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 CBSSports.com 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.
Posted on: June 4, 2010 9:38 am
Edited on: June 4, 2010 9:44 am
The disappointing Orioles season has cost Dave Trembley his job.
The team fired Trembley after nearly three years as manager. Third-base coach Juan Samuel will take over as the interim manager, while club president Andy MacPhail searches for a full-time replacement. Gary Allenson, who had been managing the Orioles' Triple-A Norfolk affiliate, will be the new third-base coach.
Phil Garner and Bob Melvin are expected to be among the candidates the Orioles consider.
The Orioles never expected to contend in the tough American League East, but they expected to make progress this year. Instead, after losing leadoff man Brian Roberts and closer Mike Gonzalez to injuries, they have a worst-in-baseball 15-39 record, and have lost their last eight games.
Trembley, who took over when MacPhail fired Sam Perlozzo in June 2007, finished with a 187-282 record. The Orioles haven't had a winning season since they last made the playoffs in 1997.
Posted on: June 16, 2008 7:51 pm
The Mariners chose Bill Bavasi over Al Avila in 2003, and less than five years later, they're again looking for a new general manager.
Maybe this time they should hire Avila, who as Dave Dombrowski's assistant has helped revive the Tigers.
Dombrowski and Avila overhauled the Tigers when they took over, and the same type of overhaul is needed now in Seattle. There isn't a quick fix. Listen to what M's pitcher Jarrod Washburn told reporters Sunday: "There's no sign of turning it around. We're not good."
The thing is, the Mariners were in need of an overhaul in 2003, too, and they didn't get one. They were an aging team, and yet they kept trying to convince themselves they were a move away. That's how you end up with a $117 million payroll and the worst record in baseball.
It's strange to look back at the Mariners-Orioles trade from the winter, the one that sent Erik Bedard to Seattle. Now the M's are a mess, and could well trade Bedard. Meanwhile, the Orioles -- who finally themselves realized an overhaul was in order -- are respectable at 34-34.
I'm in Philadelphia tonight, and the Phillies honored Orioles third-base coach Juan Samuel by inducting him into their Wall of Fame. Samuel said the thing about the young Orioles is that "they think they can win, and they talk about winning." He also said that they've turned things around because there's been a focus on playing the game right, starting with manager Dave Trembley, and the players have bought into it.
Why have they bought into it?
"Because they see the results," Samuel said.
They see results in Seattle, too -- negative results.