Orioles manager Buck Showalter led the Orioles to success as part of a wave taking over the game that emphasize bullpen usage and defense. That the rest of the league caught up and passed them on that front doesn't take away from the success it brought.
When he arrived in August 2010, the Orioles were the worst team in baseball. As he leaves, they’re no better. Somewhere in between rests Buck Showalter’s legacy as Orioles manager, an 8 1/2-year term that roused the club from a 14-year losing skein unprecedented in franchise history.
Buck Showalter won't return to manage the Orioles in 2019, according to an industry source, ending what until this season had been a productive relationship with the manager who took over in August 2010 and brought playoff baseball back to Baltimore and an organization that was starved for it.
It's a rare manager to inspire tee shirts and garden gnomes, much less to arrive in town already made it in New York and on Seinfeld even. But that was Buck Showalter, and now Orioles fans are left to mourn his passing.
As Buck Showalter departs, Orioles players say 'it was business right until the end' with longtime manager
As the Orioles and Showalter part ways at the end of a 115-loss season, players said the manager who oversaw that collapse was the same who led them to three playoff appearances in five years, for better or worse.
Schmuck: Showalter's departure was inevitable, but there's plenty of blame to go around for Orioles' season
Buck Showalter is on the hook for dismal Orioles season that was result of years of poor long-range planning.
Many clearly haven’t forgotten that in his nine seasons as skipper, Buck Showalter brought winning baseball to Baltimore.