In his brief comments to the media following the Orioles’ ALDS Game 5 loss to the Yankees in New York, club managing partner Peter Angelos opened the door to the idea of a contract extension for manager Buck Showalter.
“If they're interested in staying,” Angelos said of Showalter and executive vice president Dan Duquette, “nobody's more interested in keeping him than I am. And certainly I speak for everyone in the organization.”
Showalter’s contract runs through the end of the 2013 season, but speaking with reporters on Saturday, he indicated he was fine with the status of his deal.
“I have a contract for next year,” Showalter said matter of factly. “We’ve got people in our country and in our city, they don’t know what’s going on tomorrow. The organization committed to me long before that had to. They had a great deal of faith in me.
“I’ve fallen in love with this city, he added. “We’ll see what happens. That would be an honor.You take every job with the idea that it’s going to be your last.”
Showalter, who will likely be a frontrunner for AL Manager of the Year along with Oakland’s Bob Melvin, is one win shy of 200 as Orioles manager (including the postseason) since he took over on July 29, 2010. He won the 1994 and 2004 AL Manager of the Year awards with the Yankees and Rangers, respectively.