BALTIMORE, Maryland, EE.UU. (AP) — Earl Weaver, el temperamental mánager que condujo a los Orioles de Baltimore a cuatro Series Mundiales, ha fallecido. Tenía 82 años.

El "Duque de Earl", como era conocido en Baltimore, llegó a la Serie Mundial cuatro veces en 17 temporadas con los Orioles, aunque sólo la ganó en una ocasión, en 1970.

Su porcentaje de triunfos de .583 es el quinto mejor entre los dirigentes del siglo 20 que han trabajado al menos 10 temporadas. Fue exaltado al Salón de la Fama en 1996.

Weaver murió mientras viajaba en un crucero asociado con los Orioles por el Caribe, informó el sábado su representante.

Dick Gordon informó que la esposa de Weaver, Marianne, le indicó que Weaver se retiró a su cabina tras la cena y empezó a sentirse mal entre las 10.30 y 11 de la noche del viernes. Gordon señaló que la causa de la muerte aún no ha sido determinado.

"Era un competidor intenso y muy inteligente para buscar las maneras de vencerte", comentó Davey Johnson, quien fue dirigido por Weaver en las menores y con los Orioles de 1965-72.

Weaver era un mánager con una lengua afilada que prefería esperar por un jonrón de tres carreras en vez de fabricar una carrera con una base robada o un toque. Aunque algunos expertos no estaban de acuerdo con esa estrategia, nadie podía discutir con los resultados.

También fue famoso por su temperamento fuerte, especialmente a la hora de discutir con los umpires. Usualmente se les pagaba a centímetros para gritarles en la cara, y tras la inevitable expulsión, solía patear tierra al plato o a los zapatos del umpire.

Fue expulsado 91 veces, incluyendo una vez en los dos partidos de una jornada doble.

Sus equipos ganaron al menos 100 partidos en cinco ocasiones, seis títulos del Este de la Liga Americana y cuatro coronas de la liga. Fue exaltado al Salón de la Fama en 1996, 10 años después que dirigió su último partido con Baltimore.

Weaver terminó su carrera con récord de 1.480-1.060, y fue elegido en tres ocasiones como el mánager del año.

"Tuve una carrera exitosa. No necesariamente una carrera del Salón de la Fama, pero una exitosa", comentó.

Weaver llegó a los Orioles como coach de primera base en 1968 y se convirtió en su mánager el 11 de julio de ese año y finalmente se retiró como el dirigente más exitoso en la historia del equipo.

"Earl fue una parte integral de los Orioles y en lo personal alguien importantísimo en mi vida y carrera, además de gran amigo de nuestra familia", declaró el torpedero Cal Ripken, otro miembro del Salón de la Fama. "Su pasión por el juego y la agresividad con la que dirigía siempre será recordada por los fanáticos en todas partes y sin duda por nosotros que tuvimos la gran oportunidad de jugar para él".

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  • Earl Weaver

    FILE - This April 4, 2011 file photo shows former Baltimore Orioles manager and Major League Baseball Hall of Famer Earl Weaver waiting to throw out the ceremonial first pitch before a baseball game against the Detroit Tigers, in Baltimore. Weaver, the fiery Hall of Fame manager who won 1,480 games with the Baltimore Orioles, has died, the team announced Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013. He was 82. (AP Photo/Nick Wass, File)

  • FILE - In this Aug. 16, 1979 file photo, Baltimore Orioles manager Earl Weaver argues with third base umpire Steve Palermo, after Palermo ejected him during the second inning of a baseball game against the Kansas City Royals, in Baltimore. Weaver, the fiery Hall of Fame manager who won 1,480 games with the Baltimore Orioles, has died, the team announced Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013. He was 82. (AP Photo/File)

