When I spoke to president of baseball operations Andy MacPhail on Friday, he said that no other interviews with managerial candidates were scheduled in the near future. Multiple reports surfaced last night that the Orioles contacted Buck Showalter again.
It doesn’t sound like another formal interview, so I guess we’ve ventured into a gray area here, but it seems to confirm that Showalter remains the favorite to replace interim manager Juan Samuel.
Like I’ve been saying, just make a hire before the season ends so I don’t have to deal with it over the winter.
It’s all about me.
I do know that Davey Johnson isn’t being considered for the position, despite his willingness to come back and ownership’s acceptance of his potential candidacy. No bridges have been burned here, but we’re not able to turn back the clock to 1997.
Johnson has dealt with some serious health issues that make it questionable whether he could handle a full 162-game slate, though I have no doubt that Johnson believes he could do it. It’s also debatable whether he’s the right guy to lead a team so far from contention.
The last time I checked, the Orioles hadn’t heard from Bobby Valentine since he issued a statement removing himself from consideration for their position. And they’re not waiting by the phone.
Jake Fox started at first base yesterday and went 3-for-5 with his second home run as an Oriole.
Armando Galarraga is on the mound tonight for the Tigers. Fox is 4-for-4 with a double, home run and three RBIs lifetime against him.
In case you’re wondering, that’s a 3.000 OPS.
In case you’re wondering, I’m endorsing Fox for tonight’s starting lineup.
Luke Scott has two homers in six career at-bats against Galarraga, but that doesn’t do the Orioles any good in this series.
Joel Guzman belted his 19th home run last night for Double-A Bowie, tying him for the Eastern League lead with Trenton’s Brandon Laird and leaving him one short of his career high. He hit 20 home runs at Triple-A Durham in 2008.
The Orioles are leaving Guzman at Bowie to provide protection in the lineup for some of the younger hitters.
Jim Hoey has created a buzz in the organization. His fastball is touching the upper 90s and he isn’t relying exclusively on that one pitch to record outs.
Though he gave up a run in his last outing, Hoey is 2-0 with a 2.76 ERA in 22 appearances with Bowie. He’s allowed 23 hits, walked 16 and struck out 36 in 29 1/3 innings, and the league is batting .213 against him.