Over the last few months during the Orioles search for a new manager, one name was brought up more than any other, Rick Dempsey.
First, let me say I have nothing against Rick Dempsey and think he is a great guy with a fantastic baseball mind. With that being said, I believe that the Orioles made the right decision in bringing in Buck Showalter.
Then, the other day I go on to the Baltimore Sun's website and see that Dempsey made some comments. He stated that he was very disappointed in the Orioles, and also that by not hiring him it's the biggest mistake made by the Orioles in a long time. Well if Dempsey ever had the slightest chance of being the Orioles manager, he killed it with those comments.
Dempsey then went on to say that Showalter was the highest qualified, but that he didnt know as much about this team than Dempsey does. That may be true, but why do you think MacPahil brought him in now, to get to know this team better so he can make educated decisions in the offseason about this team. In the long run, if the Orioles would have hired Dempsey, they would have been doing the same thing over and over: Hiring guys with no MLB manager experience, and we all know how that story ends.
I can understand how angry Dempsey must be, but the way he is letting it known to me is very unprofessional and to a certain extent, a little childish. He is coming off as a bitter person who feels the Orioles job is entitled to him. Rick Dempsey needs to realize that under this management he will never be the Orioles manager, especially after these comments.
Dempsey's name will always be golden in Baltimore because of that 1983 Series MVP, but that doesn't give him the right to bash his former team when he doesn't get his way. When you read this article I don't want you to think I am attacking Dempsey because I am not. But look at it from a different point of view; if Dempsey didn't have the accolades he does, would you feel as strongly for him as you do? Take away the '83 MVP and he is just another former baseball player trying to manage a pro team.
I love Rick Dempsey as much as any other Baltimore fan, but Buck Showalter is the right guy for the job. He has the track record and a no-nonsense attitude that the city of Baltimore will grow to love. For Dempsey, if his dream is to manage a MLB team he will undoubtedly have to do it somewhere other than Baltimore. I hope for his own sake he hasn't burned any bridges for future jobs elsewhere.
Here is a link to Rick Dempsey's comments.