  • FILE - In this Saturday, Oct. 6, 1979 file photo, Baltimore Orioles manager Earl Weaver, left, is soaked with champagne after the Orioles defeated the California Angeles 8-0 to win the American League championship, in Anaheim, Calif. Weaver, the fiery Hall of Fame manager who won 1,480 games with the Baltimore Orioles, has died, the team announced Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013. He was 82. (AP Photo/File)

  • FILE - In this Wednesday, Oct. 11, 1979 file photo, manager Earl Weaver speaks with newsmen outside the Baltimore Orioles' dugout just before the second game of World Series against Pittsburgh Pirates, in Baltimore. Weaver, the fiery Hall of Fame manager who won 1,480 games with the Baltimore Orioles, has died, the team announced Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013. He was 82. (AP Photo/File)

  • FILE - In this Oct. 6, 1969 file photo, Baltimore Orioles manager Earl Weaver, right, and outfielder Frank Robinson celebrate in the dressing room following their team's 11-2 win over the Minnesota Twins for the American League championship, in Minneapolis. Weaver, the fiery Hall of Fame manager who won 1,480 games with the Baltimore Orioles, has died, the team announced Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013. He was 82. (AP Photo/File)

  • FILE - In this July 13, 1974 file photo, Baltimore Orioles manager Earl Weaver literally "flips his lid" as he protests a call by home plate umpire Marty Springstead during a baseball game against the Chicago White Sox in Chicago. Weaver, the fiery Hall of Fame manager who won 1,480 games with the Baltimore Orioles, has died, the team announced Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013. He was 82. (AP Photo/File)

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    FILE - In this Friday, June 13, 2008 file photo, former Baltimore Orioles manager Earl Weaver waves to the crowd during a celebration in honor of the 1979 Orioles American League pennant winners before the baseball game between the Baltimore Orioles and Pittsburgh Pirates in Baltimore. Weaver, the fiery Hall of Fame manager who won 1,480 games with the Baltimore Orioles, has died, the team announced Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013. He was 82. (AP Photo/Gail Burton, File)

  • Earl Weaver, Juan Samuel

    FILE - In this Saturday, June 26, 2010 file photo, former Baltimore Orioles manager Earl Weaver (4) waves to the crowd after taking the lineup card out before the start of a baseball game between the Orioles and Washington Nationals, in Baltimore, as members of the Orioles' 1970 team were honored before the start of the game. At right is interim manager Juan Samuel (11). Weaver, the fiery Hall of Fame manager who won 1,480 games with the Baltimore Orioles, has died, the team announced Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013. He was 82. (AP Photo/Rob Carr, File)

  • Taken at Orioles-Yankees ALDS Game 2 (10/8/12)

  • Former Baltimore Orioles Cal Ripken, Jr., from left, Eddie Murray, Earl Weaver, Brooks Robinson, Frank Robinson and Jim Palmer stand in front of a statue of Brooks Robinson after it was unveiled before a baseball game between the Orioles and the Boston Red Sox in Baltimore, Saturday, Sept. 29, 2012. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

  • BALTIMORE, MD - SEPTEMBER 29: Former Oriole Brooks Robinson poses for photos with former Orioles Cal Ripken Jr., Eddie Murray, Earl Weaver, Frank Robinson and Jim Palmer at a ceremony in his honor before the game between the Baltimore Orioles and the Boston Red Sox at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on September 29, 2012 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)

  • BALTIMORE, MD - SEPTEMBER 06: Former Baltimore Orioles manager Earl Weaver smiles while attending a pre game ceremony before the start of the Baltimore Orioles and New York Yankees game at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on September 6, 2012 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

  • BALTIMORE, MD - AUGUST 11: Former Baltimore Orioles (L to R) Cal Ripken Jr.,Jim Palmer, Brooks Robinson and Earl Weaver attend the unveiling of Eddie Murray's bronze sculpture in the Legends Garden before a baseball game against the Kansas City Royals on August 11, 2012 at Oriole Park at Camden Yards in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images)

