NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Buck Showalter had hoped to name his new third base coach by the end of the Winter Meetings. Now, the decision may not come until the end of the month.
Another name has surfaced as a potential candidate. It's former Washington Nationals third base coach Jim Riggleman. In June 2011, Riggleman abruptly resigned as Nationals manager and has been the Double-A manager for the Cincinnati Reds' Pensacola team. Coincidentally, that's Showalter's hometown.
DeMarlo Hale surprised the Orioles by leaving the team for Toronto, where he took a three-year contract to be John Gibbons’ bench coach.
Showalter still has a list that apparently has grown, not shrunk in recent days. The manager was still listening to suggestions this week.
One prominent candidate, Steve Smith, who coached with Showalter in Texas, withdrew from consideration, an industry source said. Smith, most recently Cleveland’s third base coach, retired from coaching at the end of last season to watch his son play a final season of college baseball in California.
There may be as many as seven candidates. They include former Orioles second baseman Rich Dauer, who took a job managing the Padres’ Double-A team in San Antonio, but remains under consideration. Former Seattle manager Don Wakamatsu and Orioles minor league instructors Brian Graham and Bobby Dickerson are also possibilities.