Firings give Oates more candidates

October 11, 1991|By Ken Rosenthal | Ken Rosenthal,Evening Sun Staff

The firings of four major-league managers the last four days will further delay the Orioles' hiring of three new coaches, manager John Oates said last night.

Oates said he received at least 10 phone calls from prospective coaches before getting rehired Monday, and that number will only increase as teams change coaches as well as managers.

"It's kind of hard to comprehend how much is going on right now," Oates said from his home in Richmond, Va.

"Every day more people are becoming available. There's no timetable to when the staff will be completed because of all that's going on."

Seattle's Jim Lefebvre was fired yesterday, joining Milwaukee's Tom Trebelhorn, Boston's Joe Morgan and New York's Stump Merrill in the latest rash of dismissals.

Oates does not know Trebelhorn, Morgan and Merrill personally, but he played for Los Angeles when Lefebvre was a Dodgers coach in 1978-79.

Asked if he likes Lefebvre, Oates said, "Yes." Asked if the club would pursue him, he said, "I don't know, I'd have to talk to [general manager] Roland [Hemond] first."

Oates already has interviewed Rochester manager Greg Biagini and pitching coach Dick Bosman, presumably for the positions vacated by first base coach Curt Motton and pitching coach Al Jackson.

He also wants to hire a baserunning coach, and is believed to have interest in Davey Lopes. Former Oriole Al Bumbry does not appear a possibility; he expects to return as Boston's first base coach.

The Red Sox hired Don Zimmer as their third-base coach and Rich Gale as their pitching coach yesterday, but Bumbry said last night he was confident of being retained by new manager Butch Hobson.

"I think I'm going to be there," Bumbry said from his Baltimore home. "That's what all the indications are. Butch Hobson called me today, but I haven't been able to call him back. It looks pretty good.

"If I was not going to be back, I would definitely check with the Orioles to see what plans they have," Bumbry added. "I definitely would be interested in talking to them."

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