  • BALTIMORE, MD - JULY 14: Former Baltimore Orioles manager Earl Weaver waves to the crowd during pre game ceremonies before the start of the Orioles and Detroit Tigers game at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on July 14, 2012 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

  • Earl Weaver

    Hall of Fame manager Earl Weaver tosses the ceremonial first pitch before the start of the Baltimore Orioles and Cleveland Indians baseball game Saturday, June 30, 2012 in Baltimore.(AP Photo/Gail Burton)

  • Earl Weaver

    Hall Of Fame manager Earl Weaver speaks to the crowd as a miniature statue of himself is given to him in an on field ceremony honoring Baltimore Oriole legends Saturday, June 30, 2012 in Baltimore. A large version of the statue is in Oriole Park, along with other Orioles Baseball Hall of Fame players.(AP Photo/Gail Burton)

  • Earl Weaver, Eddie Murray, Frank Robinson

    Hall Of Fame manager Earl Weaver, left, touches a miniature statue of himself before an on field ceremony honoring Baltimore Oriole legends Saturday, June 30, 2012 in Baltimore. Also picture is Hall of Fame players Eddie Murray, center, and Frank Robinson.(AP Photo/Gail Burton)

  • Earl Weaver, Cal Ripken, Toby Mendez, Jim Palmer, Frank Robinson, Eddie Murray

    Baseball Hall of Fame manager Earl Weaver, center, stands in front of a statue of himself along with, left to right, Hall of Fame shortstop Cal Ripken, statue artist Toby Mendez, Hall Fame pitcher Jim Palmer, Hall of Fame player Frank Robinson and Hall of Fame first baseman Eddie Murray after the Orioles Legends ceremony Saturday, June 30, 2012 in Baltimore.(AP Photo/Gail Burton)

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    Baseball Hall of Famer Earl Weaver waves to the crowd during the Orioles Legends Celebration ceremony before the unveiling of a statue in his honor Saturday, June 30, 2012 in Baltimore.

  • BALTIMORE, MD - JUNE 30: Former Baltimore Orioles manager Earl Weaver address the fans during the unveiling of his bronze sculpture in the Legends garden before a baseball game against the Cleveland Indians at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on June 30, 2012 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images)

  • BALTIMORE, MD - JUNE 30: A bronze sculpture of former Baltimore Orioles manager Earl Weaver is unveiled in the Legends garden before a baseball game against the Cleveland Indians at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on June 30, 2012 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images)

  • BALTIMORE, MD - JUNE 30: Former Baltimore Orioles manager Earl Weaver address the audience during the unveiling of his bronze sculpture in the Legends garden before a baseball game against the Cleveland Indians at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on June 30, 2012 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images)

  • BALTIMORE, MD - JUNE 30: Former Baltimore Orioles manager Earl Weaver throws out the first pitch before a baseball game against the Cleveland Indians at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on June 30, 2012 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images)

  • BALTIMORE, MD - APRIL 04: Former Baltimore Orioles manager Earl Weaver throws out the ceremonial first pitch before the start of opening day between the Baltimore Orioles and the Detroit Tigers at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on April 4, 2011 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

  • BALTIMORE, MD - APRIL 04: Buck Showalter #26 manager of the Baltimore Orioles talks with former Orioles manager Earl Weaver (R) after Weaver threw out the ceremonial first pitch before the start of their game against the Detroit Tigers during opening day at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on April 4, 2011 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

  • BALTIMORE, MD - APRIL 04: Former Baltimore Orioles manager Earl Weaver waves to the crowd after throwing out the ceremonial first pitch before the start of opening day between the Baltimore Orioles and the Detroit Tigers at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on April 4, 2011 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

  • BALTIMORE, MD - APRIL 04: Buck Showalter #26 manager of the Baltimore Orioles talks with former Orioles manager Earl Weaver (R) after Weaver threw out the ceremonial first pitch before the start of their game against the Detroit Tigers during opening day at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on April 4, 2011 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

