The Baltimore Orioles announced on Wednesday that they had agreed to extensions with manager Buck Showalter and executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette. The new deals extend their contacts through 2018 and the team will hold a press conference Thursday morning at 10 a.m. ET to officially announce the extensions.
Showalter was hired by the Orioles in the middle of the 2010 season, leading the O's to a 34-23 in the second half of the season. In his second season in Baltimore, the O's lost 93 games. But things turned around dramatically in 2012, as Showalter's club went on a memorable run to capture an American League Wild Card spot with a 93-69 record. It was an incredible worst-to-first turnaround and the success of the young club under Showalter undoubtedly prompted management to extend his deal.
Duquette joined the Orioles organization in November of 2011, taking over for Andy MacPhail. Baltimore was the third stop for Duquette as a personnel chief, and his first since he was fired by the Red Sox in 2002. In his short time in Baltimore, Duquette acquired Jason Hammel, Wei-Yin Chen, and Nate McLouth -- three key contributors to the Orioles run to the 2012 postseason.