It might not mark the end of the Andy MacPhail era in Baltimore, but Buck Showalter’s hiring and arrival in Baltimore has ended the “complete control” portion of MacPhail’s tenure with the Orioles.
A source associated with the Orioles tells WNST.net that Showalter will have “substantial control” of in-season player personnel matters, although MacPhail will still be the person in charge of securing free agents and roster additions via trades and waiver claims.
“In the past, Andy pretty much dictated who came up, who went down, who played and who didn’t,” says the source. “Andy didn’t fill out the lineup card, but he definitely said to Trembley and Samuel, ‘I’m bringing Tillman up and he needs to start every 5th day’ and the manager had to comply. That won’t be the case with Buck. He’ll have substantial control of the playing roster throughout the season. He’ll be able to say to Andy, “I don’t want this guy on the 25-man roster, get me someone else that can help’ and Andy will need to work some magic.”