So we’ve all heard the rumors swirling around about Buck Showalter possibly becoming the new general manager of the Baltimore Orioles, perhaps by the end of the week.
Andy MacPhail is clearly not coming back to Birdland, and it has become increasingly obvious that the relationship between Showalter and Peter Angelos has developed in recent months. The consensus is that Buck has Peter’s ear, even if Big Pete is a little hard of hearing these days.
Most of the reaction that I’ve read and heard over the past few weeks regarding Buck as general manager (not that there has been much talk with the Ravens’ season underway) has been lukewarm at best.
Browsing Orioles Hangout tonight, many prominent posters think Buck as GM would be a disaster. After all, he has no experience as the head man in the front office, even if he did play an instrumental part in building the Diamondbacks from expansion team to World Series champions in just four years.
But as an Orioles fan, I’d be excited about Buck Showalter hobbling on his injured ankle up the Camden Yards staircase into the front office. Here’s why…
I’ve had the chance to be around Buck Showalter for over a year now. While I do not cover the team on a regular basis as I did upon his arrival, I have certainly attended my fair share of pre and post game Showalter press conferences. And in addition, I’ve been around Buck in relaxed environments; off the record when he’s just shooting the breeze with the media, not worried about cameras or recorders picking up on his…well, honesty.
And if I’ve learned nothing else about Buck Showalter (and I’ve learned a lot about him and from him), I am sure of one thing.
Buck is a VERY smart and realistic man, and he desperately wants to win and compete for championships.
And here’s something that I didn’t have to learn about Buck Showalter: Buck doesn’t need the Orioles. His reputation is intact as a very good baseball man who has had success everywhere he’s gone. If he ends up not turning the Orioles around, the intelligent baseball people will point to the Orioles, not Buck.
So why would a man that desperately wants to win and who has made plenty of money in his career as a manager stick around a laughing stock of an organization if he felt things were going to remain status quo?