Orioles pitching coach Dave Wallace retires

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"He's getting buried right now, but I tell people all the time how good he was", Miller told ESPN.com about Showalter's bullpen management.

Those who can not remember the past are condemned to repeat it. The O's pen was among the best in the majors, and is a big part of why they are in the playoffs.

I will be muttering the words "Ubaldo Jimenez" while wandering the streets in my bathrobe for the next five months.

Did Baltimore manager Buck Showalter really lose the ultimate game of the season without using lights-out closer Zach Britton at all? This game is over. The Orioles managed just four hits and all their runs came on a Mark Trumbo two-run homer. At some point, I guess the law of averages has to catch up to the law of probability, but sometimes it pays to let it roll. Zach Britton was 47-for-47 in save chances and had yielded one earned run since April 30. Kim, after being booed on Opening Day, hit.302 and became a fan favorite.

The same goes for Showalter.

I can personally guarantee you that Baltimore Orioles manager Buck Showalter knows more about baseball than you and me combined. His 43rd home run will be the one Blue Jays fans remember for awhile. Not with the top of Toronto's lineup coming up.

Hopefully the next manager in this spot will think of Torre and Showalter.

Blue Jays fans tossed bottles and debris on the field during Game 5 against Texas past year, upset at the call that let Rougned Odor score from third after catcher Russell Martin's throw back to the mound deflected off Shin Soo Choo's bat. Watching it all fold was "frustrating" for Britton. Wallace was the Houston Astros' pitching coach in 2007, then took a front office job with the Seattle Mariners for two seasons. "We don't care which way it goes as long as you throw him something low enough that he can only whack it on the ground and send us to the 12th".

"It's not my call".

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Baltimore needs to figure out where they're going because they're starting to get some young players like first baseman/designated hitter Trey Mancini and catcher Chance Sisco ready to make an impact in the majors.

And then consider this additional remarks by Showalter in his postgame presser.

Nearly since the beginning of Power Line 14 years ago, I've been railing against push-button managers who fail to use their best relief pitcher when the game is on the line because it violates this or that "rule". It's not my job to put me in the game.

Much of the Yankees' success over the past two decades has been attributed to Mariano Rivera's ability to close the door in the ninth inning, but did you know that of the 96 postseason games Rivera pitched, he entered just 12 of those games with a lead of three or fewer runs in the ninth inning?

"Nobody's been pitching better for us that Ubaldo". We have nothing else to go on than what's happened for 162 games, but baseball has a way of having a whole different scenario show its head. "Has nothing to do with philosophical". Britton is the guy the Blue Jays would have wanted to see least in the eighth, ninth, 10th or 11th inning. So there's a bunch of decisions to make there during the course of the game. And allow Encarnacion to join a rather exclusive group of men who've ended win-or-be-gone postseason games with big flies? "Maybe it would have been a little different if we were playing at home - there are a lot of different ways to look at it".

Writer: "I'm sorry to harp on this..."

"Well, I just don't understand it", came the response.

Showalter: "We can talk about it privately". The thought is that you don't want to use your closer in that situation since the home team gets the final at-bat.

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