The Baltimore Orioles have settled on ESPN analyst Buck Showalter to be their new manager, FOX Sports.com’s Ken Rosenthal reports.
Rosenthal, via his Twitter account, reports the sides are close on terms and Showalter will be in uniform sometime after the All-Star break. The move won’t be made official until later this week, Rosenthal reports, because Major League Baseball discourages teams from making major announcements during the sport’s showcase events.
The Baltimore Sun’s Dan Connolly, citing a source with knowledge of the situation, reports the Orioles have yet to make an offer to Showalter and that interim manager Juan Samuel will manage the team Friday in its first game after the break.
Showalter was one of the favorites to become the O’s next full-time skipper. His chances improved greatly when Bobby Valentine pulled out of the running to pursue the Florida Marlins’ managerial post.
Other candidates included former Indians manager Eric Wedge and former Orioles catcher Rick Dempsey, now a televison analyst for the club.
The Orioles own the worst record in baseball (29-59). Team president Andy MacPhail fired Dave Trembley on June 4 and replaced him on an interim basis with Samuel. Baltimore is 14-20 under Samuel after completing a four-game road sweep of the Texas Rangers.
Showalter has an 882-833 record in 11 seasons as a major league manager with the New York Yankees, Arizona Diamondbacks and Texas Rangers. He is a two-time AL Manager of the Year and has reached the postseason twice (1995 Yankees, 1999 Diamondbacks).