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Buck Showalter may stop managing to replace Andy MacPhail in Orioles front office

Sep 27, 2011, 1:47 PM EDT

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Reports surfaced last month that Andy MacPhail plans to step down as Baltimore’s president of baseball operations after this season is over and Dan Connelly of the Baltimore Sun speculates that manager Buck Showalter may be the Orioles’ choice to replace him.

Showalter previously told Bob Nightengale of USA Today that he’s not interested in being a general manager, but Connelly writes that “it could be his job if he wants it” and “if he’s convinced he can make more of an impact in the front office he’ll take his bad knees and turned ankle and hobble upstairs.”

Connelly writes that serving as manager and president of baseball operations simultaneously is not something Showalter would do, so it likely depends on how much longer the 55-year-old wants to manage. Showalter guided the Orioles to a big second-half turnaround last season, but has gone just 68-92 as the full-time manager this season after also finishing his stint as Rangers manager with back-to-back losing seasons.

  1. Mr. Jason "El Bravo" Heyward - Sep 27, 2011 at 2:04 PM

    Aaron, this one’s for you: http://www.onionsportsnetwork.com/articles/twins-continue-clawing-their-way-down-to-bottom-of,26144/

    sorry it’s unrelated to the O’s, other than that they suck too, just not as bad as the twinkies.

  2. Panda Claus - Sep 27, 2011 at 2:45 PM

    See now the O’s don’t need this sort of distraction when they’re trying to put the lid on the Red Sox’ coffin.

  3. APBA Guy - Sep 27, 2011 at 3:56 PM

    Poor Buck. I wonder how the idea of being closer in the food chain to Angelos could possibly be viewed as a positive.

  4. Detroit Michael - Sep 27, 2011 at 4:15 PM

    Who is the last guy to go from manager to GM? Whitey Herzog? It doesn’t happen often any longer.

  5. jimbo1949 - Sep 27, 2011 at 4:52 PM

    Buck going head to head against: Theo, Brian, AA, and Friedman? Why it’d give him a chance to back up the spoutin’ off he did back in the spring…… or not

    http://www.mensjournal.com/is-this-man-too-smart-for-baseball

  6. pipkin42 - Sep 28, 2011 at 1:49 AM

    This would be yet another uninspired move by the Orioles, but, whatever.

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