Buck Showalter grudgingly confirmed Sunday he is interested in becoming the Orioles’ full-time manager.
He told ESPN’s Karl Ravech during "Baseball Tonight" that he has spoken with the club about the job, twice answering "Yes" to specific questions about having contact with the O’s his interest in the position. Showalter is an analyst for the show.
Asked by Ravech whether he wanted to get back into managing, Showalter replied:
"Karl, you know, from that standpoint, right situation’s presented … Out of respect for the people that currently have a job, (interim manager) Juan Samuel has worked very hard to get an opportunity, and I don’t it’s ethical to be talking about this and that. … It’s an honor to have your name in that mix. Where life takes you, we’ll see."
Showalter, who managed the Yankees in the early 1990s, later was asked if he thought the O’s could compete in the AL East. "Sure they can," he replied. "They may have to do it a little differently than somebody else, but sooner or later you’re going to have to figure out a way to be better than the Yankees and Red Sox anyway, so a lot of people that maybe in the running for that job would say, ‘Bring it on.’"
The Orioles are seeking a permanent replacement for Dave Trembley, who was fired June 4. Samuel has guided the O’s to an 8-13 record, including a three-game weekend sweep of the Nationals.