Tag:Buck Showalter
Posted on: August 2, 2010 11:17 am

Samuel won't join Showalter's staff in Baltimore

Juan Samuel, who served as the Orioles interim manager before Buck Showalter took over today, will keep getting  a paycheck from Peter Angelos.

Samuel served as the third base coach under Dave Trembley but didn't want to return to that position under Showalter. Instead, the native of the Dominican Republic will return to his home country and oversee the team's operations there, the Baltimore Sun 's Jeff Zrebiec reports.

The rest of the coaching staff is expected to remain intact through the rest of the season.

Samuel said he believed it would be best for the players if he didn't stay on staff when Showalter took over. Showalter reportedly contacted Samuel to try to persuade him to stay on the staff.

As noted by Zrebiec, it's unlikely Samuel isn't in uniform somewhere next season:
Should he leave the Orioles after this season, Samuel, who had a 16-year playing career and is a well-respected coach, should have no problem finding a coaching job for next year. He is very popular in Philadelphia, where he was a two-time All-Star over seven seasons with the Phillies. He also is very close with several managers and coaches around the league, including the Cleveland Indians' Manny Acta, who nearly hired him for the Washington Nationals' staff a couple of seasons ago. He also has close ties with Toronto Blue Jays manager Cito Gaston, who is retiring after the season and will undoubtedly have some say on his successor. -- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Category: MLB
Posted on: August 1, 2010 8:13 pm
Edited on: August 1, 2010 8:16 pm

Samuel's stint as O's manager ends with L

Juan Samuel Juan Samuel's tenure as the Orioles' interim manager ended with a 5-4 loss to the Royals on Sunday. Samuel, who took over for Dave Trembley, went 17-34 in his tenure as the Orioles' skipper. That was actually an improvement over Trembley's 15-39 mark.

Buck Showalter will take over for the Orioles on Tuesday, and it's unlikely he'll have any better luck, considering the Orioles are just plain bad.

"You wish it would have ended differently with a few more wins here, but we have nothing to be ashamed of," Samuel told the Baltimore Sun 's Jeff Zrebiec . "These guys played hard. All these games came down to the last at-bat and that's all you can hope for."

Samuel will meet with Orioles' president Andy MacPhail on Monday morning and Zrebiec says Samuel is expected to resign rather than stay on Showalter's staff as the third base coach, the position he held under Trembley.

"I enjoyed my time here," Samuel said. "It was nothing but a good experience. It puts [my name] out there a little more knowing that I can do this."

Samuel will certainly get more interviews out of this, his players spoke highly of him and it's not like Earl Weaver could put this team in contention.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: July 16, 2010 2:00 pm
Edited on: October 19, 2010 12:24 pm

News flash: O's still haven't hired Showalter

Buck Showalter Just in case you thought you missed the Orioles' announcement of Buck Showalter as their new manager, you haven't.

Despite a highly-public interview process, the Orioles still haven't announced their next manager, leaving the team and interim manager Juan Samuel in limbo.

It's been assumed Showalter's the guy, especially since Bobby Valentine dropped out to not become the Marlins manager, for weeks.

As the Baltimore Sun 's Jeff Zrebiec points out , today marks six weeks since Dave Trembley was fired and that the Orioles have "zeroed in" on Showalter and met with him in Dallas last week. Zrebiec said the Orioles' Andy MacPhail was "almost incredulous that the process is being questioned by fans and reporters."

"It's not dragging," MacPhail told Zrebiec about the search. "Again, there is no timetable here. It's not like the barn is on fire right now. The players are doing a nice job for Juan. I just think that kind of [talk] is just wrong."

MacPhail denied a report Showalter -- or whoever the new manager is -- could start as early as this weekend.

Zrebiec also quotes a source as saying Samuel could continue as the team's interim manager into August, after the trade deadline, and MacPhail acknowledged his focus is more on the deadline than the Showalter coronation.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: July 5, 2010 10:18 pm
Edited on: July 5, 2010 10:22 pm

Showalter hasn't been offered O's job yet

In the world's longest, least-interesting romance, Buck Showalter tells the Baltimore Sun 's Jeff Zrebiec he has spoken with the team a second time, but has yet to be offered the job.

"I have not been offered anything, that's for sure," Showalter said.

