Samuel perseveres as Baltimore’s interim manager

During the first full week of Juan Samuel’s tenure as interim

manager of the Baltimore Orioles, the man who gave him the job

interviewed Bobby Valentine and Eric Wedge as full-time

replacements.

It wasn’t exactly a vote of confidence from president of

baseball operations Andy MacPhail, who tapped Samuel as manager

after firing Dave Trembley on June 4.

“To be honest, that’s not on my mind,” Samuel said Sunday.

“When I spoke with Andy, it was explained to me it could be two

months, it could be three years.”

Samuel said MacPhail warned: “We are going to talk to some

people.”

Samuel, 49, was Baltimore’s third base coach before being handed

his first managerial job in the majors. The change occurred after

the Orioles lost eight straight to fall to 15-39, the worst record

in the big leagues.

Since taking over, Samuel was 2-6 before Sunday’s game against

the New York Mets. In his defense, under his watch the Orioles have

faced Boston, the New York Yankees and Mets.

“For me right now, my job is to get these guys going,” Samuel

said. “I’m going to enjoy this experience. I just want to push

these guys a little bit, continue to work, continue to see some

progress from these young players. That is my main goal.”

He has demanded that the Orioles play fundamentally sound

baseball. Working with the worst offense in the AL, Samuel has

attempted to manufacture runs by calling for sacrifice bunts, using

the hit and run and running the bases with caution.

Yet it’s a bit early to call them Samuel’s Orioles.

“I don’t know if you can leave an imprint over a short period

of time,” he said. “You can probably say that when you have more

time; two or three months or a year.”