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Charlie Manuel might become the Orioles hitting coach after all

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At the end of November it was reported that Charlie Manuel had been approached to become the Orioles hitting coach but ultimately declined. Apparently the Orioles are not taking his initial no for an answer. Roch Kubatko of MASN:

The Orioles are still targeting Charlie Manuel in their search for a new hitting coach, according to sources, and they should know later this week whether he’s willing to fill the position.

Manuel was the Indians hitting coach from 1988-89 and from 1994-99. He’s 70 now and it’s not likely that he’ll land another manager job, so to the extent he’s wavering, you have to figure it’s less about him holding out for another job or worrying about taking a step back as much as it’s about him deciding whether he wants to go back to the eight-month or more grind of the baseball season.