Orioles close to naming Buck Showalter as manager?

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Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that the Orioles are negotiating with Buck Showalter for their vacancy at manager and appear to be close to a deal.

The O’s cut ties with Dave Trembley in early June after he led the club to a 15-39 start.  Juan Samuel was named as interim manager and has done a fine job, going 13-20 with little firepower in baseball’s toughest division.

Former Indians manager Eric Wedge was also interviewed for the opening and apparently impressed some of the Orioles’ higher-ups, but Showalter, a current analyst on ESPN’s Baseball Tonight, must have impressed them more.  Showalter has managed the Yankees, Diamondbacks and Rangers for parts of 11 seasons and has a 1716-882 lifetime record.

Rosenthal says Showalter could take over for Samuel by Thursday, when the All-Star break concludes.

We now have photographic proof that Tom Ricketts and Ted Cruz are different people

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A lot of people think they have a double walking around someplace on Earth. They may actually be right. We have an example of this in baseball and politics.

Cubs owner Tom Ricketts looks a lot like Texas senator Ted Cruz. Or, since Ricketts is older, I guess Cruz looks like Ricketts. Either way, they could play brothers if someone put on, like, the worst ever production of some play about brothers.

If you’re not familiar with one or both of those guys, take a gander at the photo that was taken of the two of them in Washington this morning as the Cubs made the rounds with their World Series trophy:

If they put those rings together, Tom can turn into any animal and Ted can turn into anything made out of water. True story.

 

Anthony Rizzo calls out Miguel Montero for calling out Jake Arreita

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The morning we posted about Miguel Montero calling out his pitcher, Jake Arrieta, for allowing the Nationals to steal seven bases last night. Our view, of course, was that (a) it wasn’t all Arrieta’s fault; and (b) even if it was, publicly calling out your teammates like that is probably not a great idea and certainly isn’t a good look.

When I saw Montero’s comments I assumed that they would not play well in the Cubs’ clubhouse. I was right about that. Anthony Rizzo appeared on ESPN 1000 in Chicago this morning and had this to say:

Referring to Willson Contreras, of course, who has allowed 31 stolen bases to opponents while behind the dish. Coincidentally, Montero has allowed 31 stolen bases when he has played as well. Contreras has played in 24 more games than Montero, by the way.

I predict that, by around 3pm when the clubhouses open, we’ll see a public apology by Montero.