Speculation: The Orioles' recent surge, including a four-game sweep in Texas, has improved Samuel's chances of getting this job. It certainly may have delayed an announcement involving Showalter. Still, we don't expect Samuel to be the permanent manager. This team is not good, and eventually it'll go into another long funk. But Samuel has been impressive in this role, showing the proper optimism and acumen. He was a wonderful choice to be interim and hopefully this run helps his chances of getting a big-league managerial job somewhere else someday. I still think that the Orioles would like to separate themselves from previous regimes, and want someone with prior big-league experience, and that hurts Samuel's chances. Still, his performance has made it easier for the Orioles to take their time and properly evaluate him.