If the Baltimore Orioles are taking calls about their vacant manager's job, former Orioles shortstop and current MASN analyst Mike Bordick will pick up the phone and start dialing.
A member of the Orioles Hall of Fame, Bordick wants to be considered for the opening so he can be a part of the rebuilding process.
"Who wouldn't want to jump at an opportunity to manage the Orioles?" Bordick said on
Glenn Clark Radio
Oct. 4. "I've been around the organization. I've known it for a while. When you're in the game, you want to contribute. From my standpoint, I've been able to be a part of the organization in a lot of different ways. Certainly I care about the team, I care about ownership, I care about the community. ... I'm definitely going to put my name in there."
After his playing career concluded, Bordick served two seasons as the coordinator of offensive fundamentals for the Orioles' minor league system. When he's not broadcasting, he continues to contribute as a special assignment instructor within the organization.
After an MLB-worst 47-115 season, the Orioles fired manager Buck Showalter and executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette Oct. 3. It was a disastrous season that featured a major selling spree at the trade deadline that sent away star shortstop Manny Machado, among others.
Showalter served as manager since July 2010, while Duquette was hired in November 2011.
Bordick watched the Orioles enjoy incredible moments under Showalter and Duquette, a combination that ended Baltimore's 14-year streak of losing baseball in 2012. Baltimore went to the postseason three times under the duo, including the season after Duquette was hired.
The Orioles made it to the American League Division Series in 2012, the team's first postseason appearance since 1997. They made it to the American League Championship Series in 2014 and lost in the wild-card game in 2016.
Bordick has now seen the team plummet back down, as it devotes the future to wiping the slate clean.
"It's going to be a great time to watch this thing rebuild," Bordick said. "I mean, how many organizations can say, 'OK, we're doing it.' They're going to make a commitment to this and it would be fun to be a part of something like that."
During his playing career with four different teams, Bordick learned the importance of communication from all levels of an organization. The most successful ones, he said, had cohesiveness from top to bottom.
Bordick's name has already begun to surface in conversations about potential candidates for the job. MLB insider Jon Heyman
Bordick and Bill Ripken, a former Orioles infielder and current MLB Network analyst, are early contenders to be the next Orioles manager.
It doesn't hurt Bordick that he already has an established relationship with Orioles vice president of baseball operations Brady Anderson. The two played together for Baltimore from 1997-2001.
While they don't communicate regularly, there is an existing connection between the two former players that could foster a better opportunity at getting the job.
"We're friends, but I don't call him all the time," Bordick said. "I just think whoever is in place … the most important thing is communication within the organization. In knowing somebody, I think that obviously helps."
This post has been updated to correct the number of teams Bordick played for and when he was teammates with Anderson.
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