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Showalter meets with MacPhail, Angelos for 3 hours

Buck Showalter, the ESPN baseball analyst who has managed three different major league organizations, met with Orioles President of Baseball Operations Andy MacPhail and principal owner Peter Angelos for about three hours in Baltimore on Wednesday.

Showalter would not go into specifics about the meeting, what was discussed or whether he has significant interest in the Orioles' managerial opening.

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"I am not going to comment on it at all," he said.

Showalter's interview occurred on the same day in which another high-profile candidate, Bobby Valentine, reportedly took his name out of consideration for the post. Valentine, also an ESPN analyst, told ESPN The Magazine that, "I am honored and flattered that the Orioles reached out with this potential opportunity, but at this time in my career, I feel I should direct my energies in another direction."

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That direction is apparently pointed toward Florida. The Marlins, who are in town for a three game series, fired Fredi Gonzalez on Wednesday and Marlins team president David Samson confirmed that Valentine has been contacted and "is a candidate for this position. … There is a list of candidates. The reason I address Bobby by name is because of speculation that's been out there for some time."

Valentine, who did not respond to multiple requests from The Sun for comment, was the second candidate to be interviewed by the Orioles, meeting in Baltimore with MacPhail and Angelos on June 11. Former Cleveland Indians manager Eric Wedge met with MacPhail on June 9.

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