Showalter, MacPhail to meet with Angelos; all coaches have been contacted
Orioles manager Buck Showalter and president of baseball operations Andy MacPhail will meet Thursday with team owner Peter Angelos to review the 2010 season as well as to continue discussions about the team’s offseason plans.
MacPhail and Angelos traditionally meet in October to discuss the completed season and different options to upgrade the roster. However, this is the first time in several years that the manager will be present, which further strengthens the idea that Showalter will have a major say in the team’s multitude of offseason decisions.
Asked about Showalter’s offseason role, MacPhail said late last month: “Buck will have a lot of say. I always think it’s important for a manager to be involved in the player personnel decisions. Why on earth would you want to make a move where your manager isn’t supportive of it right from the beginning? I think Buck, by virtue of his past, what he’s done, and by the nature of the force of his personality, will probably be more involved than our previous managers, and that’s fine by us.”
I don’t expect any revelations to come out of Thursday’s meeting, and I’m nearly certain that the three parties involved won’t be sharing the particulars. Angelos and MacPhail have these sitdowns a couple of times a year, though Showalter’s presence adds a little more interest to this one.
Speaking of Showalter, he has now called every member of his coaching staff to inform them of where they stand and to encourage them to pursue other opportunities if they become available. Again, that doesn’t mean that none of the coaches will return. Final decisions on that matter have not been made, and everybody is still under consideration for the Orioles’ 2011 staff. I suspect that we are still a ways away from Showalter’s staff being finalized.
However, Showalter doesn’t want to leave these guys hanging while jobs elsewhere are getting filled. There are six teams that haven’t hired a manager, so there remain a ton of quality coaches who don’t know where they’ll be come spring training.
It wouldn’t surprise me if several of the Orioles’ coaches interview elsewhere while they await word of their future in Baltimore. Bench coach Jeff Datz could reunite with his former Cleveland Indians boss, Eric Wedge, in Seattle, for one.
Either way, I still suspect next year’s Orioles’ coaching staff to be significantly different than the one Showalter inherited. I felt that way a couple of months ago, and nothing I’ve heard has changed that.
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