As of right now, the record for the Baltimore Orioles is 44-81. That means that whenever the Orioles lose their next game, the loss will clinch losing season #13 in a row. Only the Pittsburgh Pirates have a worse losing streak (currently at 18). It’s hard to remain optimistic as far as a winning season next year is concerned. The only hope is that Buck Showalter has a history of taking bad teams and making them good again.
While with the Yankees, Showalter, along with General Manager Gene Michael, shifted the club’s emphasis from high-priced acquisitions to developing talent through the farm system. This new philosophy helped with the development of key players such as outfielder Bernie Williams, shortstop Derek Jeter, catcher Jorge Posada, and pitchers Andy Pettitte and Mariano Rivera. We have seen the results there.
Showalter had to start from scratch, when he took over the Arizona Diamondbacks. During the 2nd year, they won a division title.
And now, Showalter faces his toughest challenge. Sure, a 13th losing season is guaranteed (as I don’t believe the Orioles will go undefeated for the rest of the season). But don’t blame this on Buck. The players, now, are basically auditioning for a spot of the ballclub for next year. And I’m willing to bet that the lineup for the 2011 Orioles will look completely different from this year’s. I’m trying to remain optimistic. But, it’s becoming very hard to think that even Buck can turn this around.