"They had to make some tough decisions and they had to really build from player development and scouting, and there's a whole bunch of trust with their fan base and [the fans] didn't buy into it until this year," Jim Duquette said. "There's a lot of reasons in this sport why it goes in that direction and it takes a while in this sport to get it going in that direction. I think Andy got it started there and … it'll be the next challenge. But it can be done."
There has also been speculation that the Orioles would not hire a strong personality that could conflict with Showalter. Dan Duquette has been known for being a confident, if sometimes abrasive, executive.