Baseball for the Thinking Fan

Login | Register | Feedback

btf_logo
You are here > Home > Baseball Newsstand > Baseball Primer Newsblog > Discussion
Baseball Primer Newsblog
— The Best News Links from the Baseball Newsstand

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Connolly: As Buck Showalter’s right-hand man, John Russell helps Orioles in many ways

Russell’s paradox: O’s/P’s

On Tuesday night, Russell returns to PNC Park as the Orioles begin a two-game interleague series in Pittsburgh. It’s his second time back since being fired, but the first since the Pirates, indeed, turned things around, making the 2013 playoffs and breaking a 20-season losing skid.

“I can’t treat it, job-wise, any differently. I can’t go in there and sulk and mope around [and say], ‘Shoot, I wish I was still here and look what they’ve done. I wish they had done that when I was here,’ ” Russell said. “It’s all water under the bridge. I will go in there and do my job and help the Orioles try to kick their butt a little bit.”

Russell may choose his words carefully, but he speaks his mind when asked direct questions. It’s one of the reasons he and Showalter have become close, even though they really didn’t know each other personally when Russell first was hired.

So when asked about his feelings concerning the Pirates’ situation, Russell, who was hired and fired by current Pittsburgh general manager Neil Huntington, doesn’t sugarcoat things.

“It hurt. It did. Because I felt like I gave everything I had for three years,” Russell said. “It is something I took a lot of pride in, and to get it taken away was something that hurt a little bit. But it’s four years later, and it’s time to move on.”

...Said Showalter: “Are you looking for substance or style? I think John’s substance is his style. … I think he is very charismatic, but I look for different qualities that are attractive to me as opposed to someone who is doing handstands and saying, ‘Look at me.’ “

Russell has heard it all before. As the losses mounted in Pittsburgh, he was criticized for his stoic nature. While he was winning games in the minor leagues and named Baseball America’s top managerial prospect in 2002, though, there were no concerns about his personality.

“If we had won 90 games … or whatever [in Pittsburgh], then I would have been a calming effect, I would have been what the players needed,” Russell said. “I know I’m not a real talkative guy, but if people ask me questions, I have no problem talking to anybody. But to say, ‘He is stoic or has no personality or no charisma,’ what is that?

“If you win games, nobody really gives a crap what your personality is, as long as you’re doing the right thing.”

Repoz Posted: May 20, 2014 at 09:24 AM | 0 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: orioles, pirates

Reader Comments and Retorts

Go to end of page

Statements posted here are those of our readers and do not represent the BaseballThinkFactory. Names are provided by the poster and are not verified. We ask that posters follow our submission policy. Please report any inappropriate comments.

You must be Registered and Logged In to post comments.

 

 

<< Back to main

BBTF Partner

Support BBTF

donate

Thanks to
dirk
for his generous support.

Bookmarks

You must be logged in to view your Bookmarks.

Hot Topics

NewsblogOTP 2016 August 29: Minor-league team offers Trump, Clinton bobbleheads with real hair
(465 - 6:49pm, Aug 30)
Last: Mefisto

NewsblogOT: August 2016 Soccer Thread
(415 - 6:46pm, Aug 30)
Last: He who brought the butter dish to Balshazar (CoB)

NewsblogDodgers place Triple-A Superstar Yasiel Puig on trade waivers
(34 - 6:43pm, Aug 30)
Last: Graham & the 15-win "ARod Vortex of suck"

NewsblogThe four contenders in AL’s cutthroat MVP race
(30 - 6:36pm, Aug 30)
Last: Infinite Yost (Voxter)

NewsblogOT Gaming: October 2015
(526 - 6:34pm, Aug 30)
Last: He who brought the butter dish to Balshazar (CoB)

NewsblogSanchez Fastest In MLB History To 11 HRs
(81 - 6:27pm, Aug 30)
Last: Alex meets the threshold for granular review

NewsblogTim Tebow to display baseball skills in tryout | MLB.com
(34 - 6:26pm, Aug 30)
Last: Steve Parris, Je t'aime

NewsblogRed Sox roll past Rays behind Betts, Porcello | MLB.com
(1 - 6:06pm, Aug 30)
Last: villageidiom

NewsblogCleveland Indians come home with chance to pump up fans and stop doubts -- Terry Pluto | cleveland.com
(11 - 6:00pm, Aug 30)
Last: Bote Man makes baseball fun again

NewsblogPrimer Dugout (and link of the day) 8-30-2016
(7 - 5:29pm, Aug 30)
Last: Eric J can SABER all he wants to

Newsblog2016 NFL thread
(34 - 5:26pm, Aug 30)
Last: DA Baracus, Braves Travel Agent

NewsblogCorey Seager is living up to high expectations | MLB.com
(4 - 3:09pm, Aug 30)
Last: Frank Fregoli

NewsblogCubs wear onesies on trip from Los Angeles - Chicago Tribune
(53 - 2:51pm, Aug 30)
Last: Charles S. storms out of Wrigley before walk-off

NewsblogTexas Rangers: Banister: Darvish is 'more relaxed and more connected' as he knocks Mariners down the standings | SportsDay
(3 - 1:45pm, Aug 30)
Last: SoSHially Unacceptable

NewsblogOMNICHATTER 8-29-16
(359 - 12:40pm, Aug 30)
Last: What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face?

Page rendered in 0.1135 seconds
45 querie(s) executed