Report: Buck Showalter not expected to return as Orioles manager
The 2018 Baltimore Orioles are one of the worst teams in baseball history, so it should come as no surprise that they are expected to be in the market for a new manager this winter.
According to Bob Nightengale of USA Today, the Orioles are planning to part ways with Buck Showalter once the season concludes.
Buck Showalter, the former #Rangers manager, also is expected to be dismissed by the Baltimore #Orioles at the season's conclusion. Orioles GM Dan Duquette, who got rave reviews for his deadline deals, is expected to receive extension
— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) September 21, 2018
Showalter has been with the Orioles since 2010 and led the team to the playoffs three times during that span. Baltimore has gotten worse over each of the past three seasons, and Showalter never really stood a chance this year with a roster that has been completely gutted. The team is clearly entering a rebuilding phase, and keeping a 62-year-old manager around for it probably doesn’t make sense for either side.
The Orioles had just 44 wins with 12 games remaining heading into Thursday’s series against the New York Yankees. If you want to know just how bad they have been this season, one scout’s ruthless remark from a while back should give you an idea.