Tag:Buck Showalter
Posted on: November 22, 2010 6:23 pm
Edited on: November 23, 2010 8:48 am
 

Randolph could complete O's staff


Orioles manager Buck Showalter is still one coach shy of a complete staff, and the Baltimore Sun reports that the team is trying to reach agreement with former Mets manager Willie Randolph.

Randolph spent last season as bench coach for the Brewers. He would serve as bench coach or third-base coach with the Orioles, with former Pirates manager John Russell reportedly set to take the spot Randolph doesn't.

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: November 9, 2010 9:28 am
 

Samuel could choose Phillies over O's


Orioles manager Buck Showalter is back to the drawing board in his hunt for a bench coach now that Don Wakamatsu has chosen Toronto as his fall-back position if he doesn't get the Mets job. He also is without a third-base coach as he waits for a decision from Juan Samuel.

Samuel was interim manager for 51 games last season before he lost out to Showalter for the permanent gig. He's been invited to return to his old job as third-base coach, though the prospect of going back after sitting in the big chair has to be awkward. And an attractive opportunity has arisen that might be a more attractive option. Davey Lopes left as Phillies first-base coach, and Samuel has ties to the team, having played seven years in Philadelphia.

The Phillies haven't offered Samuel the job, but it at least looks like his return to Baltimore is in doubt.

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: November 2, 2010 6:15 pm
 

Ex-O's skipper Samuel returning to coach third

Samuel When Buck Showalter took over the Orioles, he wanted to retain Juan Samuel (pictured) as third-base coach even though Samuel had immediately preceded him as interim manager.

While Samuel said no then, he is saying yes now.

"It looks like I’m going to be back," Samuel told the Baltimore Sun , saying the only thing left is to talk to president Andy MacPhail about the contract. "[Showalter and I] had some good conversations, and I want to come back and I’ll be coaching third."

As Showalter rounds out his pitching staff, he can cross out one priority off the list: finding a Spanish-speaking coach. That's Samuel, who was third-base coach for Baltimore from 2007 up until taking over for the fired Dave Trembley. He will also work with the infielders, with the vacant first-base coach being assigned outfielders.

"It kind of surprised me a little bit when I got a phone call that [Buck] was going to call me. I was like, ‘Oh, boy,’" Samuel said. "But I think if I start [at third base] in spring training, the transition will be much easier. It was so uncomfortable to stay in that role [in August], but now I am looking forward to starting from scratch in spring training."

While Showalter hasn't officially named his staff, the hitting coach is Jim Presley while the bullpen coach stays Rick Adair. The club is negotiating with Mark Connor to take over as pitching coach, and Don Wakamatsu is expected to be named bench coach if and when he misses out on the managerial vacancies. That leaves first-base as a wide open spot, with Astros coach Wayne Kirby thought to be in the lead.

-- Evan Brunell

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Category: MLB
Posted on: October 30, 2010 12:24 pm
 

Wakamatsu expected to join O's

Don Wakamatsu Former Mariners manager Don Wakamatsu will be the Orioles' bench coach if he doesn't find a manager's job, MLB.com's Brittany Ghiroli tweets .

Ghiroli says the Orioles are waiting to announce Buck Showalter's entire coaching staff until Wakamatsu finds out if he's out of the running for the available manager's jobs (a note to Don, you are.)

Wakamatsu was fired as the Mariners' manager in August.

The Orioles have already agreed to two-year contracts with hitting coach Jim Presley and bullpen coach Rick Adair. Mark Connor is expected to be the Orioles' pitching coach.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: October 15, 2010 8:33 pm
Edited on: October 19, 2010 11:03 am
 

Showalter still deciding on coaches

Because during the middle of the ALCS opener you are consumed with worry over the Orioles' coaching staff, we bring you this update: There's no news.

The Baltimore Sun reports that manager Buck Showalter, hired midseason, on Friday was calling the coaches he inherited and telling them he's still deciding what he wants to do with the staff for next season. (How exactly does that call go? "Uh, hey, it's Buck. Just calling to tell you I don't know whether you still have a job." Awkward.) He had told the coaches at the end of the season that he expected to make decisions within a few days, but the process is taking longer.

The Sun points out that the holdup might be the Blue Jays' massive managerial search. They are apparently interviewing everyone who has ever worked in baseball, and that includes two men who formerly coached with Showalter that he might like to hire: Jays third base coach Brian Butterfield and deposed Mariners manager Don Wakamatsu.

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: September 16, 2010 9:17 pm
 

Wieters not living up to his own expectations

Matt Wieters To say there would be no way for Matt Wieters to live up to the hype would be an understatement.

