember it, I can tell you that. Wow, that’s a pretty impressive place, That’s not Oneonta.
“Cal was there last night. You know I went to see the Aberdeen IronBirds, not one player. Sat down and talked to Cal a little bit. There were some scouts there I hadn’t met yet and wanted to see the coaching staff.
“I haven’t introduced myself or talked to Manny (Machado). I’m just letting him be a baseball player for the Orioles. Once you are drafted, you fit into the scheme.
“They didn’t pitch that well. It was a half-season club game. They were playing the Nationals and they had a good night. But that’s an impressive facility and a good place for our kids.
“I got a chance to talk to Jerry Narron, he was there to see Connor. Think they moved Givens to second base. That’s a pretty impressive third, short and second, age wise. Good looking kids.”
When Double-A Bowie beat Altoona 2-0 last night, it was Baysox Manager Brad Komminsk’s 700th victory in eight years as a manager. Komminsk has notched a franchise record 229 wins in his three years at the helm in Bowie, surpassing Joe Ferguson’s 225 from 1997 to 1999.
It was Bowie’s 72nd victory of the year as the club moved to 72-63, guaranteeing a third consecutive winning season under Komminsk.
“It means number 700,” Komminsk said, when asked of the significance of the win. “It means I’ve been around too long, probably.”
“I think [managers learn] by accident, more than anything,” he said. “It just happens. You have so many managers over the course of your career that influence you, but ultimately, you just do what you feel like you need to do.”
Eddie Gamboa pitched a season-high 6 1/3 shutout innings with six strikeouts as Bowie pulled within a 1/2 game of second-place Harrisburg for an Eastern League playoff berth.