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Showalter to interview with Orioles

Posted on: June 17, 2010 1:10 am
The Orioles will interview Buck Showalter next week for their managerial job, according to the Baltimore Sun.

Showalter hasn't managed since being fired by the Rangers after the 2006 season. He is a two-time American League Manager of the Year and has an overall record of 882-833 with the Yankees, Diamondbacks and Rangers.

The Orioles already have interviewed Eric Wedge and Bobby Valentine (with whom Showalter works as an ESPN analyst). Club president Andy MacPhail has said the team has no timetable for finding a permanent replacement for Dave Trembley, who was fired June 4.

MacPhail also says the team is looking for an experienced manager with a successful track record and postseason experience. The first three identified interviewees meet those criteria, but Kevin Cowherd wonders in the Sun why anyone with the profile the Orioles are looking for would take a job helming a lousy team with no indications that things are going to improve. The Orioles haven't had a winning record since 1997.

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
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Since: May 6, 2009
Posted on: June 17, 2010 4:23 pm

Showalter to interview with Orioles

After a number of years when the farm system was awful and produced few legitimate prospects it is starting to get better. With Nick Marakis, Matt Wieters and Adam Jones ( from the Seattle trade) they have a core of good improving young everyday players.  They actually have some young pitchers with potential in Brian Matuz,Chris Tillman,Jake Arrieta and Zach Britton. They have a good 3b prospect in the minors in Josh bell and at 1b with Brandon Snyder. In my opinion the best candidates would be Tony Pena, Willie Randolph , Eric Wedge, Gary Allenson and Rick Dempsey. Pena and Randolph both deserve second changes and both understand how to develope young talent. Pena a former catcher would be a great choice to work with the young pitching staff and the most important piece of the Orioles young team and that is Matt Wieters.

Since: Jan 11, 2010
Posted on: June 17, 2010 2:14 pm

RICK DEMPSEY to interview with Orioles...

Bring on person who wants the job, instead of begging and pleading for a sexy name and get dumped all over.
Let's see, the Orioles is like that ugly rich kid in a big school who wants to succeed and attention, so he go out of his way trying to fit in with the big boys and get the cheerleaders; but he realized he is over his head and go back to the hometown girl who he knows he can trust with his money and family.
It sicken me to see how ugly this situation has become as they are searching for the replacement. Why would any manager with credibility taking on this job, where they know they would fail for sure (at least for the next 3-5 years) before these new players developed? A proven manager is not only looking at this managerial job only but could be audition for the next one that may be in place for them, goddness know they'll get canned again if they lose this way again next year and the year after.

My answer is Rick Dempsey, they guy has been with the Orioles all his life and a great players himself. Yes, he has been turned down 3 other time interviewed, exact reason we don't know why. But he wants it now, with his heart, and they need now more than ever, someone with attitude and passion for Baltimore. It's like the kid who went out and run into trouble, where does he turn to but family member for support because his possy is already on the run.

Since: Jan 9, 2007
Posted on: June 17, 2010 1:20 pm

Showalter to interview with Orioles

Why?  Because if you continue to go with managers like Dave Trembley and Sam Perlozzo, managers with no managerial experience and not winning/post season experience, then we will continue with the losing attitiude. 

Hire a guy who knows pitching and the value of a farm system first, then concern yourself with the playoffs,Most of these guys are "winning" managers who have been to the post season. 

If the Orioles keep doing what they're doing, they will keep getting what they're getting.  Losing seasons and a different manager every 1-2 years. 

Since: Apr 25, 2008
Posted on: June 17, 2010 12:30 pm

Showalter to interview with Orioles

While I agree with ALOT of what you are saying.  I don't think it is QUITE as ridiculous as you are painting it to be.  I think looking for the caliber coach they are is a good sign that AM wants to win.  I think it is possible as well.  Right now we are enduring a complete downturn of potential.  To me that signals HORRIBLE coaching.  Both at the hitting and managerial level.  There is still ALOT of potential talent on this team, they just need to be shown how to go out and have big games day in and day out.  Outside of that... Tampa Bay has done it in the AL East, so i think the word "impossible" needn't be in our vocabulary.  (However, I will agree that it will most likely be a couple more miserable years in Baltimore)

Since: Feb 1, 2010
Posted on: June 17, 2010 12:06 pm

Showalter to interview with Orioles

Well said. This Orioles are a great distance away from any playoff hope. Their primary focus needs to be on the draft. They need to invest in their scouting system.

Since: Jan 6, 2010
Posted on: June 17, 2010 11:44 am

A Track Record and Postseason Experience?!

Well, dreaming is free regarding the postseason experience.  The O's are far from that and flying in serpentine fashion away from the postseason as fast as their little wings can carry them. 

Baby steps, Andy, baby steps.  First, don't finish last in MLB.  Second, don't finish last in the AL East.  Third, finish third in the very competitive AL East (easily the best division in baseball).  Fourth, hope Boston or NY fall into the ocean in a horrible global disaster, allowing you to finish second in the AL East, and hope similar disaster befalls eight other teams allowing you to win a wild card spot.  Then, and only then, does a wealth of postseason experience become an important variable in your new hire!

Hire a guy who knows pitching and the value of a farm system first, then concern yourself with the playoffs, from which you are so far away that Planet Playoff could explode and you wouldn't hear the sound for the next thirty years!

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