Buck Showalter is back to MLB prominence, and the Baltimore Orioles are rewarding their manager's efforts with a contract extension.
According to a report by the Orioles' official Twitter account, the team has announced an extension for Showalter and executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette through the 2018 season:
The Orioles have announced contract extensions through 2018 for Executive VP of Baseball Operations Dan Duquette & Manager Buck Showalter.— Baltimore Orioles (@Orioles) January 16, 2013
The move had been anticipated for quite some time, as MLB.com reported on Jan. 8 that the two sides were hard at work on an extension to reward Showalter for a second-place finish in the American League East and an appearance in the AL Divisional Series in 2012.
The longtime skipper had one of his best seasons at the helm in 2012, guiding the once lowly Orioles back into the limelight with a 93-69 record—the club's first winning season since 1997—and a spot in the postseason against the Texas Rangers in the first ever one-game AL Wild Card playoff.
Showalter's previous career stops include the New York Yankees, Arizona Diamondbacks and Rangers, all clubs that went on to World Series wins and appearances following his termination as manager. He boasts a .514 winning percentage over 14 major league seasons and has uprooted the Orioles from the AL East basement after just two and a half seasons of work.
It appears he'll have a chance to keep the Orioles in contention for quite some time. The team boasts a young core of outfielder Adam Jones, All-Star catcher Matt Wieters, infielder/rookie sensation Manny Machado and bullpen standout Jim Johnson, and key role players Chris Davis and Nick Markakis.
Baltimore isn't used to baseball success over the past decade, but the team's brass is fully committed to Showalter's leadership and will rely on him to sustain this recent success as the standard for Orioles baseball.