"These are great, great people and a great organization," Showalter said. "To think you can contribute is challenging, because they're ahead on a lot of things that challenge organizations. They're on top of it. They're proactive, instead of reactive."Showalter pointed to the Cliff Lee injury as an example. At the first sign of the abdominal strain Lee is suffering through, the Indians were lining up their depth starting alternatives and figuring out how best to prepare them for Opening Day. "They never talk about failure," Showalter said, "and the players feed off that." Without naming names or teams, Showalter said he's seen other Spring Training clubhouses where veteran players feed prospects to the wolves. That is, refreshingly, not the case at Chain of Lakes Park, he said. "If you have 'Cleveland' across your chest, [the veterans] want to make it easier for you," he said. "They view [the youngsters] as part of the solution. You don't see that all the time. There are no egos and there's a real singleness of purpose." As for his own purpose, Showalter doesn't seem overly anxious to get back into managing. While it might fly in the face of his reputation in some baseball circles as being something of a control freak, he said he's content to let any such opportunity find its way to him. Showalter said he won't throw a pity party for himself if his managing days, which saw him compile a record of 882-833 (.514) with a pair of American League Manager of the Year Awards in 1994 and 2004, are over. "I was lucky," he said. "I came from the smallest public high school in the state of Florida and went from having 45 people in my graduating class to managing the Yankees and two other teams. I don't feel like I got [ripped off]. I was lucky."
Anthony Castrovince is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.