June 1-3, 1990: Oates, who managed Rochester in 1988 and was the Orioles first-base coach since 1989, got his first experience as a major-league manager when he substituted for Frank Robinson, who had been suspended for three games. Under Oates, the Orioles won two of three over the Yankees in New York.
May 23, 1991: Oates was named manager of the Orioles, replacing Robinson. Oates joined Robinson as the only people to play for, coach and manage the Orioles. The team was 13-24 under Robinson. After Oates became manager, the Orioles lost four straight and Oates lost 16 pounds.
Oct. 7, 1991: Two days after the season ended, Oates signed a two-year contract to manage through the 1993 season. The Orioles had gone 54-71 under Oates to finish in sixth place with a 67-95 record, 24 games out of first.
Oct. 27, 1992: Oates finished third in the Baseball Writers Association of America American League Manager of the Year voting behind the Oakland Athletics' Tony La Russa and the Milwaukee Brewers' Phil Garner. The Orioles had posted the league's best improvement in games (22) over the previous year, finishing 89-73 in third place.
Sept. 7, 1993: Oates and first baseman Glenn Davis, who had been recently activated from the disabled list, held a shouting match in the clubhouse in a dispute over Davis' playing time.
Sept. 27, 1993: Club officials said an announcement on whether Oates would return as Orioles manager would not be made for another month. The Orioles had to exercise their option for Oates' services for the next year by Oct. 31 or lose him. But, even though an announcement might not come until after the World Series, club officials said the delay should not be interpreted as dissatisfaction with Oates. "I think he's done a fine job," said general manager Roland Hemond.
Oct. 3, 1993: The Orioles finished the season with an 85-77 mark, tied for third place, 10 games out of first. The Orioles had been in first place on July 20, and were a half-game out on Sept. 9. "It's been an emotional season," Oates said. "I've never been around a team that played so well at times and so poorly at times. I'm going to go home and figure out which team we really were."
Oct. 12, 1993: Oates was named American League Manager of the Year by The Sporting News. The award was decided by a vote of the AL managers.
Oct. 22, 1993: Oates ended speculation about his future with the Orioles under new managing general partner Peter Angelos by signing a two-year contract extension with an option for the 1996 season.
June 6, 1994: Robinson denies reports that he is trying to get his old job as manager back, saying: "If anybody thinks I'm up there back-stabbing [Oates], trying to get his job, they couldn't be further from the truth. That's not me. That's not my personality. I'm one of the manager's biggest supporters in the front office. I have a feel for what a manager goes through, what his needs are. I know because I've been there."
June 7, 1994: Robinson met with Oates behind closed doors before a game against the Kansas City Royals to assure the manager he was not trying to undermine Oates' job security.
June 17, 1994: In a feature section article in The Washington Post, Angelos was quoted as saying of Oates: "This guy's a problem. He's obstinate. An insecure man. I don't think he's a good leader." Later that day, Angelos hand-delivered a letter of apology to Oates, which said, in part, "In closing, I propose that Johnny Oates promise to stop agonizing and being so terribly tough on himself and in return Peter Angelos promise to stop fulminating and complaining and most importantly refrain from indulging in that all-consuming American pastime of second guessing the manager." Angelos also said: "I can say that without equivocation. He's here. He's the manager, and we're supporting him. Before any decision to relieve a manager of his responsibilities as manager would have to take a lot of soul-searching, a lot of conversation. None of that is going on."
Sept. 26, 1994: Oates was fired. The Orioles were in second place with a 63-49 record, 6 1/2 games behind the New York Yankees in the American League East when the players went on strike Aug. 12.