NEW YORK – Buck Showalter has only a few more chances to watch Mariano Rivera work. As Rivera’s first major league manager in 1995 with the New York Yankees, Showalter has seen quite enough of the great man, who is retiring at the end of this season.
“I know from our viewpoint, we’re pretty excited that he’s retiring,” Showalter said.
Rivera will conclude his sterling career at season’s end. Besides this weekend’s games, the Orioles play the Yankees in Baltimore for four games Sept. 9-12.
The reliever has been receiving tributes from all around baseball as he makes his farewell tour. No one seems to have a bad word for Rivera.
“I think it’s because the way he’s handled success,” Showalter said.
“It’s never been a ‘look at me’ mentality. His substance has always been his style. What draws attention to him is how well he pitches. He’s a great beacon of the way you’re supposed to carry yourself and handle the great things this game gives you.”
When Rivera came up, Showalter had him start. Later, he converted Rivera to a reliever.
“My favorite memory is going to be when he retires,” Showalter joked.