After bringing winning baseball back to the Baltimore Orioles, will Buck Showalter be able to take the reigns in the Orioles next rebuild?
Before the arrival of Baltimore Orioles Manager Buck Showalter, the franchise suffered 12 consecutive losing seasons with no signs of returning to the glory days they once experienced.
During the 2010 season, the Orioles fired former manager Dave Trembley after starting the season 15-39 and named Juan Samuel interim manager. However, nothing changed during Samuel’s short-lived tenure as the Orioles manager after leading the team to a 17-34 record.
Finally, enough was enough as the Orioles front office hired the renowned manager, Buck Showalter, who immediately turned around the team’s season by ending the 2010 campaign with a 34-23 record. The Orioles suffered one more dreadful season before clinching their first playoff berth since 1997 when the Orioles was eliminated in the American League Championship series.
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Since then, Showalter has led the Orioles to two more playoff appearances in 2014 when they were the AL East champions and in 2016 before falling to the Toronto Blue Jays in the AL Wild Card game.
Now, as Showalter finishes out the final year of his contract, his future with the Orioles is unknown as they begin a deep rebuild and currently own the worst record in MLB at 37-87. Furthermore, the Orioles have been officially eliminated from playoff contention midway through Aug. Lastly, Showalter’s all-time record with the Orioles is nearing .500 at 659-656 after leading the Orioles to four winning seasons.
Along with Showalter, Orioles executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette, who teamed with the Orioles manager over the years to bring winning baseball back to Baltimore, future is uncertain as well.
Fancred Sports’ Jon Heyman assumes the Orioles franchise won’t keep both Showalter and Duquette for the 2019 campaign. Heyman also believes that Duquette has a better chance to be with the Orioles in 2019 than Showalter after Duquette’s series of money-saving moves during the 2018 MLB trade deadline.
For all those hoping Cal Ripken Jr. takes on a role with the Baltimore Orioles organization, Heyman states it’ll likely be within the front office rather than a managerial position.