Masters of motivation: It's hard to avoid giving Showalter, pictured, and Dan Duquette too much credit for the Orioles' amazing season. They both seem to have their fingers on the pulse of the team, which is why there might be more to the decision to bring up top pitching prospect Dylan Bundy than just the possible need for a long reliever after a very long game. Buck and Duke saw the immediate impact that Manny Machado had on the team, and the message that his quick promotion delivered to the clubhouse. This may seem like a stretch, but it wouldn't be a complete surprise that the Bundy call up was intended both as a practical move and an emotional wake up call for a team that came out of an 18-inning overnighter and faced a matchup against Seattle Mariners ace Felix Hernandez and an overnight flight to Boston immediately afterward. No, that's silly. Showalter would never do something manipulative like that, right?
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