Your no-frills front office update
First, my apologies for not blogging much over the last few days. Although, to be fair, there hasn’t been much (OK, anything) to write about.
Here’s what I know as of this moment: President of baseball operations Andy MacPhail has not made a decision regarding his future and there is no timetable in doing so. His current contract runs through Oct. 31, and while there was initially a lot of speculation in the media (including by yours truly) that MacPhail would not return, it’s a scenario that’s not completely out of the question.
So, given that we don’t know what route MacPhail will choose, it’s impossible to say what will happen in terms of manager Buck Showalter’s role next season. For now, Showalter is in Florida for the Orioles instructional league. He’s expected to be there until the end of the week when he will fly back up to Baltimore for more meetings.
I know everyone wants answers. But right now it’s not panic mode in the organization. It’s my understanding things are proceeding like a regular offseason this time of year and MacPhail is still serving in his current role.
MacPhail is notoriously close to the vest and outside of owner Peter Angelos, I don’t think anyone knows right now which way this thing is going. Stayed tuned. I’ll keep you updated as best as I can.