The waiting game
The 2011 season now in the books, all the attention turns to the Orioles’ front office and where things go from here. Orioles manager Buck Showalter said yesterday that today would be a busy day in terms of meeting with owner Peter Angelos and president of baseball operations Andy MacPhail to decide where the organization goes from here.
While the sense is the Orioles would rather make an announcement sooner than later, keep in mind MacPhail –who is expected to leave his post — has a contract through October 31. There’s no rush for things to be finalized and announced today, and I don’t expect them to be.
Showalter has plans to fly to Texas for Saturday’s TCU-SMU football game with his kids, and he is tentatively planning on a trip to Sarasota for instructional league on Monday. Will things be resolved by then? No. But I do expect the Orioles front office picture to be a little clearer by then. If I’m wagering when the announcement on MacPhail’s future comes down –and the belief is it’s just going to be a statement — I”m going with Friday. I also believe, and this is just a guess, that will be the only news on Friday with Showalter still very much on the fence regarding his future.
He wasn’t ready to be the GM in Texas. Is he ready now? Does he want to be? It’s something I imagine he would at least need this weekend to discuss, and –with any hope — by this time next week we’ll know what position the Orioles need to fill.