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.
Buck Showalter won't return to manage the Orioles in 2019, according to an industry source, ending what until this season had been a productive relationship with the manager who took over in August 2010 and brought playoff baseball back to Baltimore and an organization that was starved for it.
A friendly rivalry was almost settled Friday night when Darren O'Day was set to face Ryan Flaherty, but manager Buck Showalter's decision to intentionally walk him avoided that "potential moment" in favor of trying to win the game.
Former Orioles star Nick Markakis is enjoying a career year in the fourth year of his deal with Atlanta, with he and Ryan Flaherty providing the upstart Braves much of what they did for the Orioles, showing what their old team lacks in the process.
New Orioles right-hander Alex Cobb threw a bullpen Thursday on his first full day with his new club, and discussed with the coaching staff how they'll get him ready for major league action on an abbreviated schedule.
Jonathan Schoop’s elbow injury isn’t expected to force the Orioles’ starting second baseman to miss an extended amount of time, but his absence from the team’s Grapefruit League opener Friday afternoon served as an early-spring reminder that the team could be in trouble if an infielders goes down.
Another important offseason deadline will approach at the end of this week as teams must tender contracts to their arbitration-eligible players by Friday at 8 p.m., otherwise making them free agents. Last year, the Orioles signed catcher Welington Castillo after he was nontendered.