Source: Orioles meet with Showalter

Updated: July 11, 2010, 6:52 PM ET
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Buck Showalter, the heavy favorite to become the Baltimore Orioles' next manager, met again with the team this weekend, a person familiar with the talks told ESPN The Magazine's Buster Olney.

Showalter, currently an analyst for ESPN, has spoken with Orioles owner Peter Angelos multiple times since the team fired Dave Trembley on June 4 and replaced him with interim manager Juan Samuel.

Showalter has won Manager of the Year twice, in 1994 with the New York Yankees and in 2004 with the Texas Rangers.

He is largely credited with being one of the driving forces of the Yankees dynasty in the 1990s, along with then-general manager Gene Michaels. In 1994, Showalter had the Yankees in position for their first division title in 13 years before a strike canceled the remainder of the season.

Showalter, who helped develop franchise cornerstones Andy Pettitte and Bernie Williams in their formative years, was fired by the Yankees after the 1995 season -- one year before they won their first World Series title in 18 years under manager Joe Torre.

Showalter was also the first manager for the Arizona Diamondbacks after they were introduced into the league as an expansion franchise in 1997. He was hired more than two years before Arizona's first game to be the team's primary builder.

Like with the Yankees, Showalter was shown the door by Arizona one year before the Diamondbacks won the World Series.

In 2004, Showalter led the Rangers to 89 wins, 19 more than when he took over two years earlier.

Showalter has a career 882-833 record in an 11-year career at the helm of the Yankees, Diamondbacks and Rangers.

Samuel is the Orioles' sixth manager since their last winning season in 1997.

ESPN The Magazine's Buster Olney contributed to this report.

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