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Showalter, Baker: Two experienced managers in area

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Showalter, Baker: Two experienced managers in area

What’s the best way to become a major league manager? Have experience managing in the major leagues, of course.

The Nationals hired the most experienced available manager in all of big league baseball, 66-year-old Dusty Baker.

Baker will be managing his fourth big league team. He also managed the Giants, Cubs and Reds.

On four occasions this season, he’ll be managing against another four-time manager, Buck Showalter, who also managed the Yankees, Diamondbacks and Rangers.

Baker and Showalter rank second and fourth in wins among active managers.

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No fewer than 16 of the 29 big league managers (the Dodgers haven’t filled their job) had managed previously.

Besides Baker and Showalter, no one else has managed more than three teams.

New York Mets’ manager Terry Collins, who is three weeks older than Baker, is the oldest skipper in the big leagues. Collins managed both the Astros and Angels, but didn’t manage for 11 years before the Mets hired him.

Terry Francona, who managed Boston to two World Series win and also managed Philadelphia, is making his third stop, in Cleveland.

Bob Melvin is on his third team, too. Currently managing Oakland, he has also managed Seattle and Arizona.

The other third-time manager gets an asterisk. Pete Mackanin, who starts a season as a big league manager for the first time in 2016 with Philadelphia, had no fewer than three interim jobs. Mackanin filled in for the Pirates in 2005, the Reds in 2007 and the Phillies last year.
In Cincinnati, he was succeeded by Baker.

Ten other men have managed one other big league club before their current one. Some of them are arguably the most accomplished of all managers. They include Bruce Bochy (Giants), John Farrell (Red Sox), Joe Girardi (Yankees) and Ned Yost (Royals), who’ve combined for six World Series titles.

The only current manager who won a World Series in his first job is Mike Scioscia. The Angels’ skipper has the longest tenure in the majors (16 years). He won a World Series in 2002 when he beat Baker’s Giants.

John Gibbons is the only manager to have two runs with the same team. Gibbons, whose Toronto Blue Jays won the AL East, managed in Toronto from 2004-08 before he replaced Farrell in 2013.

As for the Dodgers who let Don Mattingly walk away, they’re reportedly interviewing about 10 candidates. One of them will be Bud Black, who couldn’t come to terms with the Nationals. He managed in San Diego.

Another strong candidate was Black’s bench coach with the Padres, Dave Roberts. Roberts, technically speaking, is an experienced big league manager. He replaced Black when he was fired and managed one game, which he lost, before San Diego promoted Triple-A manager Pat Murphy to finish the season.

Murphy was fired, too.






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Orioles agree to one-year deal with pitcher Chris Tillman, according to reports

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Orioles agree to one-year deal with pitcher Chris Tillman, according to reports

SARASOTA, Fla. -- A person familiar with the negotiations says pitcher Chris Tillman and the Baltimore Orioles have agreed to a $3 million, one-year contract.

The deal includes performance bonuses, the person told The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Monday because the deal had not yet been announced.

Tillman was 1-7 with a 7.84 ERA in 19 starts and five relief appearances last year. He would be the second starter added by the Orioles in the past week after right-hander Andrew Cashner.

Tillman likely would join right-handers Dylan Bundy, Kevin Gausman and Cashner in the rotation.

The 29-year-old right-hander lives in Sarasota and had been working out at the Orioles' facility before spring training. Manager Buck Showalter watched Tillman throw and was impressed.

Tillman began last season on the disabled list with right shoulder stiffness.

"Better than he did last year at this time. I think he's got the chance to pitch well for somebody this year," Showalter said. "A lot of the challenges he had last year -- this time last year -- aren't there. Somebody's going to reap the benefits."

Tillman's is 73-55 with a 4.43 ERA in nine major league seasons, all with the Orioles. He won 16 games in both 2013 and 2016.

"He's a guy when he's healthy you can bank on him giving you 200 innings and keeping his ERA between a 3 and a 4," Gausman said. "That in the AL East is always going to be very valuable."

