Orioles manager won't change through trade deadline (with Showalter quote)
The Orioles will continue without a permanent manager until at least after the non-waiver trade deadline passes on Saturday, no matter how the team fares on its current road trip.
Orioles president of baseball operations Andy MacPhail reiterated today that he does not have a set timeline for hiring someone to replace interim manager Juan Samuel, who has managed the club to a 16-28 record since Dave Trembley was fired June 9.
A managerial announcement will not come until at least August, MacPhail confirmed, as he concentrates on the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline.
Whether a change will be made in August, September, at the end of the season or at all has not yet been determined.
Buck Showalter, the leading candidate for the post, said he’s not discouraged by the protracted situation and said he is currently focused on his job as an ESPN baseball analyst. He’s had several talks with MacPhail and says he remains interested in the position.
“I’m OK with the process and am respectful of what Juan is doing and with what Andy is trying to do with this organization,” Showalter told The Baltimore Sun today.
He would not comment on the specific nature of the talks with MacPhail or how advanced they had become.