Orioles manager Buck Showalter has been climbing the milestone ladder pretty consistently this year. Following Thursday's loss in Philadelphia, Showalter is still just two wins away from tying Hall of Famer Cap Anson for 32nd all time with 1,295.
This year, Showalter has already moved into third all-time on the Orioles' wins list with 411, trailing only Hall of Famer Earl Weaver and Paul Richards. And Showalter will manage his 2,500th big league game at some point in early July.
But the list that Showalter moved up on this week is perhaps more surprising than any of the others. With the firing of San Diego's Bud Black on Monday, Showalter is now fifth among active managers for longest tenure with their current club.
Only the Los Angeles Angels' Mike Scioscia, San Francisco Giants' Bruce Bochy, New York Yankees' Joe Girardi and Kansas City Royals' Ned Yost were with their current team when Showalter managed his first Orioles' game Aug. 3, 2010.
"It is a little bit surprising," said Orioles catcher Matt Wieters. "You would think that teams that have success would keep their managers for the long haul. But this game has always been a 'What have you done lately for me?' game. It speaks to all those managers that stay in one place, how consistent they have to be year in and year out to stay in one place."
Despite his impressive record, Showalter has been in and out of three previous jobs — with the Yankees, Arizona Diamondbacks and Texas Rangers. He had never lasted more than four seasons at any stop before coming to Baltimore, which created the impression that he wore out his welcome with his renowned intensity.
"Everybody wears out their welcome. Everybody gets to a point where somebody needs a different voice," said Showalter, who is in his sixth season with the Orioles. "I don't think about it. I really don't. Every day you try to do what it takes to stay one more day."
If Showalter was known as a manager that moved around, he may have found the perfect fit. He was hired in 2010 by a club that desperately needed stability. Dating back to 2003, the Orioles had five managers in eight seasons before Showalter took over.
"I feel like we are fortunate that we were able to get him when we did," Wieters said. "I don't really know why he has moved around so much, but as far as a manager being able to get his team ready to play, I don't see many out there much better. And you would think those are the kinds of managers you'd like to try and keep in one place for a long time."
Showalter, 59, signed an extension in 2013 that keeps him under contract through 2018. So he has some time to move even further up the current-tenure list, but he has been around too long to make long-term plans.
"I just need about half an hour notice. If I get tired of it, I can pack up quickly. Really, I'm 60 years old next year. I ain't getting out of this alive," he joked. "There are things that I know at the end of the day, I go, 'OK, that cost me a little time off my life.' But there are experiences that I wouldn't trade for the world that might enrich my life."
Around the horn
The last time before Thursday that the Orioles lost in Philadelphia was July 4, 2004. They had won four straight since then, including a three-game sweep at Citizens Bank Park in 2009. … Shortstop J.J. Hardy had a double and single Thursday, extending his hitting streak to 11 games. … Orioles vice president Brady Anderson will be with Gonzalez and infielder Jonathan Schoop as they rehab at Bowie this weekend. Special assistant Ramon Martinez will be with Wei-Yin Chen as he pitches Saturday for High-A Frederick. … The Orioles announced six more 2015 draft signings Thursday and now have signed 23 of their 41 picks. The newly announced Orioles are: center fielder Jaylen Ferguson (ninth round), second baseman Drew Turbin (14), outfielder Mike Odenwaelder (16), right-hander Juan Echevarria (21), first baseman Steve Laurino (25) and catcher Stuart Levy (27). … Catcher Caleb Joseph turned 29 Thursday.