Orioles, Showalter Expected To Discuss Extension

Not only have the Orioles officially ended their streak of 14 consecutive losing seasons, they retain a share of the AL East lead with an 81-62 record. Manager Buck Showalter is under contract for 2013, but the Orioles could look to sign him to an extension that covers additional seasons, Roch Kubatko of MASNsports.com reports. 

The Orioles want Showalter to stay and though there’s no timetable for extension talks, they could take place over the winter or during the 2013 season. Neither side has broached the subject of an extension so far, Kubatko reports. However, Showalter has no interest in discussing an extension with just 19 games remaining in the regular season. A high-ranking Orioles official told Kubatko Showalter has done enough to earn an extension when the time comes to discuss one. 

"We don't want him to leave,” the person said. “We want him to stay and he's going to stay. He's a special guy."

Showalter joined the Orioles toward the end of the 2010 season and led the team to a 69-93 record last year. His contract runs through 2013.


18 Responses to Orioles, Showalter Expected To Discuss Extension Leave a Reply

  1. The biggest no-brainer in sports.

    • Karkat 3 years ago

      Actually, the Red Sox have the biggest no-brainer in sports. He manages the team.

    • Davey Johnson would beg to differ; he was fired after losing to the Yankees in the 1997 ALCS. Until this season, the Orioles had been wretched from then until now.

      • Meh Sheep 3 years ago

        Too bad for the Yankees they lost to Cleveland in the ALDS in 1997, Then Cleveland beat the Orioles in the ALCS.

  2. BradyAndersonsSideburns 3 years ago

    the only reason this has to be posted is because a certain someone fired Davey Johnson after a season where the team went wire-to-wire

  3. YanksFanSince78 3 years ago

    I’m still amazed that this team is where they are.

    • Hopefully, Peter Angelos realizes that Showalter has done a lot here, having this team overachieve the way it is with the effort he is demanding from his team, not unlike Joe Maddon in Tampa Bay (where they figure to have another winning season but no playoffs) or Bob Melvin in Oakland or even Kirk Gibson in Arizona. On paper, the Orioles should be nowhere near this good.

      At the same time, you can’t say you were fully surprised; the Orioles last year were 11 games above .500 (34-23) with Showalter at the helm, being 41 games below (32-73) and well on pace for 100 losses when Juan Samuel was fired.

      • Meh Sheep 3 years ago

        Showalter was hired in June of 2010. He was the manager for the full season last year.

      • Juan Samuel was not “fired” in a strict sense … he was the interim manager after Dave Trembley was fired.

        • mstrchef 3 years ago

          But he was the interim manager for 51 games, then didn’t finish the season. If are the interim anything for two months and don’t get to finish the job, then you got fired.

        • Samuel was given an extension the same day as that 30-3 blowout loss.

  4. danistheguy 3 years ago

    #BUCKle up!

  5. Let_My_Cameron_Go 3 years ago

    The Buck doesn’t stop here…

  6. Rabbitov 3 years ago

    “I did go down there and I did talk with the owner (Angelos) and the general manager (MacPhail) and they have a whole lot of problems and they seem like they’re really putting their heads together to try to solve them somehow, some way, [but I’m] not sure how.”
    “It’s a big challenge. I like big challenges, but I like to have some reward too, and the reward is in the standings and their standings don’t look like they’re going to turn around very quickly.” – Bobby Valentine when interviewing for the vacant O’s managerial position.

  7. Yes. Do it. Now. Please.

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