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Orioles close to naming Buck Showalter as manager?

Jul 11, 2010, 5:58 PM EDT

Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that the Orioles are negotiating with Buck Showalter for their vacancy at manager and appear to be close to a deal.

The O’s cut ties with Dave Trembley in early June after he led the club to a 15-39 start.  Juan Samuel was named as interim manager and has done a fine job, going 13-20 with little firepower in baseball’s toughest division.

Former Indians manager Eric Wedge was also interviewed for the opening and apparently impressed some of the Orioles’ higher-ups, but Showalter, a current analyst on ESPN’s Baseball Tonight, must have impressed them more.  Showalter has managed the Yankees, Diamondbacks and Rangers for parts of 11 seasons and has a 1716-882 lifetime record.

Rosenthal says Showalter could take over for Samuel by Thursday, when the All-Star break concludes.

  1. Pisano - Jul 11, 2010 at 7:58 PM

    All I can say is : Poor Buck .

  2. ravensos - Jul 11, 2010 at 10:22 PM

    Baltimore Sun says Samuel will continue as manager after the all star break

  3. frat - Jul 11, 2010 at 11:47 PM

    Drew, his record is 882-833 in 1715 games (BRef incorrectly has him managing 145 games in 1995; it was a 144 game season).

  4. Boo Hoo Florio picked on your team - GET OVER IT - Jul 12, 2010 at 12:50 AM

    Correct, Frat. Also, Buck’s a good choice to iron out the wrinkles on a young team. He’s got quite an uphill climb ahead of him, but at least he’s managing again.

  5. DualLeads - Jul 12, 2010 at 1:27 AM

    Showalter to Baltimore? Not sure – if it holds as much weight as all of yours and that other baseball reporting web clown’s baseless and source-less Cliff Lee predictions over the last week, probably not…

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