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Baltimore manager Buck Showalter no fan of hazing: Wash. Post

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As for Wieters, Showalter gave him a corner locker at the end of a row, closest to Showalter’s office. One way or another, they talk every day.

“His main message to me is that this team has the talent to compete,” Wieters, 24, said, “and it’s up to me to get these [pitchers] to believe that it doesn’t matter who’s in the box . . . that they’re going to go out there and beat them that day.”

Connecting with Wieters wasn’t hard for Showalter. The kid is polite, smart and receptive to instruction. But turning him into a forceful leader has proven to be more of a work in progress. Last year, Showalter became aware of some Orioles veterans hazing Wieters and quickly put an end to it.

“I’m very protective of the guy who’s going to be catching our pitching staff, without that [hazing] happening. I’m not a big fan of that stuff,” Showalter said. “Make the guy’s path easier, not harder. Matt’s the last guy who should have that coming to him, because Matt is almost to a fault respectful of [veterans].”

By Hank Nuwer

Journalist Hank Nuwer is the Alaska author of Hazing: Destroying Young Lives; Broken Pledges: The Deadly Rite of Hazing, High School Hazing, Wrongs of Passage and The Hazing Reader. In April of 2024, the Alaska Press Club awarded him first place in the Best Columnist division and Best Humorist, second place.

He has written articles or columns on hazing for the Sunday Times of India, Toronto Globe & Mail, Harper's Magazine, Orlando Sentinel, The Chronicle of Higher Education and the New York Times Sunday Magazine. His current book is Hazing: Destroying Young Lives from Indiana University Press. He is married to Malgorzata Wroblewska Nuwer of Warsaw, Poland and Fairbanks, Alaska. Nuwer is a former columnist for the Greenville (Ohio)Early Bird and former managing editor of the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner in Alaska.
Nuwer was named the Ohio Society of Professional Journalists columnist of the year in 2021 for his “After Darke” column in the Early Bird. He also won third place for the column in 2022 from the Indiana chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. He and his wife Gosia, recently of Union City, Ind., have owned 20 acres in Alaska for many years. “The move is a sort-of coming home for us,” said Nuwer. As a journalist, he’s written about the Alaskan Iditarod sled-dog race and other Alaska topics. Read his musings in his blog at Real Alaska Daily-- and in his weekly column "Far from Randolph" in the Winchester Star-Gazette of Randolph County, Indiana.

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