Buck Showalter interviews for Astros opening

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By Austin Medina  

Former Orioles manager Buck Showalter may get another opportunity amid one of the biggest scandals in MLB history. 

The Houston Astros fired manager AJ Hinch, along with GM Jeff Luhnow, after receiving massive penalties for sign stealing during the 2017 season. The MLB suspended Hinch, who won the World Series with Houston during the 2017 season, for a full season prior to his firing. 
Amidst all the chaos, Showalter has interviewed for the vacated opening just four weeks before training camp. 

Buck Showalter interviewed with the #Astros yesterday for their managerial vacancy, sources tell me and @Britt_Ghiroli. John Gibbons interviewing today, per @MarkBermanFox26.

— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) January 16, 2020

Showalter, 63, managed the Orioles for nine seasons and posted a .494 win percentage. Before the Orioles current rebuild, Showalter managed winning baseball in Baltimore.

From 2012 to 2016, he led the Orioles to 444 wins, a .548 winning percentage, an AL East crown, and three playoff appearances. 

While the situation in Houston seemingly is not ideal, the talent compiled on the field should be more than enough for managers to jump at the opportunity. Showalter provides an experienced manager who could be perfect for the Astros crisis. 

Buck Showalter, who interviewed with #Astros yesterday, has managed teams in crisis before. Was a #Yankees coach in 1990-‘91 and then their manager from ‘92 to ‘95 - a period that overlapped with the suspension of NYY owner George Steinbrenner from July 30, 1990 to March 1, 1993.

— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) January 16, 2020

Along with Houston, both the Red Sox and Mets are also looking to fill manager voids. After Houston fired Hinch, the Red Sox mutually parted ways with manager Alex Cora, who won the World Series in 2018 with Boston. Soon after, Mets manager Carlos Beltran stepped down as he and Cora were linked as "active participants."

While Showalter interviewing for the Astros job has been confirmed, there has been no updates on the Red Sox or Mets managerial search. 

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