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Juan Samuel might not stay with Orioles

Jul 30, 2010, 6:41 PM EDT

New Orioles manager Buck Showalter confirmed to Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun that he will be keeping the team’s current coaching staff through the end of the season.

So, where does that leave interim skipper Juan Samuel? Well, Showalter already told Samuel that he would like to retain him as his third base coach.

“I would not be uncomfortable with him,” Showalter said. “I don’t know
Juan, but his reputation is very good. He is well-respected in baseball.
… I would make it as comfortable as I can for him. I try to surround
myself with the best baseball people I can.”

It might not happen. According to Connolly, Samuel is “leaning toward” stepping down and will mull his decision over the weekend. An official decision isn’t likely to be announced until he meets with team president Andy MacPhail early next week. Showalter is set to make his debut as O’s manager on Tuesday against the Angels.

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