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One of the most significant deals was trading Teixeira before he became a free agent, a 2007 deadline deal that got shortstop Elvis Andrus, closer Neftali Feliz and left-hander Matt Harrison from Atlanta.

Before becoming a seven-time All-Star, and the Rangers‘ career leader in hits and games played, Young was an up-and-coming player who was a constant in Showalter’s lineup.

“As a young player, what you’re looking for is to play and be productive, and Buck rolled us out,” said Young, whose 159 games in 2005 were the fewest he played for Showalter. “I told him from the very beginning I didn’t like off days, and as a young player, I was thankful that he respected that.”

Showalter, who still has a home in the Dallas area where both of his children attend college, returned to the dugout last August after being hired by the Orioles with a pledge to restore the luster of the once-proud franchise that has fallen on hard times. The process isn’t really any different than it was in Texas, or anywhere else.

“Just trying to be a voice of reality. The best thing an organization can do is evaluate themselves honestly, knowing where your strengths and weaknesses are. Instead of coveting other players, you’re better off spending time evaluating your people,” Showalter said.

“Whatever my epitaph is one day, I’m OK with it. I’m real comfortable in my skin, with the way I treat people and the honest answers I give them,” he said. “There’s not a day goes by I don’t realize how unbelievably fortunate I am to be doing what I’m doing.”


AP freelancer Amy Jinkner-Lloyd in Atlanta contributed to this report.