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The Baltimore Orioles aren't bringing back manager B
« on: April 04, 2019, 09:53:22 am »

uck Showalter afterthe team experienced one of the worst seasons in the history of Major League Baseball , according to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic.Buck Showalter will not be back with the #Orioles in any capacity, sources tell The Athletic.— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) October 3, 2018Two years after guiding the Orioles to an AL Wild Card berth, Showalter's group finished with a pathetic 47-115 record. It was the worst season in Baltimore's history, and the first time they registered 100-plus losses since 1988.The 2018 season was filled with a ton of embarrassing feats. The Orioles became the first team since the 2003 Detroit Tigers that failed to win a minimum of 50 games. Franchise star Manny Machado - in the final year of his contract - was traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers.advertisingOn top of that, slugger Chris Davis appeared in 128 games and finished with a .168 batting average, the worst in MLB history for qualified hitters. He had a -3.2 WAR, which is almost impossible for any player to register in this era of baseball. Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY SportsShowalter guided the Orioles to a surprise playoff appearance in 2012, when they finished with a 93-69 record. It was their first trip to the playoffs in 15 years Cal Ripken Jersey , but the O's were dispatched by the New York Yankees in five games.Two years later, Showalter led the Orioles to 96 wins and the AL East division crown. The Orioles swept the Detroit Tigers in the ALDS to reach the ALCS, but the Kansas City Royals swept Showalter's group. However, he was named 2014 AL Manager of the Year.advertisingShowalter's tenure in Baltimore ends with a record of 669-684, but keep in mind that he led them to four winning seasons and three playoff appearances. Showalter brought new life into a long-time losing organization, but the Orioles had no choice but to start making changes after a very, very porous season where nothing went right.But given the three AL Manager of the Year awards on his resume, Showalter should earn consideration for other managerial openings. He joins John Gibbons (Toronto), Jeff Banister (Texas) , and Paul Molitor (Minnesota), as 2018 managers who were let go by their respective teams.advertising MILWAUKEE (AP) — Lorenzo Cain fired the ball high into the air and jumped up and down in the outfield, yelling and shaking his head from side to side.“I let them know. Not today,” a grinning Cain said.Not today, indeed.Cain soared above the wall to rob Jose Martinez of a tying home run for the final out, lifting Christian Yelich and the Milwaukee Brewers over the St. Louis Cardinals 5-4 on Thursday.With at least one Cardinals player in the bullpen already raising his arms to celebrate, Cain pulled back the pinch-hit drive by Martinez in right-center. A fired-up Cain and Yelich then started celebrating an opening day that looked a lot like Milwaukee’s run to the NL Championship Series last October.“I think we know our identity as a team, how we win games,” Yelich said. “That seems to be our formula.”Yelich got right back to work after winning the NL MVP award last season Jim Palmer Jersey , putting Milwaukee ahead to stay with a three-run homer off Miles Mikolas in the third. The Miller Park crowd of 45,304 roared as Yelich glided around the bases.Mike Moustakas and pitcher Jhoulys Chacin also connected for the Brewers. Josh Hader retired five in a row before Cain’s play finished off the save.“These kinds of wins make baseball fun,” Moustakas said.Kolten Wong homered twice for St. Louis and Harrison Bader also connected. The Cardinals blew a 3-0 lead in their fifth consecutive loss against the Brewers, including a three-game sweep last September that helped propel Milwaukee to the NL Central title.Paul Goldschmidt went 0 for 3 with three strikeouts and a walk in his first regular-season game for St. Louis since he was acquired in an offseason trade with Arizona. The All-Star slugger had a short conversation with plate umpire Gary Cederstrom after he looked at a called third strike in each of his first two at-bats.“It would have been nice to come back and win,” Goldschmidt said. “It was a great play by Cain there at the end.”Chacin (1-0) struck out seven in 5 1/3 innings in his third opening-day start. He also helped himself with two hits, singling and scoring on Yelich’s drive before hitting a 2-2 pitch from Mikolas into Milwaukee’s bullpen in left-center for his second career homer in the fifth.Mikolas (0-1), a surprise star last season when he went 18-4 in his first year with the Cardinals, allowed five runs and five hits in five innings.“I thought I made some good pitches but they hit my mistakes pretty hard,” he said.Wong’s second homer made it 5-4 in the seventh Mark Trumbo Jersey , but Milwaukee’s depleted bullpen held on. Hader struck out four, fanning Goldschmidt, Paul DeJong and Marcell Ozuna in the eighth and Dexter Fowler in the ninth.Hader was a key figure for the Brewers last year, and he became even more important when key relievers Jeremy Jeffress and Corey Knebel opened this season on the injured list. Jeffress is coming back from a sore right shoulder, but Knebel could be headed for season-ending elbow surgery.“Every guy is going to have to be ready and do what we do in any opportunity that we get,” Hader said.GOING DEEPEach run was scored via the long ball.The Cardinals got off to a fast start, scoring the first three runs on consecutive first-pitch homers by Wong and Bader in the second. Wong connected after Fowler reached on a two-out walk, and Bader hit a deep drive to left.The Brewers got one back when Moustakas went deep with two out in the bottom half of the inning.TRAINER’S ROOMCardinals: 3B Matt Carpenter showed no sign of any trouble after he was bothered by back tightness at the end of spring training. He went 0 for 4 with a strikeout. … LHP Brett Cecil (Carpal Tunnel syndrome) was moved to the 60-day injured list to create a 40-man roster spot for RHP Merandy Gonzalez, who was claimed off waivers from San Francisco and optioned to Double-A Springfield.Brewers: Knebel said he will make a decision on his next course of action on Friday.He could have Tommy John surgery and then return at some point next year Chris Tillman Jersey , or try to rehab the injury.UP NEXTYoung right-handers Jack Flaherty and Freddy Peralta get the ball when the series resumes Friday night. St. Louis is counting on the 23-year-old Flaherty to help anchor the rotation after he went 8-9 with a 3.34 ERA in 28 starts last year. Peralta, who turns 23 in June, won a spot in Milwaukee’s rotation during spring training. He went 6-4 with a 4.25 ERA in 16 appearances last season during his first year in the majors, including 14 starts.