BALTIMORE -- The introduction of instant replay this season has curtailed the manager-umpire argument. That's a bummer for O's skipper Buck Showalter.
"I miss arguing. I do," Showalter said before Baltimore's series finale with the Blue Jays on Sunday.
Showalter has yet to use the challenge rule this season, though he's ventured onto the field at times to discuss matters with umpires -- including during Saturday's 2-1 win.
"I got out there and I said [to the first-base umpire], 'How is this working for you? I really miss arguing with you guys,'" said Showalter. "He said, 'We don't.'"
Those on-field confrontations have been a staple of the game for generations. Former Orioles manager and Hall of Famer Earl Weaver certainly had his share of arguments over his lengthy career.
"I was talking to [former Orioles catcher and current broadcaster] Rick Dempsey late last night after the game. I said, 'Can you imagine Earl not being able to vent that frustration?'" said Showalter. "Never being able to argue all year."
Ultimately, Showalter isn't that concerned that his venting days to umpires are part of the past. Replay doesn't cover all aspect of the game.
"There will still be something," Showalter said.
Jackie Robinson Day special for Jones
BALTIMORE -- Major League Baseball honored Jackie Robinson on Tuesday in recognition of him becoming the first African-American player in the game back in 1947.
For Adam Jones, the acknowledgment of Robinson's legacy is not a one-day event.
"I recognize him every day with how I go out and play the game," the Orioles center fielder said. "Every day to me is a tribute to Jackie Robinson and Larry Doby and all the innovators for helping myself, countless other African Americans, Latins, Asians to play this game. I don't just look at it as one day. I look at that [as] how I treat every single day in the Major Leagues."
The Orioles will recognize Robinson's legacy by wearing his No. 42 this afternoon due to a rainout on Tuesday. Jones was originally scheduled to catch the ceremonial first pitch thrown by University of Maryland student Kapria Lee, one of many able to attend college thanks to scholarships from the Jackie Robinson Foundation.
"You play sports, you hear the name Jackie Robinson," Jones said. "It's tremendous what he endured just for us to play."
Ben Standig is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.