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There was a time when the Baltimore Orioles would have delighted to finish 85-77 and in contention for a playoff berth until the final week of the season.
Buck Showalter has more job security than almost any American worker including almost all his players, and so does the Orioles executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette.
The Sporting News has named the Nationals' Davey Johnson and the Orioles' Buck Showalter the National League and American League Managers Of the Year, respectively.
No matter how long Jim Thome is an Oriole, whether it's just for a month or until the end of the season, his veteran presence could be invaluable as General Manager Dan Duquette and Manager Buck Showalter continue to try to instill a winning formula and attitude.
After not playing in a game since May 16 last year at Fenway Park because of the effects of concussion-like symptoms, Brian Roberts will begin a minor league rehab assignment with Double-A Bowie Wednesday night.