Laurel baseball fans hoping for a Beltway Series between the Baltimore Orioles and Washington Nationals have had to remain patient the past few years. The Orioles and Nationals both made the playoffs in 2012 and 2014, but Washington lost in the first round each year while the Orioles were eliminated in the American League Division Series in 2012 and the AL Championship Series in 2014. Those fans needed more than patience as the 2016 season began – they needed a strong umbrella and some
Dusty Baker was officially introduced as the new manager of the Washington Nationals on Thursday morning. He said this will be his final managerial job and he's looking to check off the final box on his bucket list -- a world title as manager.
In Dusty Baker, the Nationals get someone who already has worked 20 seasons as a manager in the majors and whose 1,671-1,504 career record ¿ a .526 winning percentage ¿ includes the second-most victories of any active manager.
Orioles manager Buck Showalter was selected Tuesday night as the Baseball Writers' Association of America's American League Manager of the Year for the third time in his 16-year career, winning the honor in a landslide.
Even though Buck Showalter isn't comfortable with taking credit for his role in the Orioles' success, he is the favorite to win the third Baseball Writers' Association of America AL Manager of the Year award in his 16-year managerial career.
Orioles Hall of Famer Cal Ripken Jr. continued to make the point that he is interested in managing, in a radio interview Thursday morning, but it is clear that Ripken won't go so far as to announce any interest in the Washington Nationals' vacancy.
Showalter was announced Wednesday night as one of three finalists for the Baseball Writers' Association of America's award after leading the Orioles to a 93-69 record and their first playoff appearance since 1997.