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ESPN's Tim Kurkjian is reporting today that former Texas Rangers and New York Mets manager Bobby Valentine has withdrawn his name from consideration for the Orioles' managerial job.

"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," said Valentine in the story.

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Valentine, who is currently an analyst for ESPN, is one of three candidates to interview with Orioles' officials. Former Cleveland Indians manager Eric Wedge interviewed once and is expected to get a second interview. Former New York Yankees, Texas Rangers and Arizona Diamondbacks manager Buck Showalter is meeting with team officials today.

It's expected that Valentine could immediately become a candidate for the Florida Marlins' managerial job, which opened today when Fredi Gonzalez was fired.

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