Orioles fire boss Duquette after 2nd straight losing season

October 03, 2018 - 8:34 pm

BALTIMORE (AP) — The Baltimore Orioles have fired executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette, who launched a belated rebuilding effort in July after the team that failed miserably from the start.

The announcement came Wednesday night, hours after manager Buck Showalter was told by the club he would not return in 2019.

Baltimore went 47-115, the worst record in Orioles' history. Both Duquette and Showalter had contracts that expired at the end of this season.

Duquette joined the Orioles in November 2011 and put together a team that ended a franchise-record run of 14 straight losing seasons by reaching the playoffs in 2012. It would be the first of five successive seasons in which Baltimore finished at least .500. The Orioles won the AL East and reached the Championship Series in 2014 before earning a wild-card berth in 2016.

Following a 75-87 finish last year, Baltimore struggled from outset this season. In July, Duquette tore apart the roster by swapping Machado, Zach Britton, Jonathan Schoop and several other veterans for 15 minor league prospects and international signing bonus slot money.

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