CLEVELAND -- Former major league manager Buck Showalter
joined the Cleveland Indians as a senior adviser on Friday.
Showalter, fired by the Texas Rangers following last season,
will assist general manager Mark Shapiro, assistant GM Chris
Antonetti, manager Eric Wedge and Cleveland's coaching staff.
Showalter said he took the job because "it had a good feel to
it" and he liked the people he'll be working with. He said he
thinks the Indians are on the right track and he has a good
relationship with Wedge.
"I like the way they do business," Showalter said.
When asked what specifically he planned to do, Showalter said he
would look to Shapiro and Wedge for direction.
"I'm just going to follow their lead, pretty much answer when
my opinions are asked," he said. "I'm just going to be there for
Showalter will be in uniform at spring training, and during the
regular season he will help with the club's player development. He
said his first task will be attending the winter meetings, which
begin Monday in Florida.
The 50-year-old Showalter has an 882-833 record as a major
league manager and was twice named Manager of the Year. He managed
the New York Yankees from 1992-95, the Arizona Diamondbacks from
1998-2000 and the Rangers from 2003-06.
"Buck has a unique set of skills and experiences that will
greatly enhance our organization in all facets at the major league,
player development and amateur levels when it comes to
decision-making, instruction and mentoring our younger staff
members," Shapiro said.
Showalter was let go by the Rangers after they went 80-82, the
club's sixth losing season in seven years since last making the
playoffs in 1999.
Showalter said he was concerned some might perceive his hiring
as the Indians' way to have a manager waiting in the wings, which
he said is not the case.
"We've got a manager," he said, complimenting Wedge. "He's
the guy to lead this club and I'm looking forward to learning some
things from him, too."
But Showalter didn't rule out managing again -- someday.
"If that's in store for me down the road, then so be it," he
said. "This is the chapter in my life that I think fits best for
me and my family, and where it leads, we'll see."