Showal­ter mulls short-, long-term de­ci­sions

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ORI­OLES, should have been all about Adam.”

Showal­ter, 62, said the time since he left Bal­ti­more in early Oc­to­ber has been mostly about ty­ing up loose ends in Bal­ti­more and set­tling into his Dal­las-area home.

“Just bring­ing some clo­sure to a lot of things — pack­ing,” Showal­ter said. “Sheesh. There’s a lot of stuff you ac­cu­mu­late in eight and a half, nine years. I’ve found some things that I’d thought I’d lost — se­ri­ously. We know we’re go­ing to pay a heavy fee to­day at the air­port. How much stuff can you cram in there?”

He was all packed up for a Sat­ur­day af­ter­noon flight from Bal­ti­more, where he spent the past few days with­out cable ser­vice and for­got to leave out clothes to wear to Sat­ur­day’s event.

“It’s only been three weeks. I’ve had my hands full, try­ing to get re­or­ga­nized,” Showal­ter said. “Ev­ery off­sea­son, ev­ery year, you try to get re­or­ga­nized. I’m talk­ing to a lot of peo­ple.”

Some of those con­ver­sa­tions are with con­tacts still in the Ori­oles or­ga­ni­za­tion, while oth­ers are from those around the game.

Showal­ter said he’s got­ten plenty of calls from teams in­ter­ested in for­mer Ori­oles in­fielder Manny Machado, who is play­ing in the World Se­ries with the Los An­ge­les Dodgers and is set for free agency.

“That’s a tough con­ver­sa­tion,” Showal­ter said. “I keep telling Manny, I say, ‘You know they’re go­ing to call, right?’ ”

Whether Showal­ter’s own prover­bial base­ball free agency is set­tled quickly is an­other mat­ter.

“I’m too close to it right now,” Showal­ter said. “I’ve had a lot of in­ter­est­ing calls, so to speak. I’ve found if you want to make good de­ci­sions in life, you need to take some time and back off a lit­tle bit. Prob­a­bly a week or so after the World Se­ries, I’ll de­cide what di­rec­tion — if any.”

It seems he’s had just as many short-term de­ci­sions to make as long-term ones.

“I found out I got a mi­nor league pen­sion, and I found out the op­ti­mal time to take So­cial Se­cu­rity is 66 or 67. I don’t know if I’ll make that,” he said. “I’m look­ing for a bird in hand. We sold the trac­tor, the land, the truck, the big mower, and we’re go­ing to have an es­tate sale.

“I’m look­ing for­ward to get­ting or­ga­nized again. We’ve had stuff scat­tered ’round the coun­try for 10 years at this point.”

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