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Orioles Hope to Extend Manager Buck Showalter

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While there has been no timetable set for discussions regarding a contract extension for Baltimore Orioles manager Buck Showalter, a high-ranking official told Roch Kubatko of MASNsports.com that the Orioles "obviously want him to stay."

Showalter has done "a fantastic job and that will be taken up in due course," the official said. "We don't want him to leave. We want him to stay and he's going to stay. He's a special guy."

Showalter is under contract through the 2013 season, but he said he has no interest in discussing an extension at this point in the season.

Showalter has led the Orioles in what is now ensured to be their .500 season since 1997. The club is also hoping to make the postseason for the first time since that year, as they are vying for the top spot in the American League East.

Considering the team’s immense improvement this season, it would seem that if Showalter wants to remain in Baltimore beyond 2013 the Orioles will have him back.