Orioles Hire Buck Showalter As New Mangager

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ESPN The Magazine's Tim Kurkjian reports that the Baltimore Orioles have hired ESPN analyst Buck Showalter as their next manager. Showalter's first game as manager will be Aug. 3. The Orioles fired manager Dave Trembley June 4, and replaced him with interim manager Juan Samuel. Former Indians manager Eric Wedge, former Rangers and Mets manager Bobby Valentine, former Orioles catcher Rick Dempsey and Samuel interviewed for the job.

The 54 year-old Showalter is 882-833 as a major league manager. He was named Manager of the Year in 1994 with the Yankees, and 2004 with the Rangers. He helped rebuild the Yankees into a power after a down period, and he was the primary builder of the fledgling Diamondbacks in 1997 -- They went on to win the World Series in 2001. In 2004, he led the Rangers to 89 wins, 19 more than when he took over two years earlier.