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Buck Showalter to manage Baltimore Orioles

After plowing through three consecutive rookie managers since the middle of the last decade, the Baltimore Orioles decided to try something different this time, hiring former New York Yankees, Arizona Diamondbacks and Texas Rangers manager Buck Showalter on Thursday. The hiring was not official, but was confirmed by a source familiar with the negotiations; Showalter, who reportedly was signed through 2013, could be introduced at a news conference in Baltimore on Monday, and his first game will be Tuesday.

Showalter, 54, hasn't managed in the big leagues since 2006, but he has a career record of 882-833, two manager of the year awards and a reputation as both a sharp baseball mind and a micro-manager whose attention to detail is perhaps unparalleled.

Those attributes may be much-welcomed in Baltimore, where the Orioles, once one of baseball's flagship franchises, have become an industry joke. The franchise has endured 12 consecutive losing seasons, with No. 13 shaping up as perhaps the worst yet. The Orioles have the majors' worst record and were just 2-11 since the all-star break entering Thursday night's game at Kansas City.

Showalter, who has spent most of the past three years as an analyst for ESPN, had a hand in turning around the fortunes of each of the previous three teams he managed. In New York, for example, the Yankees had gone 14 years without a playoff appearance before he took them to the AL wild card in 1995.

None of the Orioles' last three full-time managers -- Lee Mazzilli (2004-05), Sam Perlozzo (2005-07) and Dave Trembley (2007-10) -- had big-league managing experience when they were hired. In all, Showalter will be the 10th Orioles manager since Peter Angelos bought the franchise in 1993.

By Dave Sheinin  |  July 29, 2010; 2:14 PM ET
Categories:  Orioles  
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ive been waiting on this for months...Tremblay definitely had his hands tied by injuries, an underperforming bullpen, and trying to accomodate up-and-coming stars...but he still looked pretty lost sometimes...

juan sure he's a good guy, but he was clearly not a long-term answer...

Posted by: cotelloer | July 29, 2010 4:06 PM | Report abuse

Buck is who the Nationals should have hired either before Acta or after him. He will turn the O's around and once he has done the job of rebuilding the team they will probably fire him like the Yankees and the Diamondbacks did just to win the world series the next year. Buck has one of the greatest baseball mind around.

Posted by: brothbart | July 29, 2010 4:24 PM | Report abuse

Please, is this timing? Can we now finally get rid of Angelos too?

Posted by: JEBSH | July 29, 2010 5:55 PM | Report abuse

Great hire!

Posted by: lavar609 | July 29, 2010 5:56 PM | Report abuse

Lee Mazilli went 78-84 and 51-56 in his two seasons with Baltimore. Cripes, he looks like Earl Weaver now, compared to his successors...

Posted by: blackjack65 | July 29, 2010 6:11 PM | Report abuse

Great hire. Showalter will turn this team around. They've got a ton of young talent. Mark it down, Os will have better record than Nats next year. And probably a winning record in 2 years.
Nats shoulda hired this guy. Riggleman is really awful. Took Riggleman almost 3/4s of the season to start Michael Morse against RH pitching?? He's still starting Willie Harris. Good for the Balmers, bad for the Nats.

Posted by: skins_fan_22 | July 29, 2010 8:33 PM | Report abuse

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