Four Keys to Baltimore Orioles Building a Perennial Contender Under Showalter

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Four Keys to Baltimore Orioles Building a Perennial Contender Under Showalter

Critics and even many fans counted the Baltimore Orioles out of the 2012 playoff race from the get go. And, really, who wouldn’t blame them?

I know I didn’t expect the Orioles to advance to the postseason. I just was hoping for a winning record for the first time since 1997.

After 14 consecutive disappointing losing seasons with a revolving door of sub-par managers in the history books, the Birds finally were able to put together a strong core of young, talented players. The only problem last season was their experience level—they could not handle the pressure that comes with the postseason.

However, as the months and years progress, I’m sure they will be more adept and learn how to win as a team and advance further in the playoffs.

Even though the Birds forced the nail-biting Game 5 against the always tough New York Yankees this past October, critics still believe that this season was a fluke and they won’t be able to build and grow. They don’t think the Orioles have a shot next year because of their recent history of bad decision-making and struggles.

But, if Buck Showalter and Dan Duquette have anything to do with that, the Birds will be just as much a contender next season, if not even better.

I’ve compiled a list of the top four keys to the Baltimore Orioles building a perennial contender under the leadership of Buck Showalter.

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