When fans made a great catch of a foul ball at Baltimore's Memorial Stadium back in the good old days, Rex Barney, legendary announcer, proclaimed over the public address system, “Give that fan a contract!” In light of the Orioles' painful state of affairs, maybe that's not just a corny idea.
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.
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.
Just a handful of Astros who won last year's World Series were with the team when their rebuild began, a signal to the Orioles and their fans that they might not see the current players around when the winning returns.
Orioles first baseman Chris Davis won't play in the final homestand, manager Buck Showalter said, reversing what he'd said Wednesday in Boston and solidifying Davis as having one of the worst seasons in baseball history.
Though his contract is set to expire in October, Orioles manager Buck Showalter is at peace with his uncertain future. "You know how good they’ve been to me," he said of the club he's managed for nine seasons. "I’m not ever going to forget that, regardless of what happens.”
Orioles manager Buck Showalter stressed good evaluation and good communication as key aspects of the team's rebuild, and kept returning to the idea that the team has to sell hope to a fan base that might not see it in the club's 36-93 record.
The Aug. 31 trade deadline for traded players to be eligible for the postseason is looming, but Adam Jones continues to give every indication that he's sticking around until the end of the season ... and wants to come back next year.
The gulf between where the Orioles are now and where they were — when Manny Machado and J.J. Hardy were winning Gold Glove Awards on the left side and Jonathan Schoop was using one of the game’s strongest infield arms at second base — is vast.
Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette said the trade of Manny Machado was going to be the first step in an organizational rebuild that will include everything from expanded analytics and technology to more professional and international scouting efforts.
Former Orioles infielder and Astros first base coach Rich Dauer was back in the coaching box Tuesday at the All-Star Game, marking his return to the field after a blood clot nearly took his life during last year's World Series celebration in Houston.