The Baltimore Orioles just lost 115 games during the regular season. Needless to say, that’s not good. And while it’s not entirely the manager’s fault, moving on is probably the best course of action. That’s just what the Orioles are doing. According to The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal, Buck Showalter is out as Orioles manager. In fact, he’s out entirely.
Buck Showalter will not be back with the #Orioles in any capacity, sources tell The Athletic.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) October 3, 2018
Showalter spent parts of nine seasons in Baltimore, overseeing a 669-684 record. But 2018 would be the worst of them, with the Orioles finishing a franchise-worst 47-115. For what it’s worth, Buck oversaw just 57 games as manager back in 2010. Then, the Orioles won 34 of their contests. In his last full season, they won just 13 more games than that. It’s staggering. So again, even if it’s not entirely his fault, it’s time to move on.
During parts of his nine seasons in charge, the Orioles made the playoffs three times. But in each of those appearances, they never won more than three games.
Sunday, the veteran manager was at peace with whatever the decision was going to be.
“Mr. Angelos’ family has been great to me and mine,” Showalter said via ESPN. “So whatever direction they decide to go, I’m at peace with it.”
Obviously, Baltimore will have multiple candidates for this vacancy. It’s a managerial opening, after all. But they’re in a rough spot right now personnel-wise. And it probably won’t get better quickly.