So here we are on October 6th.
The Diamondbacks and Brewers are battling it out in the ALDS as I type.
Teams like the Marlins and Red Sox who are not in the postseason are already making moves directed towards making their teams better in 2012.
And the Orioles? Well, their season has been finished now for over a week, and we have yet to hear a peep from anyone in the organization.
Last Wednesday I sat at Camden Yards and wrote about how Buck Showalter as the Orioles’ new general manager would excite me. Showalter also made it very clear last week that he expected a resolution with regards to an organizational shakeup very quickly. In fact, he indicated last Thursday, September 29th, as the day that we would likely get word.
So let’s get this straight. Everyone in the state of Maryland knew that Andy MacPhail had no desire to remain in the Orioles organization. Buck Showalter indicated an announcement would come on September 29th.
Yet it’s October 6th, and where’s Andy? Where’s Buck? Where’s an official release?
The Orioles have known since their collapse began in late June that they would be sitting at home come September 29th. They’ve had all summer to decide what they were going to do when the offseason came.
Compare that to the Red Sox who were pencilled into the postseason up until the final minutes of the regular season, and it took them all of 48 hours to make a decision regarding Terry Francona.
It is little things like this that cause people to sour on the Orioles and to see them for what they are. No other team would go through a period like this, much less a team that has had the better part of three months to ponder their offseason decisions.
So what is the hold-up? What’s the explanation?
It’s becoming increasingly obvious that Peter Angelos is trying to convince MacPhail to stay. If there was any realistic chance of MacPhail sticking around a week ago, Buck wouldn’t have been so frank about the changes that he saw forthcoming.
Now, a week later, and no changes. No announcements. No nothing.
Other teams are either playing in the postseason or making strides towards next season. At the same time, the Orioles do not know who their general manager or manager will be.
It feels like I’m saying the same thing over and over but it’s becoming so absurd I don’t know what else to even say about the situation.