Sometime this weekend -- over the course of a four-game season finale set against the Tigers -- Showalter will sit down with each member of the O's coaching staff to let them know where things stand and what direction he's leaning.
"[I want to] give them a heads up about what our thinking is, what the time frame is going to be," said Showalter, who added that leaving the current staff intact is still a possibility. "I wouldn't dare let [them] leave here without some idea."
Showalter had high praise for a group that includes pitching coach Rick Kranitz, hitting coach Terry Crowley, bench coach Jeff Datz, third-base coach Gary Allenson, first-base coach John Shelby and bullpen coach Alan Dunn, for their hard work and professionalism in a season in which they were faced with three different managers. The new O's skipper -- announced at a news conference on Aug. 2 and signed through 2013 -- Showalter said he will take all factors of the season into account when he makes his decision. He doesn't want it to be a case where certain members of the staff are penalized for not having a previous relationship with him.
"Hopefully in the next month of October, we will have a clearer idea of what we're working with and see what the fit would be with the needs of our players," Showalter said. "But I can certainly see why they were hiring [these coaches] and why they were thought well of. And they are thought well of."
The Orioles' late-season surge, which includes a 30-22 mark since Showalter arrived, also figures to lend credence toward the current staff, who -- with the exception of Allenson, who was promoted with Dave Trembley's dismissal -- all served under Trembley and interim skipper Juan Samuel.