Before the 2009 season, he was not only supposed to win the Rookie of the Year, but the MVP and Nobel Peace Prize, as well.

Instead, he's hit .273/.336/.404 as a big leaguer, not bad, but hardly anything near living up to the expectations. Wieters said he's among those with big expectations for himself.

"This year didn't feel like I played quite up to the level I'm capable of," Wieters told the Baltimore Sun 's Jeff Zrebiec. "It's something that you can take into the offseason and work out even harder to try to get where you can."

His manager, Buck Showalter, said he likes what he's seen out of his catcher.

"Maybe everyone expects him to be this huge offensive player and this towering presence in the lineup. I don't know about all that. All I know is what I've seen from him when I got here and I am impressed, and I'm not easily impressed," Showalter said. "Keep in mind, he's 24 and he's already pretty good. I'm glad Matt is on our side, I'm glad that he's wearing our uniform. Matt is going to be as good as he's capable of being, and that's a comfortable thought to me and it should be for Oriole fans."

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Category: MLB
Posted on: August 10, 2010 9:37 pm
 

Orioles to spread save opportunities around


Alfredo Simon isn't exactly out as the Orioles' closer, but he's not going to be the only one finishing out games for Buck Showalter.

Simon has 17 saves, but has blown three of his last 10 save opportunities and allowed runs in six of his last 10 outings.

"I'm sure Simon will get some more opportunities along the way, but I feel like we have some other people capable of doing it other than him," Showalter told Jeff Zrebiec of the Baltimore Sun . "We'll see what each night dictates."

Michael Gonzalez and Koji Uehara could get some of those opportunities.

"Some guys down there have shown that they are capable of getting big outs for us," Showalter said.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: August 4, 2010 1:24 am
Edited on: October 19, 2010 12:23 pm
 

Dempsey thinks Orioles gig should have been his

Rick Dempsey There's at least one person who thinks Baltimore erred in hiring Buck Showalter -- MASN broadcaster Rick Dempsey.

"I'm very, very disappointed," Dempsey told the Baltimore Sun about not winning out for the job of Orioles skipper. Dempsey has now whiffed in four managerial interviews -- previously losing out to Mike Hargrove, Sam Perlozzo and Dave Trembley.

The difference with Showalter is that Dempsey doesn't feel as if he was snubbed in the process.

"Of all of the managers I have gone up against in the interviewing process, he is probably the highest qualified of all of them, Dempsey said, perhaps ignoring Hargrove's successful run with the Indians that saw the team come within an out of winning the 1997 World Series. "No doubt in my mind [Showalter] can turn this around, but he still doesn't know what I know about this ballclub. But I am at least happy to lose out to someone so qualified for the job."

Dempsey isn't thrilled that an Orioles icon (himself) hasn't gotten a chance at the job, despite knowing more about the club than anyone else -- his words.

"I think it is probably the biggest mistake made here in a long time, and I'm not talking just today, I mean over the years," Dempsey said in quite the comment. "Not being given an opportunity to manage this ballclub. Every organization in baseball would like to have someone who has won, who has played in the World Series for the organization, who has learned to manage from A ball up and come back here. I think with the relationship I have had with the fans and this city, I should have been a slam-dunk years ago. Someone dropped the ball a long time ago."

Dempsey spent 12 total years with Baltimore, coming up with the Twins and spending four years in Minnesota. He then went to the Yankees in 1973 and was dealt to Baltimore in 1976 where he established himself as a full-time player. He left after 1986 and continued his career as a journeyman, ending it as a 42-year-old back in Baltimore for nine at-bats in 1992. In those 12 seasons with Baltimore over 4,105 plate appearances, he hit .239/.319/.355, mostly behind the dish -- which is where his value was. He was known as one of the best defensive catchers of his era, winning the 1979 AL pennant and the 1983 World Series -- and won the MVP award in the latter. Dempsey would tack on another ring to his resume, winning again with the Dodgers in 1998 as a bench player behind Mike Scioscia.

Dempsey then became a skipper, managing in the Dodgers organization before moving onto the Mets. He then served as first-base coach for the O's for seven seasons, moved to third base in 2005 and split 2006 between the bullpen and first base. The 60-year-old then joined MASN in 2007.

Despite the whiffs, Dempsey isn't ruling out another chase for the managerial job even though he's getting a bit long in the tooth. And how does he feel about having missed out four times so far?

"Well, it's not the first time I have gone 0-for-4," he joked.

-- Evan Brunell

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