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Showalter to be named O's manager next week

Posted on: July 29, 2010 1:49 pm
Edited on: July 29, 2010 2:17 pm
Buck Showalter will be the next manager of the Orioles.

A source familiar with the talks confirmed to that the Orioles are putting the finishing touches on Showalter's contract, and expect to introduce him at a press conference Monday. The Orioles, whose 31-70 record is the worst in baseball, are off Monday and open a seven-game homestand Tuesday against the Angels.

The 54-year-old Showalter last managed in the big leagues with the Rangers, in 2006. He spent 11 seasons with the Yankees, Diamondbacks and Rangers, earning a reputation for being able to turn around losing franchises, but never taking any of the teams to the top.

The Yankees and Diamondbacks both won the World Series in the season immediately after Showalter was fired.

Showalter had been considered a strong candidate in Baltimore since soon after the Orioles fired Dave Trembley on June 4. While Juan Samuel won praise for his work as the interim manager, the Orioles went 16-31 on his watch and he wasn't given serious consideration for the full-time job.

Showalter's hiring was never a slam dunk, though.

Sources familiar with the team said that owner Peter Angelos originally favored ex-Oriole Rick Dempsey, thinking that Dempsey would excite the fans and fire up his team. Meanwhile, according to multiple sources, general manager Andy MacPhail wanted to hire ex-Indians manager Eric Wedge.

Angelos apparently was talked out of hiring Dempsey by people who work for him, and Showalter was his second choice. MacPhail was said to strongly believe that the Orioles needed a manager with prior big-league experience, preferably one who had taken a team to the postseason.

Showalter's hiring was first reported by his current employer, ESPN.


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Since: Jan 11, 2010
Posted on: July 30, 2010 11:31 am

Professional move by Os ...

I originally wanted Rick Dempsey to be the manager, but realized that i was going with my heart and not my head. After the denial by Bobby Valentine, i thought no proven manager will ever take this job until the organization turn it around first.

I admire this move by the Os and Showalter; for the Os not hiring a home grown hero under all the pressure and scutiny of the city, and for Buck Showalter to have the balls to take on this challenge. His legacy and reputation is on the line here, and imagine if he can turn this ship around, that will certainly imprint his place as one of the best manager around.
When he took over the Diamondbacks, they were also a young team, but add more season veterans and immediately improved. Unfortunately, they won the WS after he left. I am not comparing the Os to the Dbacks but certainly his presence will make different in club house and attitude of the team.
At the least by this hire, base on his past success and reputation; the Orioles may be able to attract some free agents next season and have the respect from the current players on the roster.

For the long run, i think he sees what Orioles fan can see, which is a promising young pitching staffs in Brian Matusz, Jake Arrieta, Brad Bergesen, Chris Tillman, Troy Patton and a few more in development. Building around the core of Matt Weiters, Adam Jones and Nick Markakis, plus Brian Roberts has a couple years left. They just drafted a super SS Manny Machado and from Dodgers trade of Josh Bell at 3B. There are other hold at 1B and another power bat in the outfield but I don't think the situation as bad as it really look accept for being in the toughest division in sport.
But  who out there  to say that the saw the Rays turn it around? It has to be a win win situation on this hire for the start of this turn around.

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Posted on: July 29, 2010 4:49 pm

Showalter to be named O's manager next week

This is a ood move for the Orioles, not so much for Showalter. All the time he will spend bottom dwelling the American League will only give him more grey hairs and force him to retire again. 

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