Baltimore Orioles: Options for replacing Buck Showalter
If Baltimore Orioles’ manager Buck Showalter isn’t brought back in 2019, what type of manager do you want to lead the rebuild?
The 2018 Baltimore Orioles have had a rough year for the players and the fans, and it’s not certain that Buck Showalter will return in 2019. Dan Duquette is fully committed to a rebuild, but it’s not a guarantee that he and Buck Showalter return to the Orioles next year.
It’s surprising that Showalter wasn’t let go at all this season with how poorly the team has played since Opening Day. If and when upper management decide to let go of Buck, what type of manager do you want to see the Orioles to bring in to manage the rebuild process?
Would you like someone who is more about analytics or someone who is old school who might not be willing to change?
A first-year manager would be ideal since it wouldn’t make sense to bring in a veteran manager. Remember when the Orioles hired Mike Hargrove?
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That was a mistake because the Orioles didn’t have enough talent to ultimately become a winner at that time. At least when Buck Showalter came to the Orioles, they had the pieces to become a winner.
A name that should be considered since he’s already in the organization is Ron Johnson. He’s currently managing Triple-A Norfolk, so he’s already familiar with most of the young players and prospects on the roster.
Another name that should be considered is former Oriole shortstop Mike Bordick. It would be nice to see him get out of the broadcast booth and into the dugout to see what he can do at the major league level.
At a certain point you have to give new opportunities to people and move away from the old school managers who don’t like to change styles.
It’s going to be an interesting off-season and I’m excited for every minute of it.