At 41-31, the O’s find themselves in second place in the American League East on June 25. By the time they won 41 games in 2011, they had already lost 60. In 2010, they had already lost 77 when their win total reached 41.
It’s an amazing accomplishment and everyone deserves credit. The players, the coaches, the GM — even the previous GM — and especially the manager.
ESPN’s Karl Ravech tweeted his top five American League Managers of the Year on Sunday night and Buck Showalter ranked number one. The O’s skipper found himself ahead of Robin Ventura, Bobby Valentine, Manny Acta and Joe Girardi on Ravech’s list.
Of course, the key to winning the honor will be staying 10+ games over .500 for the next 90 games of the season. If the O’s can do that, Showalter will run away with the honor.
Let’s hope it won’t be the only thing the Orioles win this year.