Buck Showalter was a fifth-round Draft pick of the Yankees in 1977 out of Mississippi State University. He was convinced he would spend his entire baseball career with New York. And for 19 years, he did — first as a player, then as a Minor League manager, a big league coach and finally as Yankees manager.¬†After the Yankees captured the American League Wild Card in 1995, ending a 14-year postseason drought, Showalter dealt with reality. In an act of support for his coaches, Showalter resigned, rather than follow orders to fire members of his staff.

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