"There are things that the front office brings that I can’t and won’t. I just don’t possess the skills. And there are things down there that have got to be [done by the uniformed personnel]. All the good organizations are able to mesh those two things. And both parties feel comfortable with what they bring. I embrace all the numbers and everything. But at some point, [the players are] human beings, too. And the good organizations are able to bridge those two factions.
"We sit in a room and we bang it around. And when we come out of the door with a decision, it’s the organization’s decision. At the end of the day, we make decisions as a group, and I think the players respect that. We know we’re dealing with human beings and we don’t just callously come to a decision. Whether it be scouts, whether it be player development people, whether it be that [coaches] room in there, whether it be everybody upstairs, I think the greatest accolade you can pay a man or woman is to ask their opinion.
"Since I’ve been here, whether it’s me or Dan or [former general manager Andy MacPhail], nobody has [said], ‘This is what we’re doing, and I don’t want to hear about it.’ It’s more, ‘What do you think?’ I don’t know how everybody else does it, but that’s the way we do it. You know if you come to this organization, you’re going to get your opinion asked. And it’s going to matter."
- Buck Showalter
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