Still waiting for clarity
Everybody is still waiting for both shoes to drop in the Orioles front office, where the respective status of president of baseball operations Andy MacPhail and manager Buck Showalter remain both intertwined and apparently undecided.
There was reason to believe that the decision on MacPhail would come down last Thursday, following an afternoon summit with owner Peter Angelos, but there obviously remains enough up in the air for MacPhail to withhold any announcement about his future.
Of course, MacPhail's status must be determined before there is any serious consideration of a change in role for manager Buck Showalter, who is spending several days in Florida looking at some of the club's promising minor league prospects taking part in the instructional league.
Until there is a detemination on both fronts, it's hard to do more than speculate about the eventual composition and hierarchy in the Warehouse. MacPhail had given every indication that he would not remain after his contract expires at the end of this month, but the fact that he and the club have not made a quick announcement clearly indicates that Angelos wants him to stay connected to the club in some capacity. If he does, then it seems more likely that Showalter will remain in the dugout.
There could be an announcement at any time, but since it was expected before now, there's no way to predict exactly when it will come.