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MacPhail on Valentine, Showalter

President of Baseball Operations Andy MacPhail did not hear directly from ESPN analyst Bobby Valentine that he no longer wants to be considered as the club's next manager, but MacPhail talked to Valentine's agent, putting an end to the possibility the ex-New York Mets skipper will lead the Orioles.

"I have been told that he has a statement out that he has withdrawn," MacPhail said. "I have not seen it. I haven't seen the statement but I did talk to his agent so I do believe the thing is accurate."

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MacPhail said later: "We will obey by his wishes and keep him out of consideration."

ESPN The Magazine first reported that Valentine has withdrawn his consideration from the job, the same day that the Florida Marlins fired Fredi Gonzalez creating a managerial opening in Miami. Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria and Valentine have been good friends for 20 years, leading to speculation that Valentine will soon manage the Marlins. The club confirmed him

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Valentine, who visited Baltimore on June 11, was the second candidate to interview. Eric Wedge interviewed with MacPhail in Cleveland on June 9 and Buck Showalter met with MacPhail and principal owner Peter Angelos for three hours on Wednesday.

"It was enjoyable. I find these things pretty educational," MacPhail said. "You get some different perspectives. It's not a process that anybody enjoys doing, but like anything, there are some silver linings to it."

MacPhail reiterated that the search likely will not wrap up until after the all-star break and that he would consider candidates currently employed by other clubs.

"If you're going to take the time to go through the process, then you ought to be persuaded by the process," he said. "You may wake up one day and go, 'this is it.' On the other hand, it may drag on longer than you expect. You just don't know. I don't know."

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