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Orioles Spring Training Schedule 2018

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Orioles Spring Training Schedule 2018

Live baseball is close to gracing our television screens again. The Orioles haven't had the most active offseason, to put it mildly. Fans are still wondering who will make up more than half the spots in this year's rotation, and Manny Machado's upcoming free agency is looming over every decision the organization makes.

Still, it's exciting to be able to follow the team again. Not every game is televised, so get ready to constantly refresh your favorite beat writer's Twitter account for all your updates.

Even without getting to watch the games, it'll be comforting to once again check box scores in the morning to see if Jonathan Schoop is building on his breakout season, or if top-prospect Austin Hays is all he's cracked up to be (spoiler: he is).

This year's spring training will be especially interesting, considering how many big-name players will be signing in the next few weeks. The O's haven't yet made a big splash this offseason, but with the sheer volume of capable players still on the market, you have to wonder if they'll try to sign some impact players at bargain values.

Typically, the excitement of adding a new piece to the lineup or rotation has to be reignited after a long winter off, but this season, those additions will be taking place while camp is already underway.

It's going to be a hectic few weeks as teams prepare for thier seasons, so bookmark this page to check on on the Orioles spring training schedule over the next few weeks as the team finally takes the field in 2018.

Orioles 2018 Spring Training Schedule

Friday, Feb. 23 (SS) - Rays at Orioles, 1:05 pm (MASN)
Saturday, Feb. 24 (SS) - Orioles at Phillies, 1:05 pm
Saturday, Feb. 24 (SS) - Twins at Orioles, 6:05 pm
Sunday, Feb. 25 - Orioles at Red Sox, 1:05 pm 
Monday, Feb. 26 - Tigers at Orioles, 1:05 pm
Tuesday, Feb. 27 - Orioles at Rays, 1:05 pm
Wednesday, Feb. 28 - Cardinals at Orioles, 1:05 pm (MLBN) (MASN)
Thursday, Mar. 1 - Orioles at Rays, 1:05 pm
Friday, Mar. 2 - Pirates at Orioles, 1:05 pm
Saturday, Mar. 3 (SS) - Orioles at Phillies, 1:05 pm
Sunday, Mar. 4 - Red Sox at Orioles, 1:05 pm (MASN)
Tuesday, Mar. 6 - Orioles at Twins, 1:05 pm 
Wednesday, Mar. 7 - Orioles at Rays, 1:05 pm
Thursday, Mar. 8 - Blue Jays at Orioles, 1:05 pm
Friday, Mar. 9 - Orioles at Blue Jays, 1:07 pm
Saturday, Mar. 10 (SS) - Pirates at Orioles, 1:05 pm
Sunday, Mar. 11 (SS) - Orioles at Red Sox, 1:05 pm 
Sunday, Mar. 11 (SS) - Phillies at Orioles, 6:05 pm (MASN)
Monday, Mar. 12 - Orioles at Pirates, 1:05 pm 
Tuesday, Mar. 13 - Orioles at Twins, 1:05 pm 
Wednesday, Mar. 14 - Yankees at Orioles, 1:05 pm (MLBN) (MASN)
Thursday, Mar. 15 - Orioles at Cardinals, 1:05 pm
Friday, Mar. 16 - Orioles at Mets, 1:10 pm 
Saturday, Mar. 17 (SS) - Blue Jays at Orioles, 1:05 pm
Sunday, Mar. 18 - Mets at Orioles, 1:05 pm
Monday, Mar. 19 - Orioles at Tigers, 1:05 pm
Tuesday, Mar. 20 - Rays at Orioles, 6:05 pm (MASN)
Wednesday, Mar. 21 - Orioles at Yankees, 6:35 pm 
Thursday, Mar. 22 - Red Sox at Orioles, 1:05 pm (MASN)
Friday, Mar. 23 (SS) - Rays at Orioles, 1:05 pm
Saturday, Mar. 24 - Twins at Orioles, 6:05 pm
Sunday, Mar. 25 - Orioles at Phillies, 1:05 pm 
Monday, Mar. 27 (in Norfolk, VA) - Orioles at Tides (AAA), 3:05 pm