-- The last remnants of Rafael Palmeiro were removed from the Baltimore Orioles' clubhouse Tuesday morning. The first baseman showed up hours before reporters and teammates were at Oriole Park at Camden Yards and packed his belongings, according to Orioles Executive Vice President Jim Beattie. It does not appear that Palmeiro spoke with anyone from the front office during his visit.

"Not that I know of," Beattie said.

It was on Friday when Baltimore announced that Palmeiro would not rejoin the Orioles this season. It is also likely that Palmeiro will never play for the Orioles again, though Beattie has declined to make that assessment.

Flanagan Wants to Return

Orioles Vice President Mike Flanagan, whose contract expires after the season, said he would like to return next year.

"I like what I'm doing," Flanagan told reporters prior to Tuesday's game.

Rumors had circulated that Flanagan does not want to be sole general manager next season should owner Peter Angelos choose not to bring back Beattie.

Flanagan said he had not heard whether he would return next season. Also up in the air is interim manager Sam Perlozzo, whose contract runs out after this year. Flanagan said he believed a decision on Perlozzo would come shortly after the season.

"One of the first things we'll deal with is the manager situation," Flanagan said. . . .

The Orioles announced that second baseman Brian Roberts was named the team's most valuable player.

Miguel Tejada "is always in consideration for that," Perlozzo said. "Brian, I think, was a little more steady and caused a lot of havoc. I think he deserved it."