ESPN Baseball Tonight Analyst
Former Major League Baseball manager Buck Showalter serves as an analyst for ESPN’s Baseball Tonight. He rejoined ESPN full-time in 2008, after serving as manager of the Texas Rangers (2002-2006). Showalter previously worked for ESPN as a Baseball Tonight and Wednesday Night Baseball analyst in 2001, while also contributing to the network’s College World Series coverage. He was a guest studio analyst for ESPN during the 2000 MLB playoffs.
In 1995, Showalter joined the expansion Arizona Diamondbacks 28 months before they played their first game. By 1999, in just their second year of competition, he led the team to a 100-win season, winning the division title faster than any expansion team in history.
Showalter’s has more than 25 years of baseball playing, coaching and managing experience. As a major league manager, Showalter boasts a career record of 552-505 (.522 winning percentage). His coaching and managing career began in the minor leagues. In 1984 he coached for the Fort Lauderdale Yankees for one season before accepting his first managerial job with Oneonta, of the NY-Penn League.
Over the next four years Showalter won three league titles with three different teams in two different leagues. He ended his minor-league managing career with an overall .635 winning percentage and a 14-4 postseason record. Showalter spent seven seasons as a player in the minors before becoming a coach and manager.
In 1990 Showalter debuted as the Yankees’ “Eye In the Sky” for two months before becoming the third base coach for the remainder of 1990 and all of 1991. In October of 1991, Showalter became the 30th manager of the Yankees. Over the next four seasons, Showalter led the Yankees to an improved record each year until 1994 when his squad held a 6 ½ game lead and was on pace to win 100 games before the players strike ended play.
Born William Nathaniel Showalter III, “Buck” graduated from Mississippi State University in 1978 with a bachelor of science degree in education, finishing his course load during his first two seasons as a minor league player.