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The Orioles continue to not hire Buck Showalter. Is it by design?

Jul 26, 2010, 5:14 PM EDT

Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun reports that, despite some suggestions that Buck Showalter is all but hired as the Orioles manager, the O’s aren’t going to change their skipper any time soon.  At least not through the trade deadline, and possibly longer.  Connolly writes “whether a change will be made in August, September, at the end of the season or at all has not yet been determined.”

For his part, Buck Showalter says he’s fine with the timeline and how it’s all being handled. Which makes me wonder if this delay isn’t being done in conjunction with Showalter’s wishes.

You’ll recall that when Showalter took the Arizona job a couple of years before the Diamondbacks even took the field.  There was a big to-do at the time about how he wanted all that time to prepare and do all of the Buck Showaltery organizational things he’s noted for.  I can’t help but wonder if he has a wink-wink agreement with the O’s in which they’ve told him they’re going to hire him but he doesn’t want to take over in the middle of a lost season.  If that were the case even naming him manager for 2011 right now could work to undermine Juan Samuel as he tries to finish 2010 with a bit of dignity.

This is just speculation on my part, of course, but crazier things have happened.

  1. Tony - Jul 26, 2010 at 5:41 PM

    CC – You give the Orioles too much credit. They have no idea what they’re doing.

  2. ChiSoxFanPurdue - Jul 26, 2010 at 6:37 PM

    Andy MacPhail is smart enough to work it this way. Showalter most likely does not want to start in the middle of this lost season. He wants to start fresh and shape his team in Spring Training. McPhail wants to give Samuel his chance. This can be something for him to show in the future for other jobs. If this is how the Orioles are handling it, kudos to them.

  3. ChiSoxFanPurdue - Jul 26, 2010 at 6:40 PM

    Andy McPhail is a smart executive. He could be doing it just as this article states. Showalter wants to shape his team in spring training and Samuel deserves to show what he can do for other teams or even for a spot on Showalter’s staff.

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