The Baltimore Orioles are 9-4 under Buck Showalter since he took over on August 3. And while he inherited the coaching staff, Showalter figures to bring in some of his own people next year to fill out the staff.
Could one of those people be former Mariners manager Don Wakamatsu? It's definitely a possibility. Wakamatsu served as Showalter's bench coach from 2003-2006 on the Texas Rangers. The two are very close.
Showalter had hoped to be managing against his protege when he joined the Orioles. But it didn't happen. Wakamatsu was fired six days after Showalter started managing the Orioles.
"It comes with the territory of managing and coaching," Showalter said. "He understood the job description. We all do. He knows how a shelf-life works. You try not to take it personally, sometimes that’s the only thing some people can do."
Showalter wouldn't admit his true feelings on the firing of his friend.
"I certainly have some personal thoughts on it," he said.
Showalter recalled their days together in Texas.
"It was just a stepping stone for him," he said "But it was very obvious early on what a good baseball he man is and willl be and still is."
While Showalter won't discuss any turnover on his coaching staff. He did say that Wakamatsu shouldn't have any trouble finding a big league staff to employ him.
"I would be shocked if he didn’t," Showalter said. "I’m sure they will be standing in line to hire Donny."
The Orioles could be a good fit. As a former catcher, Wakamatsu could continue to aid the progress of Matt Wieters. However, Jeff Datz has been serving as that positions and is also a former catcher. According to sources, he's helped improve Wieters defense considerably this season.
Of course, Wakamatsu has connections all over baseball. Another possibility would be on Joe Maddon's staff in Tampa Bay if there is an opening. You recall Maddon selected Wakamatsu as one of his coach's for the 2009 all-star game. The two worked together in 2001-02 in the Angels organization.
- Ichiro RF
- Chone Figgins 2B
- Russell Branyan DH
- Jose Lopez 3B
- Franklin Gutierrez CF
- Casey Kotchman 1B
- Adam Moore C
- Michael Saunders LF
- Josh Wilson SS
RHP Doug Fister (4-8, 3.86 ERA)
- Brian Roberts 2B
- Nick Markakis RF
- Ty Wigginton 1B
- Luke Scott DH
- Adam Jones CF
- Felix Pie LF
- Matt Wieters C
- Cesar Izturis SS
- Josh Bell 3B
RHP Brad Bergeson (4-9, 5.84 ERA)