The Houston Astros have interviewed Buck Showalter for their managerial vacancy, ESPN has confirmed.
The Astros interviewed Showalter on Wednesday, two days after they released manager AJ Hinch and general manager Jeff Luhnow.
The Astros also will interview former Blue Jays manager John Gibbons on Thursday, according to multiple reports.
Showalter has 20 campaigns of major-league managerial experience under his belt. The three-time Manager of the Year also interviewed earlier this offseason for the manager job with the Phillies, who lastly hired Joe Girardi.
Showalter, 63, last managed in 2018 with the Orioles, who went 47-115 and parted ways with him after the season. He owns a career record of 1,551-1,517.
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Gibbons, 57, is 793-789 over parts of 11 seasons in two different stints with Toronto. He managed the Blue Jays to back-to-back appearances in the ALCS in 2015 and 2016 but did not return to the club after going 73-89 in 2018.
The laid back Gibby who usually appears calm and collected could be just what the doctor ordered for a Houston squad seeking new leadership.
Gibbons was in the Manager’s chair when Astros closer Roberto Osuna went through his legal troubles following a domestic abuse allegation while a member of the Blue Jays in 2018.
Owner Jim Crane in his press conference stated the team needs to move forward with a clean slate and always do the right thing. Gibby’s undeniable character and ability to manage players from all walks of life may be just what Crane and company need to build the Astros back up.
Hinch and Luhnow were released Monday after being suspended by Major League Baseball for the Astros’ illicit use of electronics to steal signs during Houston’s run to the 2017 World Series title and again in the 2018 season.
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