ARLINGTON, Texas -- Former Rangers manager Buck Showalter’s return to Rangers Ballpark in Arlington has been a long time coming since his last year at the helm in 2006.
Showalter found some comfort in remembering the ins and outs of the ballpark, which has not changed much since his four-season term as Rangers manager. But the personnel in Rangers uniforms has taken on a new identity.
Since Showalter’s last season in Texas, only five players currently remain on the Rangers' 40-man roster: Michael Young, Nelson Cruz, Ian Kinsler, C.J. Wilson and Scott Feldman.
Despite new faces in many of the positions in the Rangers lineup, some of the team’s recent success can be traced to Showalter’s time in Texas. He was 320-329 in Arlington with his best year in 2004 when the Rangers went 89-73, finishing three games behind the Angels in the race for the AL West.
“It was a lot of fun,” Showalter said. “A lot of energy in the park and some good moments.”
Showalter said he followed last year’s AL champion team and had high praise for the organization and current manager Ron Washington.
“I’m very happy for them and proud of what they accomplished," he said. "Wash was a perfect guy to come in here. He got an opportunity he deserved and he took advantage of it.”
He also said he's a big Mavericks fan and said he had a fun time following their run to the NBA championship and watching his favorite player, Jason Kidd.
Showalter still owns a home in Dallas and has roots planted in the area, with a daughter at law school at SMU and a son who is a sophomore at TCU.