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Source: Buck Showalter to Take Over as Orioles Manager This Weekend

Jul 12, 2010 – 8:51 PM
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Buck ShowalterBuck Showalter is expected to take over as Orioles manager on Saturday or Sunday, a source familiar with the organization told FanHouse on Monday.

Showalter, who has managed for the Yankees, Diamondbacks and, most recently, the Rangers from 2002-06, emerged as the front-runner for the Baltimore job over the last week, with numerous reports tipping him as the next skipper to take the helm in the Charm City.

Another source said "nothing is imminent." Showalter is scheduled to work for ESPN, his current employer, through the weekend.

The Orioles, who come into the All-Star break with the worst record in the majors at 29-59, fired Dave Trembley on June 4. Juan Samuel, previously the club's third base coach, has stepped in to manage the club on an interim basis since.

Showalter is 882-833 in his career as a manager, a winning percentage of .514. But he inherits a monumental challenge in Baltimore.

The Orioles haven't had a winning season since 1997, and despite a strong core of young talent that features Adam Jones, Matt Wieters, Brian Matusz and others, they must deal with life in baseball's toughest division, the AL East.

Eric Wedge, Rick Dempsey and Bobby Valentine are among the other candidates reportedly to have interviewed for Baltimore's managing vacancy.
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