Buck Showalter just wanted to know one thing from Ron Johnson and Mike Griffin.
How did they steer the Triple-A Norfolk Tides to a winning record when Showalter spent the whole season stealing their players?
“My gosh, I never heard a complaint,” Showalter said, gushing over Johnson, the Norfolk manager, and Griffin, the team’s pitching coach. “It was just, ‘What do you need? What does the club need?’”
Johnson and Griffin were unsung heroes of the Orioles’ improbable season, handling a dizzying array of call-ups and send-downs as the major league club coped with injuries and the struggles of young pitchers.
Showalter asked the men to sit with him as he talked with...