One year later: What do you think of Showalter now?
Today marks the one year of anniversary of Buck Showalter’s introductory news conference as the Orioles’ 19th manager.
The club has played 162 games under him – the equivalent of a full season.
The Orioles’ record during that time?
That .470 winning percentage places him 12th of 19 managers in Orioles’ history, just behind Lee Mazzilli’s .480.
If it were one full season, though, it would be the club’s best record since 2004 and second best in 11 seasons.
So, yeah, the bar is not very high (the Orioles’ bar or this one, for that matter, since this one is fake).
After an incredible 34-23 run at the end of last season, the Orioles are 42-63 in 2011, the worst record in the American League.
The honeymoon with Showalter seems to be over now, with some fans routinely criticizing Showalter’s lineup and bullpen decisions.
My take is that he is the best in-game manager I have covered, and probably the best one since Davey Johnson. He’s also the most prepared and observant person I have been around in this game. The things he notices continually amaze me.
I do believe, however, that at times he has stayed with veterans longer than he should have this year (Vladimir Guerrero should have been out of the cleanup spot by late May). But, to be fair, it’s not like he’s had a whole lot of tempting options to choose from. And that goes for the lineup, rotation and bullpen.
Like previous managers, he has been handcuffed by the lack of talent on the 25-man roster and the lack of depth in the farm system.
He’s had to count on guys who probably shouldn’t be in the majors. And the results back that up. But that’s just my take.
I want your evaluation of the Orioles manager.
Daily Think Special: One year later: What do you think of Showalter now?