The Baltimore Orioles extended the contracts of manager Buck Showalter and club executive vice president Dan Duquette through 2018. Showalter, in his second full season with the Orioles, and Duquette, in his first, led the Orioles to a 93-win season in 2012 and the team’s first visit to the postseason since 1997.
Showalter had one year left on his contract and Duquette had two years remaining on his deal before signing the extensions.
At a press conference today, Showalter praised Duquette for his personnel moves and Duquette saying that he had more fun with Showalter than any previous manager.
“I’ve never had more fun working with a man or more respect for a manager,” Duquette said. “He is one of the great managers in the game. We are so lucky to have him here in Baltimore.”
Showalter quipped: “You’re shocked Dan called me a fun guy? So am I.”
According to the Baltimore Sun, Duquette said he is still looking for a veteran pitcher to eat innings and provide some stability in the rotation. He admitted that he did not get the middle of the order power bat that he wanted, saying he had “umpteen” opportunities to trade for one but did not want to give up the organization’s coveted young pitchers.
Showalter said the team should be stronger with a healthy year from outfielder Nolan Reimold, Nick Markakis and, possibly, second baseman Brian Roberts, who has played 115 games in the past three years but hopes to be ready for Opening Day.
On May 1, 2012, Showalter became the 58th manager in major league history to win 1,000 games when the Orioles defeated the Yankees. He enters the 2013 season ranked 49th all-time with 1,078 wins and is sixth among active managers.