Orioles: Let the offseason begin
Okay, I know the Orioles offseason began yesterday, but I was on a plane back from Providence and I was so happy that it wasn't struck by lightning and nobody smashed my fingers in a luggage bin that I took the rest of the day off.
Also, it just won't feel like the offseason until the AL Central race is decided later tonight.
So, where do we go from here. The Orioles already have made their managerial decision, so all that's left for October are a possible coaching change or two. There has been some speculation that Dave Jauss will be replaced as the bench coach, but I doubt anything will happen until Andy MacPhail gets back from vacation next week.
I'm sure there are some people here who think that Juan Samuel should be on the chopping block, too, but I don't see him leaving unless he's offered something better elsewhere. He could, however, end up moving onto the bench beside manager Dave Trembley and being replaced at third base by a new face on the coaching staff. Just a hunch.
The Orioles had some interesting adventures on the bases which put Samuel in a negative spotlight this year, but my sense is that he's well-respected inside the organization because he's a no-nonsense guy who isn't afraid to tell it like it is in the clubhouse or during a coaches meeting.