Originally written on Roto Arcade  |  Last updated 1/12/12
When we last left Buck Showalter and the battling Baltimore Orioles, they were celebrating and partying on the field like it was 1979. Showalter's pesky crew went 5-1 against the Red Sox in the late stages of September, playing the spoiler role perfectly. The way the club reacted to its dramatic victory on that fateful final Wednesday, you'd have though the Orioles just won the AL East Conference Tournament and were heading into the playoffs on an automatic bid. Things don't work that way, of course — not in baseball, and not in the rough-and-rumble AL East. Let's reestablish the facts of life facing the Orioles in this division: the Yankees and Red Sox have all the resources, the Rays have brains and an overflowing base of talent, and the Blue Jays have an up-and-coming star in the GM's chair. The Birds have finished last in this division for four straight seasons and they haven't seen a winning record since 1997. It's hard to imagine a harbor renaissance coming for 2012. But hey,...
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