All quiet on coaching front
Orioles manager Buck Showalter is undergoing the first of two knee surgeries today in Texas, meaning that I highly doubt that any final decisions will be made on the coaching staff before tomorrow.
Perhaps, later this week is a more realistic date. As of late yesterday afternoon, Showalter had still yet to talk to any of his coaches since the Oct. 3 season finale.
Showalter continues to say that he wants to have his coaching staff in place sooner rather than later, but there are some "moving chairs" involved so you can't rush the process.
I'm not completely sure what that means, but I assume that Don Wakamatsu and Brian Butterfield, two candidates to join the staff, would want to gauge their chances for the numerous available managerial jobs before agreeing to take coaching positions in Baltimore. I would also assume that one of Showalter's former pitching coaches, Mark Connor, who is currently employed by the Texas Rangers, will want to wait for the Rangers' season to end before agreeing to take a position with another organization.
Again, I'm not saying that any or all of the three are definitive choices to join Showalter here, but it's safe to say that they're all being considered.
It's also safe to say that Showalter has some tough decisions on his hands.