TORONTO - William Nathaniel (Buzz) Showalter could have added another nickname last season.
Few dramatic improvements are shown when a manager is fired and a new man takes over a team.
Aside from hitting coach Cito Gaston replacing Jimy Williams with the 12-24 Blue Jays in 1989, of course.
Dave Tremblay managed the Baltimore Orioles on opening day in 2010 and for 53 more games, going 15-39 (a .278 win percentage).
Ex-Blue Jay and Hall of Fame good guy Juan Samuel took over with the interim title for 51 games, going 17-34 (.333).
And then wise general manager Andy MacPhail hired Buck Showalter on Aug. 2 of last season.
With basically the same team, the Orioles finished last season with a 34-23 (.596) record under Magic Man Showalter.
Don’t like Magic Man, how ‘bout Mr. Fix It.
Showalter’s Orioles are making their first of three visits to Rogers Centre Tuesday night in a battle for fourth place. Plenty of seats are available.
It has been a tougher go this season with right fielder Nick Markakis slumping and Brian Roberts out with a concussion.
Markakis has gone from a breakout 2007 season of 23 homers, 112 RBIs and an .848 OPS; to 20 homers, 87 RBIs and an .897 OPS in 2008; to 18 homers, 101 RBIs and .801 OPS in 2009; to 12 homers, 60 RBIs and an .805 OPS a year ago.
This season he has five homers, 26 RBIs, a .619 OPS and is hitting .242. Markakis, who signed a six-year, $66.1 million extension in January 2009, told reporters he feels “100%,” and his struggles are mechanical not physical.
Meanwhile, losing at Camden Yards can be painful. After the O’s swept the Oakland A’s last week, manager Bob Geren was fired, the third consecutive year someone of import with the visiting club was canned in Baltimore.
The Florida Marlins fired Fredi Gonzalez after a loss in Baltimore in June of 2010.
And during the final weekend of 2009, otherwise known as the Mutiny in Maryland against manager Cito Gaston, Jays president Paul Beeston arrived, fired general manager J.P. Ricciardi and promoted Alex Anthopoulos to GM.
The O’s three-game sweep of the A’s (by 4-2, 4-0 and 3-2 scores) was the first in nine years that Baltimore had won three straight games in which they scored four-or-fewer runs in each game, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.
Chris Jakubauskas faces the Jays Tuesay in just his second start since getting hit in the head by a Lance Berkman liner as a Pittsburgh Pirate in April 2010.
First baseman Derrek Lee is expected back from the bereavement list after attending his grandfather’s funeral in California. Brandon Snyder has been at first in his absence.