In March 2011, Dan Duquette’s predecessor was in the last year of his contract, and when Orioles owner Peter Angelos was asked about his status, he replied: “He’s not going anywhere.”
Andy MacPhaill did leave that fall, but Duquette, and the man MacPhail hired, Buck Showalter, aren’t going anywhere for a long time.
On Wednesday, the Orioles announce contract extensions for both Duquette and Showalter that will take them through 2018.
It’s a five-year extension for Showalter and a four-year one for Duquette.
Showalter, Duquette and Angelos’ son Louis, will talk about the lengthy extensions at 10 a.m. this morning.
It’s an extraordinary show of confidence for a remarkable 2012 s season, and gives both Duquette and Showalter uncommon job security in baseball.
Angelos hinted this was possible last October when he was specifically asked about a contract extension for Showalter.
“That’s something that hasn’t come up. But if they’re interested in staying, nobody’s more interested in keeping him than I am. And certainly I speak for everyone in the organization. They had Buck as the manager, Dan Duquette as the GM, you certainly couldn’t ask for a better, better combination,” Angelos said.
Well, they’re not going anywhere.