Samuel could be leaning toward joining Phils
Former O's interim manager interested in first-base coach job
BALTIMORE -- Amid speculation that former Orioles interim manager Juan Samuel would stay in Baltimore and return to his third-base post, multiple sources confirmed on Monday night that Samuel's future with the O's is far from certain.
Samuel was not present at the Orioles mini-organizational meetings in Arizona that took place last week, and the sentiment is Samuel is leaning toward other options, which include joining Charlie Manuel's staff as first-base coach. Samuel is one of several candidates being considered for the position vacated by Davey Lopes, and given his ties to the Phillies organization as a player -- as well as his experience as an outfield/baserunning instructor -- it makes sense.
The Phillies have had conversations with Samuel, who is currently in the Dominican Republic, but no formal offer has been extended. A highly-respected baseball man, Samuel is a candidate to join several organizations as a coach, including the Mets, whose staff is still in a state of flux while they conduct a managerial search.
Following Brian Butterfield's decision to stay in Toronto, Samuel was thought to be the Orioles leading candidate to return to his third-base role, a position he held until manager Dave Trembley's dismissal in June. And while there is still a chance he ends up in Baltimore, the organization has yet to reach an agreement contractually with Samuel as they have with pitching coach Mark Connor, hitting coach Jim Presley, bullpen coach Rick Adair and first-base coach Wayne Kirby.
Originally signed as a undrafted free agent by Philadelphia in 1980, Samuel spent from '83-89 with the big league club and went on to garner National League All-Star honors three times during his 16-year career. Samuel, who became the first Latin-born manager in Orioles history when he temporarily took over for Trembley, was enshrined on the Phillies' Wall of Fame in 2008.
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