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The Buck stops here (in Baltimore)

Posted by bdowd625 on July 29, 2010

ESPN.com is reporting that Buck Showalter will become the next manager of the Baltimore Orioles. Why anyone would ever want to accept this job is beyond me. Sure, Showalter has been out of baseball for a few years now and I bet the possibility of coaching again makes his mouth water, but Baltimore has got to be one of the most miserable organizations out there. The O’s haven’t fielded a winning team since that little shithead Jeffrey Maier pulled a crucial fly ball into the stands during the playoffs at Yankee Stadium in 1996, and they don’t seem be turning the corner any time soon.

On top of that, owner Peter Angelos is a joke. The fans hate him because he doesn’t outwardly care about winning, and he allegedly denied Cal Ripken, Jr. – one of the most famous Orioles of all time – a job opportunity within the organization earlier this year. Nicely done, Peter, you cranky old bastard. Maybe it’s time to sell the team and bring in an ownership group that is willing to put talent on the field.

I could care less about the Orioles to be perfectly honest, but I know their fans are hurting. They deserve a team that matches the quality of their gorgeous stadium, Camden Yards. But with Angelos in charge and a mediocre product between the lines, I’m guessing it’s only a matter of time before Showalter joins former managers Mike Hargrove, Lee Mazilli, Sam Perlozzo and Dave Trembley on the unemployment line.

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