Epstein, smart? That's a rich one

Epstein, smart? That's a rich one
March 24, 2011, 6:32 am
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Baltimore Orioles manager Buck Showalter took on his A.L. East rivals in a Men's Journal interview, according to the Bergen (N.J.) Record.

In the interview, Showalter challenged Red Sox general manager Theo Epstein and criticized Yankees captain Derek Jeter.

Showalter, taking issue with the notion that Epstein is one of the game's smartest GMs, questioned the intelligence required to run a team with the Red Sox's payroll.

"I'd like to see how smart Theo Epstein is with the Tampa Bay Rays payroll," Showalter told Men's Journal, according to the Record. "You acquired Carl Crawford 'cause you paid more than anyone else, and that's what makes you smarter? That's why I like whipping their butt. It's great, knowing those guys with the 205 million payroll are saying, 'How the hell are they beating us?'"

(For the record, the Red Sox have never had a payroll higher than 168 million.)

He said about Jeter, "The first time we went to Yankee Stadium, I screamed at Derek Jeter from the dugout. Our guys are thinking, 'Wow, he's screaming at Derek Jeter.' Well, he's always jumping back from balls just off the plate. I know how many calls that team gets -- and yes, he ticks me off."