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Orioles give Showalter, Duquette extensions through 2018

Jan 16, 2013, 6:11 PM EDT

Buck Showalter, Dan Duquette AP

Still basking in the afterglow from their surprising 2012 run, the Orioles have locked manager Buck Showalter and executive VP of baseball operations Dan Duquette through 2018.

While Showalter’s extension has been rumored for weeks, the length is surprising. The new deal adds five years to a contract that had been set to expire after 2013. Showalter is 196-185 since taking over as Baltimore’s manager on Aug. 2, 2010.

Duquette was the Orioles’ surprising GM hire last winter after several candidates turned down the chance to interview or pulled out of the process afterwards. Back in the league after 10 years away, he picked up such players as Wei-Yin Chen and Jason Hammel to aid the Orioles’ resurgence.

The new commitments figures to ensure that both Showalter and Duquette keep their jobs through any 2013 turmoil, should it occur. It doesn’t seem at all likely that both members of the pair will still be on the job five years from now, but the Orioles are definitely trying to emphasize continuity. And it has to be an especially nice reward for Duquette, who wasn’t chased after by anyone at the end of his Red Sox tenure. He was almost surely one of the game’s lowest-paid GMs after signing on with the Orioles last year, but the new deal will probably move him closer to the middle of the pack.

  1. chill1184 - Jan 16, 2013 at 6:14 PM

    Smart move by the Orioles

  2. uyf1950 - Jan 16, 2013 at 6:22 PM

    If history tells us anything it’s that Showalter won’t be Managing the Orioles for the duration of that contract. Showalter tends to wear out his welcome with team management/ownership after about 4 years. And he’s already been with the Orioles a little over 2 years.

    • husky2score - Jan 16, 2013 at 6:24 PM


      • uyf1950 - Jan 16, 2013 at 6:30 PM

        Apparently you are not familiar with Showalter’s history with his 3 previous teams (Yankees, Diamondbacks and Rangers).

      • husky2score - Jan 16, 2013 at 7:05 PM

        No, I knew about it, I just don’t want to be a pessimist. I’m staying positive.

    • slappymcknucklepunch - Jan 16, 2013 at 7:13 PM


      If history tells us anything,it will be that the Orioles will win the world series the year after he is fired.

      • uyf1950 - Jan 16, 2013 at 7:39 PM

        Check your history they only have a 33.333% chance of that happening and only if the Orioles hire Bob Brenly to replace him.

      • husky2score - Jan 16, 2013 at 7:52 PM

        I’m pretty sure the O’s had a small percentage of making the playoffs last year, right? Well, that was wrong.

        History can’t predict the future, but it can show the past.

      • uyf1950 - Jan 16, 2013 at 8:00 PM

        husky2score, I’m sure you’ve heard the saying “Those who ignore history are doomed to repeat it”. Or some reasonable facsimile of it. Have a good day.

      • meteor32 - Jan 16, 2013 at 8:36 PM

        @uyf1950, you might want to check your own history and double that percentage. Joe Torre and the 1996 Yankees also won the series the year after Showalter was fired.

      • husky2score - Jan 16, 2013 at 8:46 PM

        I’m not ignoring history. I use history to say what happened in the past, not the future. Also, I don’t really pay attention to those cliche sayings n’ all, especially one like that.

    • Cereal - Jan 17, 2013 at 8:05 AM

      Buck is not the same guy he was with NY & Texas. He’s definitely cooled out a bit

    • Cereal - Jan 17, 2013 at 8:07 AM

      Buck is not the same guy he was with NY, AZ & Texas. He’s definitely cooled out a bit

  3. DJ MC - Jan 16, 2013 at 6:23 PM

    Five years, wow. I think most fans expected a three-year deal, especially with Showalter’s reputation for wearing out his welcome.

    This does show a lot of trust in both Showalter and Duquette, and at least in the former’s case his record in 2.5 years validates that trust.

    I hope that both are still in Baltimore in half a decade, because that will likely mean good things for the franchise over that span.

    • husky2score - Jan 16, 2013 at 6:24 PM


    • husky2score - Jan 16, 2013 at 6:25 PM

      Nevermind, didn’t ready your whole comment.

      • husky2score - Jan 16, 2013 at 7:04 PM

        *read. Auto correct strikes again

      • DJ MC - Jan 16, 2013 at 7:18 PM

        While I appreciate the retraction, it seems to me that someone whose response to statements that disagree with their own is to simply post “troll” should spend a bit more time glancing in the general direction of some particularly reflective surfaces.

        He did wear out his welcome with three different organizations, two of which went on to win the World Series the following season. While I feel most of that is coincidence involving very good teams, it is still the truth, and needs more than a one-word insult as a parry.

      • husky2score - Jan 16, 2013 at 7:35 PM

        I’ll repeat what I said in the last thread which is, I am staying positive and don’t want to be a pessimist. Hey man listen, when your team is coming off a relevant and great year after a 14 year losing drought, you have to enjoy the moment and soak in every second of it.

        I trust Buck and for the first time in a while trust the Orioles’ front office. Its kinda hard to not be an optimistic fan right now.

  4. Ralph - Jan 16, 2013 at 7:14 PM

    Looks like the O’s will be winning the World Series in 2019.

  5. Detroit Michael - Jan 16, 2013 at 8:54 PM

    The extension to Dan Duquette seems especially short-sighted to me. There was no competition for hiring him a year ago, so is an extension this long necessary? On the other hand, did he prove so much in the last year that one can be confident that he’s the right guy for the job for each of the next five years?

    Poor decision.

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