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Schmuck: Showalter's departure was inevitable, but there's plenty of blame to go around for Orioles' season

Schmuck: Showalter's departure was inevitable, but there's plenty of blame to go around for Orioles' season

Buck Showalter isn’t going to curse the fates for the way the Orioles renaissance he helped engineer came unraveled over the past couple of years. He’s old school and he knows that the manager always ends up paying the price for persistent on-field failure.

He might go home with his ego slightly bruised and perhaps tell himself he won’t manage again, but his ability to reconstruct a troubled organization has been proven more than once and he likely will be required somewhere soon.

The Orioles organization owes him a tremendous debt of gratitude for dragging it out of a 14-year losing streak that sullied the reputation of owner Peter Angelos and what had been one of the...

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