  • BALTIMORE, MD - APRIL 04: Buck Showalter #26 manager of the Baltimore Orioles talks with former Orioles manager Earl Weaver (R) after Weaver threw out the ceremonial first pitch before the start of their game against the Detroit Tigers during opening day at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on April 4, 2011 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

  • BALTIMORE, MD - APRIL 04: Buck Showalter #26 manager of the Baltimore Orioles talks with former Orioles manager Earl Weaver (R) after Weaver threw out the ceremonial first pitch before the start of their game against the Detroit Tigers during opening day at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on April 4, 2011 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

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  • 2009 Baseball Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony

    COOPERSTOWN, NY - JULY 26: Hall of Fame manager Earl Weaver looks on at Clark Sports Center during the 2009 Baseball Hall of Fame induction ceremony on July 26, 2009 in Cooperstown, New York. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

  • 79th MLB All-Star Game

    NEW YORK - JULY 15: (L-R) American League All-Star manager Terry Francona #47 of the Boston Red Sox, former American League President Lee McPhail, Dick Williams, Tommy Lasorda, Earl Weaver and National League All-Star manager Clint Hurdle #13 of the Colorado Rockies stand on the field prior to the 79th MLB All-Star Game at Yankee Stadium on July 15, 2008 in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

  • 79th MLB All-Star Game

    NEW YORK - JULY 15: Former American League President Lee McPhail Jr., Managers Dick Williams, Tommy Lasorda and Earl Weaver look on in a pre-game ceremony during the 79th MLB All-Star Game at Yankee Stadium on July 15, 2008 in New York, New York. (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)

  • Hall Of Fame Induction Preview

    COOPERSTOWN, NY - JULY 27: Hall of Fame member Earl Weaver during the Play Ball with Ozzie Smith Clinic held at Doubleday Field on July 27, 2007 in Cooperstown, New York. (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)

  • Hall Of Fame Induction Preview

    COOPERSTOWN, NY - JULY 27: Hall of Fame members from L-R, Ozzie Smith, Brooks Robinson, Earl Weaver Ryne Sandberg and George Brett wait for a photo to be taken during the Play Ball with Ozzie Smith Clinic held at Doubleday Field on July 27, 2007 in Cooperstown, New York. (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)

  • Hall Of Fame Induction Preview

    COOPERSTOWN, NY - JULY 27: Hall of Fame member Ozzie Smith laughs with Earl Weaver during the Play Ball with Ozzie Smith Clinic held at Doubleday Field on July 27, 2007 in Cooperstown, New York. (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)

  • Hall Of Fame Induction Preview

    COOPERSTOWN, NY - JULY 27: Hall of Fame members Earl Weaver and George Brett joke around in the dugout during the Play Ball with Ozzie Smith Clinic held at Doubleday Field on July 27, 2007 in Cooperstown, New York. (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)

  • Hall Of Fame Induction Preview

    COOPERSTOWN, NY - JULY 27: Hall of Fame member Earl Weaver talks with fans in the dugout during the Play Ball with Ozzie Smith Clinic held at Doubleday Field on July 27, 2007 in Cooperstown, New York. (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)

  • Hall Of Fame Induction Preview

    COOPERSTOWN, NY - JULY 27: Hall of Fame members (L-R) Ozzie Smith, Brooks Robinson, Ryne Sandberg, Earl Weaver and George Brett joke around in the dugout during the Play Ball with Ozzie Smith Clinic held at Doubleday Field on July 27, 2007 in Cooperstown, New York. (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)

  • Hall Of Fame Induction Preview

    COOPERSTOWN, NY - JULY 27: Hall of Fame members (L-R) Brooks Robinson, Ryne Sandberg, Earl Weaver and George Brett joke around in the dugout during the Play Ball with Ozzie Smith Clinic held at Doubleday Field on July 27, 2007 in Cooperstown, New York. (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)