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Sunday Bird Droppings: Where Buck Showalter was back at Camden Yards

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In O’s news: they fired a few more people, how to take advantage of young players and they came in second on signing Gaston.

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Morning, Birdland!

Buck Showalter just couldn’t stay away. Despite being shown the door by the Orioles earlier this month, the former boss was back at Camden Yards on Saturday, but it was not in a baseball-related capacity. Showalter has been an ambassador for KidsPeace ever since he arrived in town nearly a decade ago. The organization sponsored a 5K run/walk over the weekend where the finish line was inside of Oriole Park. Showalter ignored the awkwardness of returning to his old workplace, and the O’s even featured him in a post on Twitter.

The departures of Showalter and Dan Duquette left a little bad blood. Showalter even admitted (in a link below) that his wife told him to not take part in the 5K. Feelings get hurt. That’s human nature. It was nice to see Buck put that aside for the sake of charity and community.

The decision to not renew Showalter’s contract after this season was quite likely the correct one by the Orioles brass. It’s time for a new face, a new message. Buck always seemed like a stand up guy, and he will go down as one of the better managers in the franchise’s history. He had his flaws, and more about those flaws may come out as Duquette continues to talk, but he clearly cared about the team, the city and the fans. Thanks for being you, Buck!


Orioles let go of five baseball operations staffers with Duquette connections as organization adjustments begin - Baltimore Sun
The biggest name being let go is Norfolk Tides manager Ron Johnson. This doesn’t feel like it should be too surprising. The Orioles are cleaning house, and that includes all of the former regime’s “people.” Offering the next executive a clean slate could be quite attractive, and the team is doing everything that can to position themselves as such.

Rebuilding O’s will need to max out team control for youth - MASN Sports
Melewski states that (with hindsight being 20/20) the Orioles should not have called up Austin Hays in 2017 and started his service clock, effectively losing an option for no reason. Sure, but they will still be able to option him in 2019 and again in 2020. By that point he will be 25 years old, and the organization should have a pretty good idea of what kind of major league player he will be. It would be nice to send a fourth outfielder type up and down at will, but if Hays proves to be the everyday sort of talent he seems to be, they won’t need those options anyway.

Showalter takes sad victory lap around his Orioles home - Baltimore Baseball
Dubroff with the punny headline!

Lingering thoughts on international intentions - MASN Sports
Roch spells out what people have speculated on the Orioles international pursuits. The team has its bonus slot money, but it also has an internal budget and a valuation of prospects that they were unwilling to go over. Honestly, I’m fine with that, as long as Roch is right in saying that those funds will be reallocated elsewhere. It won’t be in major league free agents, but the club had better take a step forward in scouting and development.

Orioles birthdays and history

Is it your birthday? Happy Birthday!

Infielder Corban Joesph is 30 years old today. Caleb’s brother spent most of 2018 with the Double-A Bowie Baysox, but did play in 14 games for the O’s. One of the faces of the 2012 Birds, Nate McLouth, is 37 years old. The outfielder played in 201 games across two seasons in the black and orange. Juan Guzmán, a starting pitcher in Charm City during 1998 and ‘99 is 52. Current Oakland Athletics manager Bob Melvin is 57. Melvin was a catcher for the Orioles from ‘89 through ‘91. Finally, the late Sammy Stewart would have been 69 today. The former right-handed pitcher collected a 3.59 ERA between 1978 and 1985 for the O’s.

There’s apparently no significant historical events in O’s history on this day, according to Baseball Reference. So, here are some important happenings from elsewhere in the world on October 28.

1886 - The Statue of Liberty is dedicated by President Grover Cleveland. New York City’s first ticker tape parade takes place as office workers spontaneously throw the tape onto the streets.

1893 - Pytor Tchaikovsky premiers his Symphony No. 6 in B Minor. The composer would die nine days late.

1956 - Elvis Presley receives a polio vaccination on national television. This is (partly) credited with improving immunization levels in the United States from less than one percent to over 80 percent in six months.