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Steve Pearce

The Undercard: Et Tu Duquette?

Manager Buck Showalter and Executive Vice President of Baseball Operations Dan Duquette had barely finished collecting the accolades and hardware awarded to them for the brilliant 2014 Orioles season before they were under fire from Baltimore’s weary baseball fans. The charge: failing to retain, or adequately replace, three key pieces to the joyous postseason run this past October—outfielder/designated hitter Nelson Cruz, shutdown reliever Andrew Miller, and right fielder Nick Markakis. With the first two, it’s mostly a matter of finding ways to fill in the offensive and pitching holes left behind. But losing Markakis, a career Oriole who broke in with the club...