There are a lot of Orioles fans out there who think the voting members of the Baseball Writers Association of America were way off base when they named Bob Melvin American League Manager of the Year instead of Buck Showalter.
You don¿t get that very often in football or hockey or the NBA. But you get vitriol pretty much every year when the BBWAA season-ending awards are announced. And, to me, that speaks to the passion of the baseball fan.
The Orioles' improbable run to the postseason wasn¿t enough to earn Buck Showalter the BBWAA American League Manager of the Year Award, but his narrow loss to Oakland's Bob Melvin could take little from savoring a memorable season.
Orioles catcher Matt Wieters, who has emerged as one of the club¿s main leaders, was a little disappointed when he found out that Buck Showalter didn¿t win the 2012 AL Manager of the Year Award, as voted on by members of the BBWAA.
As a result of his leadership, Showalter could be rewarded Tuesday night with his third AL Manager of the Year Award. He's won the award following the strike-shortened season of 1994 with the Yankees and then again award in 2002 as manager of the Texas Rangers.
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.
Also new this year is an announcement of the finalists ¿ the top three in each league for the rookie, manager and Cy Young and Top 5 for MVP. That will be aired this Wednesday at 6 p.m. on MLB Network.
In his brief comments to the media following the Orioles' ALDS Game 5 loss to the Yankees in New York, club managing partner Peter Angelos opened the door to the idea of a contract extension for manager Buck Showalter.
Left-hander Joe Saunders was not the popular choice to get the Orioles' first postseason start in 15 years and to try and guide the club back to Baltimore for its first home playoff contest since Game 6 of the 1997 American League Championship Series.
Sitting in the visitors' dugout, Davey Johnson looked out over the park that used to be home, took a deep breath and grinned. It had been 15 years, but Johnson was finally managing again in Camden Yards.
Fifteen years after their split, Peter Angelos and Davey Johnson might have a chance to patch things up. The Orioles owner says, "enough time has passed," while his former manager says he has "buried the hatchet."
ESPN The Magazine has unveiled its annual Ultimate Team Rankings, which measure ¿how much MLB, NBA, NFL and NHL franchises give back to the fans in exchange for all the time, money and emotion the fans invest in them.¿ The franchises were evaluated on eight criteria, including ¿bang for the buck,¿ the stadium atmosphere, the on-field product and prospects of winning a championship in this lifetime.