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.
Orioles Hall of Famer Cal Ripken Jr. remains open to the idea of getting back into Major League Baseball in some capacity, but he said Thursday morning in an interview with The Baltimore Sun that he is by no means lobbying for any job, managerial or otherwise.
He has more hits than Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig, a higher career batting average than Mickey Mantle and a higher postseason average than Joe DiMaggio. And it won't be long before Derek Jeter is a new lord of New York Yankees lore.