Dempsey 'very, very disappointed,' but supports Showalter
We'll have more on this online tonight, but Rick Dempsey talked to us about not getting the Orioles' managerial job, which went to Buck Showalter.
It's the fourth time Dempsey has interviewed for the post, which the former Oriole catcher and current MASN broadcaster considers his dream job.
Here's some of what he said:
“I’m very, very disappointed, to tell you the truth,” said Dempsey, the longtime Orioles coach and player who was the 1983 World Series MVP. “I don’t begrudge Buck getting the opportunity. He is going to be a hell of a manager. He has been a hell of a manager. But I will always feel I know more about this ballclub than anybody else.”
Based on his knowledge of the club and his success as a minor league manager, Dempsey said, he believes he should have gotten a chance to lead this team by now.
“I think it is probably the biggest mistake made here in a long time, and I’m not talking just today, I mean over the years,” Dempsey said. “Not being given an opportunity to manage this ballclub. Every organization in baseball would like to have someone who has won, who has played in the World Series for the organization, who has learned to manage from A ball up and come back here. I think with the relationship I have had with the fans and this city, I should have been a slam-dunk years ago. Someone dropped the ball a long time ago.”
That said, Dempsey said he is supportive of Showalter, who has managed 11 seasons in the big leagues and won two American League Manager of the Year awards. He said he feels much better about this choice than he has the other three times he has lost out -- to Mike Hargrove, Lee Mazzilli and Sam Perlozzo.
“The fact that Buck got the job is a good thing,” Dempsey said. “Of all of the managers I have gone up against in the interviewing process, he is probably the highest-qualified of all of them. No doubt in my mind he can turn this around, but he still doesn’t know what I know about this ballclub. But I am at least happy to lose out to someone so qualified for the job.”