Showalter preaches patience to Orioles fans

Showalter preaches patience to Orioles fans
December 10, 2013, 4:30 pm
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LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Scott Feldman, Jim Johnson and Nate McLouth all formally left the Orioles last week. The fan base reacted with displeasure.

Manager Buck Showalter’s message to fans who feel the team hasn’t done much: Hold on.

“I think last year we had the same conversation here and the year before,” Showalter said. “We had the same questions being asked last year at this time and the year before that.”

Showalter wants fans to have some perspective. They shouldn’t expect the winter meetings to solve every problem.

“I think we get so caught in this four-day period,” Showalter said. “I’m trying to focus on the 37, 38 guys we have on the roster now. That’s my job.”

When asked if it’s become harder to say goodbye to players as he’s gotten older, Showalter answered simply.

“Yes.”

After pausing for a moment to think, he said: “I miss guys. I miss our players. At the end of the year, that’s a tough conversation. I’m not very good at it.”

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Now, it’s on to next year.

“You’re not going to replace it. You’re going to try to fill that void. That’s two different things,” Showalter said.