Anyway, you don't need me to tell you Showalter made a tactical error. Many other better, more qualified writers did a more than sufficient job of that. Here's a rundown of lots of them:
- Jeff Sullivan: Zach Britton Watched the Orioles Lose
- Dave Cameron: Zach Britton and the Two Possible Explanations
- Craig Calcaterra: Buck Showalter wasn’t dumb. He was scared.
- Jeff Passan: The colossal, inexplicable mistake of Buck Showalter
- Jonah Keri: Why Buck Showalter made the stupidest managerial decision I've ever seen
- Tyler Kepner: After Buck Showalter’s Plan Fizzled, I Had Questions: How? Why? Huh?
- Barry Svrluga: Encarnacion’s homer lifts Blue Jays past Orioles in AL wild-card game
- Jon Meoli: On Buck Showalter decision to not use closer Zach Britton
- David Schoenfield: What we learned: Buck Showalter's epic failure costs Orioles
- Bill Baer: Showalter cost the O's the AL Wild Card game by not using a healthy Zach Britton
- Ted Berg: The Orioles somehow didn't use Zach Britton in their extra-inning wild-card loss
- Dan Connolly: No Britton made no sense in season-ender
- Roch Kubatko: Britton: “It was tough sitting down there and having to watch it”
- Steve Melewski: Clubhouse reaction as the Orioles’ season comes to an end
- Ken Rosenthal: Zach Britton, Buck Showalter, and the fine line between brilliance and failure
Are there more of them? Yes, and even more are coming. And they should.
As much good as Showalter has done to bring the Orioles back to respectability, his decision may end up shaping his entire tenure in Baltimore. As much as last night's loss stings, let's do our best to not let that happen.