It appears former Mississippi State standout Buck Showalter, an ESPN analyst, will be named manager of the Baltimore Orioles sometime after the All-Star break that begins today.
Multiple media sources indicate that Showalter met with team officials for a third time over the weekend. Baltimore (29-59) fired Dave Trembley on June 4 and made Juan Samuel the interim manager.
Samuel is 14-20 as the interim skipper but the team closed out its first half with a sweep of the AL West leading Rangers – the O’s first four-game road sweep since 1995.
The Baltimore Sun reported Sunday that the second half is likely to begin with Samuel still as manager.
ESPN’s Buster Olney reported that Showalter is expected to sign a four-year contract with the team, which hasn’t had a winning season – but has had six managers, including Samuel – since 1997.
Showalter was an All-American at MSU in 1977 and has a 882-833 record as a big-league manager, for the Yankees (1992-95), Diamondbacks (1998-2000) and Rangers (2003-06). He turned 54 in May.
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