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Report: Orioles expected to part ways with GM Dan Duquette

The Baltimore Orioles are cleaning house.

According to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic, the Orioles are expected to part ways with general manager and executive VP Dan Duquette, ensuring a clean break in pretty much all aspects of baseball operations.

Duquette joins manager Buck Showalter in being shown the door after a disastrous 47-115 season in Baltimore. It’s been a rapid fall for the Orioles, who made the playoffs three times between 2012 and 2016 but totally collapsed this year.

It’s an obvious next step for the Orioles, who should now embark on a full rebuild. They don’t have much to start with, so the new braintrust will have quite the task ahead of them.

Report: Orioles parting ways with Buck Showalter

Buck Showalter

The Baltimore Orioles are coming off one of the worst seasons for any team in MLB history, so it would have been a pretty big surprise if they decided to keep their manager going forward. As expected, they will not.

Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Orioles are parting ways with Buck Showalter.

Showalter has been with Baltimore since 2010 and led the team to the playoffs three times during that span, but the O’s have gotten worse over each of the past three seasons. He never really stood a chance with a gutted roster this season, and Baltimore finished with just 47 wins.

If you want to know just how bad the Orioles were in 2018, one scout’s ruthless remark from a while back should give you an idea. They are heading for a total rebuild, and it makes sense to start fresh with a new manager.

Orioles have reportedly not made decision about Buck Showalter

Buck Showalter

The Baltimore Orioles have just four games remaining in what will go down as one of the worst seasons in MLB history, and the assumption has been that they will be searching for a new manager this winter. However, that decision has reportedly not yet been made.

According to ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick, the Orioles have not met yet to discuss the futures of manager Buck Showalter and GM Dan Duquette.

The Orioles had won just 46 games heading into Friday, which was 11 less than the next-worst team in baseball, the Kansas City Royals. Showalter has been with Baltimore since 2010 and led the team to the playoffs three times during that span, but the O’s have gotten worse over each of the past three seasons. Showalter never stood a chance with a gutted roster this season, and it would be a surprise if a 62-year-old manager stuck around for a total rebuild.

If you want to know just how bad the Orioles have been this season, one scout’s ruthless remark from a while back should give you an idea. Even in the unlikely event that they’re willing to bring Showalter back in 2019, he might decide he no longer wants the job.

Report: Buck Showalter not expected to return as Orioles manager

Buck Showalter

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.

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.

Chris Davis calls Orioles’ mounting losses ’embarrassing’

Chris Davis

The Baltimore Orioles’ historically bad season has resulted in frustration levels rising among players and fans, and at least one player has outright admitted embarrassment.

Baltimore tied a franchise record on Monday with loss No. 107 on the season (the 1988 Orioles also lost 107 games). With 12 games remaining, a nightmare of a season will soon be over, and the club can begin to focus on how return to winning ways.

Following Monday’s game, first baseman Chris Davis was asked about the 107th loss and said he felt frustration and embarrassment once the club passed the century mark for losses.

“It’s frustrating to say the least,” Davis told MASN Sports. “Once we hit 100, it was kind of like, I don’t know, I honestly didn’t have any words for it. It was embarrassing. It was frustrating. It’s one of those things you never want to be associated with, but at the same time, you’ve got to learn how to turn the page and start somewhere. Why not start now?”

The Orioles got off to an 8-26 start to the season, which put them on pace to lose 124 games. Baltimore won’t reach that number, but the 2018 season will still go down as one to forget around Baltimore.

Orioles set dubious record with latest loss

The nightmare season for Baltimore Orioles now includes a dubious record as a result of their latest loss.

The Orioles are in the midst of a season that will go down as one of the worst in franchise history. Baltimore entered play on Monday an astounding 50 games under .500 and 50.5 games out of first place in the American League East. The Orioles added another one to the loss column by falling to the Toronto Blue Jays 5-3 on Monday.

The loss was the Orioles’ 88th of the season. According to Elias Sports, Baltimore set a record for the earliest playoff contention exit in the Divisional Era.

The Orioles have been on pace for the worst season in club history for some time now, and that was before the team traded away Manny Machado, Zach Britton, Kevin Gausman and Jonathan Schoop.

With Baltimore lacking talent, the losses will continue to pile up. The result will likely be more records the franchise won’t want to highlight in their record book.

Manny Machado hints at dysfunction within Orioles organization

Manny Machado

Manny Machado is no longer a Baltimore Oriole, but that doesn’t mean he doesn’t have some thoughts on the organization that he came into the league with.

In his first thoughts on the team since being dealt to the Los Angeles Dodgers, Machado hinted that there is dysfunction in the organization, with the front office and other higher-ups not always being on the same page.

Some of the dynamics Machado may be hinting at have shown themselves publicly before. It had been reported last summer, for instance, that ownership would not approve a Zach Britton trade unless the haul was huge. No Britton trade was made, and some rumors indicated that ownership did indeed veto a deal with the Houston Astros. In fact, it wasn’t even until this year that ownership was willing to sign off on a Machado deal, even though many observers felt the Orioles, who were never going to contend in 2018, would have been better served dealing him last offseason or even at the 2017 trade deadline.

One has to wonder how much of the front office’s efforts to tweak or rebuild the team have been hindered by politics in the upper reaches of the organization and whether that is what Machado is alluding to here.