The Orioles will start today to formulate plans that will lead to personnel decisions for next season.
Between 35 and 40 members of the organization, from club president Larry Lucchino to area scouts, will sit in on three days of meetings at the Omni Hotel.
The all-day session today will be the only one attended by manager Frank Robinson and his coaching staff. Tomorrow and Saturday will be devoted to evaluation of talent at the minor-league level.
Asked if his primary interest in the meetings was to evaluate major-league players or to get reports on the minor leagues, Robinson said: "Both. We'll give our thoughts about the personnel here and what we think our needs are. And we'll get an idea about the minor leaguers who might be able to help us."
Robinson already has seen most of the prospects who could figure into the Orioles' plans for next year, but says it's important to hear other evaluations. "It's good to get a feel for what the scouts have seen -- how they evaluate our own talent," he said. "Sometimes when you're around a player all the time you get 'locked in.' It's good to hear what other people think.
"You have good meetings when everybody's objective. That's why I encourage these guys [his coaches] to give their opinions. Even if they are the only ones to feel a certain way, get it on the record."
At the conclusion of today's meeting, the club will hold a reception, during which Leo Gomez and Anthony Telford will be honored as the minor-league player and pitcher of the year. Both are currently with the Orioles.
* ADDING A FOOT TO HIS FASTBALL: If Brian DuBois goes on to have a successful major-league career, he'll be a leg up on Tommy John. Or at least a foot.
It's been almost a generation ago since John became something of a medical marvel, having a tendon transplanted from his right arm to his left. Yesterday at Children's Hospital, DuBois had a similar operation -- except that Drs. Charles Silberstein and Hugh Baugher took a tendon from his right foot.
The operation, which has become common since John's
success, is the same as the one Jose Mesa underwent two years ago. DuBois, who was traded to Detroit for Keith Moreland last year, was claimed on waivers from the Tigers Aug. 30. He is expected to begin his rehabilitation during spring training next year.
* FINLEY ON TEAR: Steve Finley had two more hits last night and not so quietly is solidifying his position in the Orioles' outfield. In his last 40 games, Finley is hitting .333 (44-for-132).
His season average is now at .269.
* AROUND THE HORN: Cal Ripken had his first three-hit game since July 25 and now has a 12-game hitting streak, longest of the year by an Oriole. It was only the second multi-hit game during the streak.
Cal and Bill Ripken's next double play will be their 200th in the major leagues. They have started 414 games together at shortstop and second base.
This is getting to be a weighty matter: It has been brought to the Orioles' attention that Bobby Shantz pitched in the big leagues while weighing 139 pounds, 3 less than Dan Boone, recently recalled from Rochester. But the Orioles got Boone on the scale yesterday and he also checked in at 139. The last pitcher to weigh less, according to official listings, was Nick Carter, a 126-pounder who performed for the Philadelphia Athletics in 1908.
Chris Hoiles, catching for the second straight night, had three hits -- two doubles and a single . . . Last night was only the second time in the last 10 games that the Orioles scored before the fifth inning, and only the ninth time in the last 41 games that they've been in double figures in hits (12). It also marked the first time the Orioles had beaten the Red Sox in consecutive games since the first two meetings last year.