NEW YORK -- Buck Showalter thinks about everything.
Sometimes that's good.
An Orioles clubhouse that seemed unfocused and often uninterested before he arrived seems far more professional with Showalter in charge. Even many of his detractors will admit now that he was exactly the manager the Orioles needed when they hired him last summer (although they'll also point out that Showalter took over at the perfect time, when the down-and-out O's were finally getting healthy).
Showalter preached accountability, and since the players knew that he wasn't going anywhere anytime soon (unlike with predecessor Dave Trembley and interim manager Juan Samuel), they had little choice but to listen when he spoke.
He had plenty to say. Showalter is so organized and studies so much that some people who know him contend that he knows more about the Orioles' opponents than they know about themselves.
But Showalter can never limit himself to that.
He thinks about everything (everything baseball-related, anyway). He has an opinion about how everything should be done (whether he chooses to share it or not).
Take Tuesday, when Showalter met with reporters before the O's game against the Yankees was rained out.
He answered questions about his team, and about the Yankees. And then, unsolicited, he began preaching about bullpen mounds.
"In today's day and age, we have mounds on the playing surface," he said. "Imagine mounds at the free-throw line in the NBA."
He has a point. It's easy to understand why bullpen mounds can't be moved behind a fence at Wrigley Field, but it's hard to imagine why they were built to be in play (in foul territory, but still in play) at newer ballparks like Tropicana Field and AT&T Park.
A reasonable point, but it seemingly came out of nowhere. The bullpen mounds aren't in play at Camden Yards, the Orioles' home. They're not in play at Yankee Stadium, where the Orioles are playing this week. They're not in play at Cleveland's Progressive Field, where the Orioles play next.
So far as I can tell, it's not an issue anyone else in the game has been discussing this week.
But that's Showalter. That's what you get.