There has been a lot of talk recently about whether the Orioles need to interview a minority candidate before the expected hiring of Buck Showalter to be the team’s long-term manager.
The short answer is no. Commissioner Bud Selig’s directive, issued in 1999, doesn’t specifically say major league teams must interview minority candidates. It, however, does require that minority candidates are considered when there are job openings at certain positions, like field manager, general manager and other executive posts.
Selig also mandates that there be open dialog between the Orioles, or whatever team is searching for a manager, and the commissioner’s office during the hiring process. That allows the commissioner to make sure clubs are considering minority candidates before making their final decisions.
Either way, the Orioles' naming of Juan Samuel, who was born in Dominican Republic, as the interim manager and giving him an extended opportunity at the helm of the team would certainly appear to satisfy the directive. Orioles president of baseball operations Andy MacPhail has said several times that Samuel is being considered and evaluated for the long-term job, and you’d think Selig would take him at his word.
And that’s not to mention that MacPhail speaks regularly to Samuel about the club and roster decisions, and asks for input. So Samuel’s interview is ongoing.
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