Instead, he's waiting by his phone hoping Andy MacPhail calls and second-guessing ordering dessert. If MacPhail calls, Showalter will totally put out.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Category: MLB
Posted on: June 23, 2010 5:04 pm
Edited on: October 19, 2010 12:24 pm

Valentine tells O's no thanks, prefers Miami

Current ESPN baseball analyst Bobby Valentine tells ESPN (shocker) that he's withdrawn his name from consideration for the managing position in Baltimore, but would like a shot at taking the helm of the Marlins.

"I am honored and flattered that the Orioles reached out with this potential opportunity, but at this time in my career, I feel I should direct my energies in another direction," Valentine said.

Apparently that direction is south -- or somewhere with better pitching. According to the article, Valentine and Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria have been friends for 20 years and they have talked about Valentine's interest in managing the club.

Edwin Rodriguez, the Marlins' Triple-A manager, is the team's interim manager.

Another ESPN employee, Buck Showalter, also shouts down the hall that he wants out of Connecticut and that he's interviewing for the Orioles gig today. Eric Wedge has also interviewed.

UPDATE: FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal Tweets the Marlins are "moving fast" to interview Velentine and there are other external candidates.

UPDATE: The Baltimore Sun 's Dan Connolly reports Showalter met with Orioles owner Peter Angelos and president Andy McPhail for about three hours on Wednesday.

YET ANOTHER UPDATE: Connolly's back, reporting former Oriole and current broadcaster Rick Dempsey is expected to get an interview and Wedge will have a second interview to meet with Angelos, but neither has been scheduled.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: June 18, 2010 3:19 pm
Edited on: October 19, 2010 12:24 pm

Orioles seeking experienced manager

Davey Johnson The Baltimore Orioles are making previous managerial experience a priority in their search for a new manager.

Jon Heyman of Sports Illustrated reports that the Orioles have bandied around former Orioles manage Davey Johnson's name, but an interview may not happen. Heyman says that Johnson is happy in his current position as an advisor with the Nationals and as manager of USA baseball, while some Orioles officials feel that it is not appropriate to look to the past as a solution.

Johnson helmed the Orioles during their glory days in 1996 and 1997, compiling a cumulative 186-136 record. He won the World Series as manager of the Mets in 1986. He hasn't managed in the majors since a two- year stint with the Dodgers ending in 2000.

President of baseball operations Andy MacPhail has interviewed former Indians manager Eric Wedge and former Mets manager Bobby Valentine in a search MacPhail says may take the entire season or longer. MacPhail is also expected to interview Mets scout Bob Melvin, formerly of the Mariners and Diamondbacks. Buck Showalter will also speak to MacPhail.

Valentine has been one of the most sought-after managers in recent years after returning from a successful stint as manager of the Chiba-Lotte Marines from 2004-09. He has 13 years experience managing in the majors and took the Mets to the World Series in 2000. He has turned down other managing opportunities and seems to be waiting for the right situation. MacPhail admits that may not be Baltimore.

"Let's be honest, I'm not sure this gig's for everyone," MacPhail told Heyman. "We may have more interest in some guys than they have in us.''

Melvin and Showalter may not be as picky. Melvin was expected to be the successor to Jerry Manuel in New York before the Mets' recent turnaround that sees them a half-game out of first place, but Melvin certainly wants to get back into managing and was a catcher back from 1989-91 with the O's.

Showalter is an accomplished manager with the Yankees, Diamondbacks and Rangers on his resume. His tenure with the Yankees proved he can build up a team in a big city with George Steinbrenner breathing down his neck. He also has experience assembling a team from the ground up, being Arizona's first manager. Unfortunately for Showalter, his final year with both teams was the year prior to each team (1996 for New York, 2001 for Arizona) winning the World Series.

"He got the Yankees going, and he got Arizona going,'' a baseball executive pointed out to Heyman. "He's known as a control freak. But maybe they need some control over there.''

The Orioles are currently 30 games under .500 at 18-48 and are on pace to lose 118 games. Whoever takes the O's over will have quite a tall task on their hands, albeit with clear talent. Brian Matusz and Chris Tillman are future frontline starters while the offense boasts Adam Jones and Matt Wieters among its young nucleus.

-- Evan Brunell

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