It’s been no secret that Buck Showalter wants to get back into baseball. Perhaps surprisingly, he’s looking at opportunities beyond managing, at least according to one report.
Pittsburgh-based report Dejan Kovacevic reported Monday that Showalter is interested in the vacant Pittsburgh Pirates general manager position, though it is unclear if that interest is mutual.
Buck Showalter is interested in the GM job, I’m informed. And yes, that’s GM, not manager. My own candidates of choice: Marc DelPiano and Tony LaCava. Get ready for the barrage of names. Those are mine to get started. #DKPS #Pirates
— Dejan Kovacevic (@Dejan_Kovacevic) October 28, 2019
Showalter has many years of experience in the game, but he’s never run a team before. He’d also likely be tied to a tight budget, as Pirates owner Bob Nutting has been hesitant to spend on players during his tenure.
The former Baltimore Orioles manager openly campaigned for a few roles this offseason, but thus far, he’s been unsuccessful. It seems he’s casting his eyes elsewhere instead.
The Philadelphia Phillies announced on Thursday that they have fired manager Gabe Kapler after his two seasons with the team, and they may be searching for an experienced replacement.
Buck Showalter and Mike Scioscia are two candidates to watch for the Phillies job, Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports. Joe Maddon would also likely have some interest if things didn’t work out for him with the Los Angeles Angels, but it sounds like Maddon already has a handshake agreement in place.
Joe Maddon’s top choice is to manage the #Angels, followed by the #Dodgers, but the #Phillies certainly pique his interest. Buck Showalter, who already has an interview scheduled with #Angels, also strong candidate along with Mike Scioscia
— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) October 10, 2019
The Phillies made a series of huge moves last offseason, the most noteworthy of which was signing Bryce Harper to a 13-year, $330 million contract. They then struggled for the majority of the year and finished with a .500 record, and the belief all along is that Kapler would not keep his job unless there were immediate results.
Showalter has already admitted that he would like to be considered for another managerial vacancy, and he would almost certainly be interested in the Phillies job as well. The 63-year-old last managed with the Baltimore Orioles from 2010-2018.
Scioscia stepped down last year after 19 seasons with the Angels and took the 2019 season off. He could also have multiple opportunities now that the Phillies job has opened up.
The San Diego Padres are looking for a new manager and franchise player Manny Machado would like one of his old associates to receive consideration.
ESPN’s Buster Olney reported on Tuesday that Machado has made it known that he would like the Padres to at least take a look at Buck Showalter, his former manager with the Baltimore Orioles.
The 63-year-old Showalter managed the Orioles from 2010 to 2018, coinciding with Machado’s first seven career seasons. Over that span, Showalter led Baltimore to three playoff appearances and one AL East division title but had a losing record with the team overall (669-684).
San Diego has another well-known former manager in mind as well, but considering that Machado signed a ten-year, $300 million contract with the team earlier this year, he probably has a lot of pull in whom the team ultimately hires.
The New York Mets may be looking to hire someone with previous managerial experience after they fired Mickey Callaway this week, and Buck Showalter is one candidate who has plenty of that. If the Mets have interest in him, Showalter has made it clear it would be mutual.
In an appearance on Steve Somers’ show on WFAN Thursday night, Showalter said he is not comfortable openly campaigning for any job but admitted he would like to be considered for the Mets’ vacancy.
“Yeah, I’d like to be talked about it, but I’m not going to campaign about it, and I’m real uncomfortable even talking about it with you now because there’s a lot of good people out there and they’re going to make a good decision,” Showalter said. “They’ll have reasons why and why not, and, you know, I respect that.”
Showalter is 63 and a three-time AL Manager of the Year. He last managed the Baltimore Orioles from 2010-2018 and was with the Texas Rangers, Arizona Diamondbacks and New York Yankees prior to that. The Mets are likely looking for a manager who will embrace analytics, and there are always questions about whether older managers are willing to do that. While he didn’t speak directly about that, Showalter said he has always been willing to work with executives and front office staffers on baseball decisions.
“I welcome that,” Showalter said. “I’d like to think that we have good reasons for the things that we do. And the best organizations are the ones that are able to bridge all the departments into pulling on the same rope.”
If the Mets go with an older, big-name manager like Showalter, he would almost certainly be lower on their wish list than Joe Maddon and Joe Girardi. There’s also been talk that they could interview one prominent former player for the position.
Showalter’s time with the Orioles ended with just three playoff appearances in eight-plus seasons, but he was not given a whole lot to work with. Not wanting to spend to build a roster should not be an issue with the Mets, so perhaps he would have more success in a situation like that.
The Orioles decided to part ways with manager Buck Showalter following one of the worst seasons for any team in MLB history, but the three-time AL Manager of the Year wants to make it clear he has nothing but love for the organization and the city of Baltimore.
In a heartfelt letter he wrote via BaltimoreBaseball.com, Showalter reflected on his eight-plus years with the Orioles and tried to put into words how much calling Baltimore home has meant to him. He did a very good job of that.
“You know you’re talking about something that’s very important to people and you’ve got to take very seriously,” Showalter said of baseball in Baltimore. “I think the fans felt like I and we were as serious about the Orioles as they were. It’s not just someplace you’re passing through.”
Showalter described the things he is going to miss most about managing the O’s, one of which is the feeling of knowing his team sent fans home with something to be happy about on days the Orioles played well.
“Those are things you’re going to miss. You’re going to miss a good weather day game when we played well, we played crisp, get into the car and drive at about 5 mph down Pratt Street looking at all the people in black and orange and realizing that you may have been a part of making a good memory for somebody and their family,” he wrote.
As someone who has more than 1,500 wins as an MLB manager, Showalter surely didn’t want his tenure in Baltimore to end the way it did. You need look no further than the ruthless remark of one scout to know how bad the Orioles were in 2018, but Showalter stood no chance with a stripped-down roster and franchise that was committed to rebuilding. His letter came across as incredibly sincere, and it’s worth reading for fans in Baltimore.
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.
Buck Showalter will not be back with the #Orioles in any capacity, sources tell The Athletic.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) October 3, 2018
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.
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 haven't talked to Dan Duquette or Buck Showalter about their futures and haven't made a decision on the status of either, sources say. And there's no indication precisely when the Angelos brothers plan to sit down with their GM and manager and make the call.
— Jerry Crasnick (@jcrasnick) September 28, 2018
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.