Originally written on B-More Birds Nest  |  Last updated 11/19/14
Despite pulling a moribund franchise from the depths of a 15-year losing streak and coming within one game of the American League Championship series, despite reversing a 69-93 record to 93-69, despite putting together the best record in one-run and extra inning games in recent memory, apparently O’s skipper Buck Showalter did NOT do enough to win the American League Manager of the Year award, according to the Baseball Writers of America. Idiots. Now, I’m not saying that Oakland manager Bob Melvin wasn’t a deserving candidate; he absolutely was. Melvin took a team that was supposed to finish at the bottom of the American League West and led them to a division title, a season culminating in a sweep of the two-time defending American League champion Texas Rangers in the final series to give the A’s their first AL West crown since 2006. It’s just that Buck did MORE. If the Yankees had tanked down the stretch like the Rangers did, instead of very impressively holding off the surging Orioles over the final month, maybe the AL East crown would have been enough to push Buck over the top. Still, the O’s made it just as far (Game 5 of the ALDS) in the playoffs as the A’s did, and just like the A’s, they had to beat Texas to get there (in the O’s case, the one-game Wild Card playoff, which was played in Texas, as opposed to the final OAK-TEX series, played in Oakland). It was the A’s fifth postseason berth since 2000, and fifth since the Birds last finished .500 or better. Oakland has made a science out of getting a lot out of a little – hell, they just had a movie made about them doing just that (Moneyball, as opposed to the much more awesome but also much more fake BUCKYBALL). A’s GM Billy Beane is the real hero in Oakland. Buck has pretty much single-handedly changed the culture in Baltimore since arriving in midseason 2010. While Dan Duquette did his part to finally give Buck some pieces to work with (an aside – Buck getting snubbed makes me even more angry that Duquette didn’t garner even a single vote for MLB Executive of the Year), where would the O’s be if they had instead hired Eric Wedge or Bobby Valentine (ughhhh) instead of Showalter? Again – no disrespect to Mr. Melvin. This was Buck’s award though. I guess if the O’s want any respect from these national media a-holes, there’s only one thing left to do, Buck. (caution: language)
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Family searching for missing Ohio State football player

CM Punk opens up about leaving WWE, says he'll never return

Manny Pacquiao responds to Floyd Mayweather diss

Australian cricket player dies from head injuries

Wrigley Field bleacher renovation may be delayed

Yankees wanted Rollins but Phillies' price was too high

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Pop misses game for medical reasons; Messina takes over

John Beilein upset with ESPN for late start time to game

Tyson Chandler felt like Knicks' scapegoat at times

Fred Jackson has 'no respect' for Donte Whitner

Devon Still responds to unpaid child support allegations

Diamondbacks sign Cuban slugger Yasmany Tomas

Things to be thankful for in the NBA this season

Eric Berry sends out Thanksgiving message

WATCH: Ronda Rousey talks about Eminem referencing her

WATCH: Dwayne Harris dirty hit on Nolan Carroll sparks fight

Steelers turned down chance to be called 'America's Team'

Report: Small chance Raiders-Rams could be moved to Indy

Todd Gurley begins rehab after surgery on knee for torn ACL

Brodeur to practice with Blues

OSU player posts Michigan player's girlfriend as his 'WCW'

Jim Harbaugh's family may not eat turkey thanks to NBC

Ole Miss' The Grove threatened by Mississippi State fan

Is it time for the Redskins to move on from Robert Griffin III?

MLB News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.

WATCH: Ronda Rousey talks Eminem

CM Punk opens up about leaving WWE

Wrigley renovation may be delayed

Steelers could have been America's Team

John Beilein upset with ESPN

Should Washington move on from RG3?

Dominic Raiola fined for cheap shots

Rose leaves with injury again

WATCH: Pierce signs for fan during game

Report: McCoy to start over RG3

Braxton Miller headed to Oregon?

Game of the week: Kansas City Chiefs vs. Denver Broncos

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.