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July 29, 2010

Showalter will get 3-year deal that will start in 2011

The Orioles are planning on holding a news conference on Monday at Camden Yards to announce that they have hired Buck Showalter as their next manager.

Showalter will sign a three-year deal that will start after the season, according to team sources. The Orioles reached agreement with him this morning, and the agreement was first reported by ESPN. Showalter will be in the dugout on Tuesday when the Orioles start their next homestand against the Los Angeles Angels.

The coaching staff is expected to stay around until at least the end of the season.

Interim manager Juan Samuel will return to coaching third base and current third base coach Gary Allenson will return to managing Triple-A Norfolk.

Posted by Jeff Zrebiec at 1:39 PM | | Comments (16)


I hope Showalter coming in is a prerequisite for Kranitz being fired. Kranitz has done nothing with this pitching staff and guys like Chris Ray who was terrible for Kranitz is pitching well for the Giants.

Hip Hip Hooray! Now lets clean out the coaching staff.

The O's need to clean house with the coaches too. Its so obvious (expect maybe Allenson) that their coaching has had zero effects. So just let them go and bring up some coaches from the minors. Id even consider putting Dempsey in the dugout as becnh coach.

Buck Sh_walter must earn his O

Will Showalter bring in any of his own staff immediately? Will he have final say over all of his coaches?

Jeff Z's reply: Oriole officials won't talk about this stuff in depth until Monday, but the current coaching staff will likely remain through the end of season and then Showalter will assemble own staff after the season.

Allow me to preempt the front office in the event that Buck Showalter has been granted the authority to assemble his own coaching staff:

The [remaining] fans of the Baltimore Orioles, in fact, do not thank the outgoing coaches for their service. We would like to have seen them gone years ago. They made the team worse. They turned player progression into regression and had they delivered similar (in)competency in the real world, they would have been fired.

"Showalter will sign a three-year deal that will start after the season. The Orioles reached agreement with him this morning. Showalter will be in the dugout on Tuesday when the Orioles start their next home stand. The coaching staff is expected to stay around until at least the end of the season."
Contradicting statement. One says he starts Tuesday and one says next season?

Jeff Z's reply: Tried to write it real quick Ken and I can see why you misunderstood. Wasn't written well at all. He's starting Tuesday, but the three years doesn't start until next year. So basically it's a three-year and two-month deal if you know what I mean.

Leave it to the Orioles to make things so difficult to hash out a contract. I guess that's what happens when you have a lawyer for an owner!

I am glad they are retaining Juan Samuel as a third base coach.
But I do hope Buck clean house and keeps those who want to play and coach here. Give the "Heave Ho" to those who want to be gone.

Heck, release them outright if you can't trade them. Also, I hope this brings an end to Ex-Cubs playing here as well.

Thanks Jeff for all the updates!

I will be very interested to hear about how organizational duties are distributed between McPhail and Showalter. While I think Buck is a good manager and a good PR move for the team, I do worry that they might have an incoherent or unclear organizational structure. Even if there are good baseball men in the organization, that kind of haziness could create clashes and problems down the line, especially with Angelos's unpredictability.

Jeff thanks for the clarification.

Hmmm, I imagine Buck could be fired before his new contract kicks in. Wouldn't that be a first!

jeff- any report, what time this press conference will be monday?

YES!!!!! The best news we've had in years. A top-shelf manager sees this as a challenge he wants to take on.

I hope this is the end of McPhail also. he hasn't bought in one above average player since he's got here. The O's need to trade some pitching for some bats while the young pitchers still have some value. Having Buck might help us in the offseason also.The O's need to start showing they're serious about winning.

Does anyone believe that ANOTHER managerial change will be the answer. 10 managers during the ANGELOS ERROR!
Can't anyone see the problem is the OWNERSHIP? Showalter simply needs a paycheck and he had no better offers. Come on please. Manager of the Baltimore Orioles, working for Peter Angelos, you got to be kidding!!!

It doesn't matter who manages this club. It could be McCarthy, Mack, or Stengel, with an owner who has his head wedged in a place where the sun don't shine, The Orioles will be a disaster. Go for AAA or trade the owner.

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