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Buck Showalter was ahead of the game early in Orioles tenure, before the rest of baseball caught up

Buck Showalter was ahead of the game early in Orioles tenure, before the rest of baseball caught up

The Orioles’ collapse can be blamed on more than Buck Showalter, the man who left Camden Yards for the final time as manager Wednesday, just as more than Showalter deserve credit for the club’s ascent back to relevance from 2012 to 2016.

What became clear as the Orioles ceded their place among the perennial playoff contenders this decade and entered the team-building phase intended to lead the club back to success, as with all smart approaches, the way the Orioles developed into a contender under Showalter was eventually copied by the rest of the game.

Showalter's ability to run a bullpen and emphasis on defense helped the Orioles close the gap between themselves and the teams...

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