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Wednesday’s Bird Droppings: Where the Orioles don’t seem to be making progress on hiring a manager or GM

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Morning, Birdland!

Is the lack of chatter surrounding the Orioles vacant manager and executive roles concerning anyone else? As soon as it was announced that Buck Showalter and Dan Duquette were not being retained beyond 2018, every publication put out a list of potential successors. Since then: crickets.

There have been no rumored meetings, no handshake deals, no word on what the future holds for this team. For a club that was booted out of the playoff discussion about a month into the season, this is a tad concerning. It’s not possible that they didn’t develop some sort of plan, right?

The optimistic part of my brain tells me that this is a discussion being held between the tight-lipped members of the organization. Hiring a manager and GM-type is a big deal. They need to get these moves right. Talking to the press about it would do little to further the process. Maybe they want someone from a playoff team. It would be poor form to announce a move while the target’s current team is competing, I say.

But even that is something we would have heard rumbles about. No one is perfect. People talk to their friends and family. Something would have slipped through the cracks. Heck, a fan would have seen a potential candidate at BWI. Instead, we have silence.


Would the Orioles consider Gary Kendall as manager? - Baltimore Baseball
For me, the O’s need to go completely outside of the organization to find their new manager. Get a fresh perspective. That said, a current minor league manager is not a bad idea. They know how to handle young players, which this team is almost guaranteed to have for a few years.

Five questions swirling around the Orioles - The Athletic
What sort of hair product does Brady Anderson use? This is not one of the question posed in this piece, but I’m still interested.

The Warehouse Podcast Episode 27: The End of the Road - Eutaw Street Report
Need a podcast in these dark times? Well, I have one! We are now over at Eutaw Street Report, but you can also subscribe on your favorite podcast app. This week we talk possible managers and GMs, and Marcus sings Boyz II Men.

Orioles won’t leave their tender moments alone - MASN Sports
As is the case every offseason, the O’s have a handful of players that they can either offer contracts for 2019 or non-tender them and allow them to become free agents. Dylan Bundy, Mychal Givens and Jonathan Villar will be given deals. But some other well-know names, like Joey Rickard, Caleb Joseph and Tim Beckham may have played their last game in the black and orange.

Orioles birthdays and history

Is it your birthday? Happy Birthday!

You have just one Birdland birthday buddy. The late Gordie Sundin (b. 1937, d. 2016) appeared in one game as a right-handed pitcher for the 1956 Orioles.

1979 - The Orioles defeat the Pirates 5-4 in Game 1 of the World Series after scoring all five runs off of Bruce Kison in the first inning.

1996 - The O’s even up the ALCS at one game apiece after beating the Yankees 5-3.

2012 - Raul Ibanez comes off of the bench for Joe Girardi to pinch hit for Alex Rodriguez. Ibanez hits a game-tying home run off of Jim Johnson in the ninth inning to send game three of the ALDS to extras. Ibanez then gives the Yankees a walk-off 3-2 win with another home run in the 12th inning off of Brian Matusz.

2014 - Darren O’Day gives up two home runs in the top of the 10th inning and the Orioles lost 8-6 to the Royals in game one of the ALCS.