The other morning on ESPN radio, a New York sports yakker referred to the Orioles as the amazing Orioles. At FoxSports.com, Ken Rosenthal, former Baltimore Sun columnist who chronicled many of the teams down years, offers praise as he lays out how the team has remained in the postseason picture.
Rosenthal credits club vice president Dan Duquette and manager Buck Showalter equally.
People ask, how are the Orioles doing it? Well, there is an element of luck for a team with a 24-6 record in one-run games. But the Orioles remarkable ascent is not exactly an accident.
Duquette is finding talent under every rock imaginable, manipulating his 25-man roster aggressively, displaying the necessary short-term memory in moving on from mistakes. Showalter is holding players accountable, trusting his minor-league evaluators, squeezing every last bit of talent out of a group that had no business contending.
Rosenthal cites the examples of pitchers J.C. Romero (released) and Tommy Hunter (up and down to the minors) as Duquette being willing to adjust when things arent working out.
I have better experience at what you have patience with, what you address now, Duquette told Rosenthal. Things that seem like a good idea at the time sometimes arent such a great idea once you see them in action.
And speaking of the manager, All-Star center fielder Adam Jones is quoted as saying: Thats Buck its accountability. Hes not sending you down because you suck no one sucks at this level. Hes sending you down because he wants you to understand the value of competing and winning. Thats all Buck cares about.