When he arrived in August 2010, the Orioles were the worst team in baseball. As he leaves, they’re no better.
Somewhere in between rests Buck Showalter’s legacy as Orioles manager, an 8 1/2-year term that roused the club from a 14-year losing skein unprecedented in franchise history. Moreover, Showalter’s obsession with detail helped resurrect, for several years at least, the club’s once-proud mantra known as “The Oriole Way.”
Three times, on Showalter’s watch, the Orioles reached the postseason. Of the team’s 18 full-time managers since 1954, only Earl Weaver (six) can top that — and Weaver ran the team for 17 years, winning four pennants and the 1970 World Series.