With Dempsey gone, Orioles have an opening

December 06, 1992|By Peter Schmuck and Jim Henneman | Peter Schmuck and Jim Henneman,Staff Writers

Rick Dempsey's decision to accept a minor-league managing position with the Los Angeles Dodgers organization arrived as a changeup the Orioles were not expecting.

Dempsey informed the Orioles Friday that he had accepted the job of manager of Los Angeles' Single-A Bakersfield Dodgers because he wanted to be closer to his family's home near Los Angeles.

"I'm happy to see him get the job there," Orioles assistant general manager Doug Melvin said yesterday. "We had offered him the [Single-A] job at Frederick, but this will give him a chance to manage while still being close to home."

The Orioles said they were expecting Dempsey to accept the Frederick job, so they are not close to naming another Single-A manager.

Dempsey had asked the Orioles for a managing or coaching job after he was released by the club in October, but he apparently had hoped to start his coaching career a little higher up the organizational ladder.

"I had a long talk with Roland Hemond," Demsey said yesterday"and it was a very tough decision for me to make. I love the Orioles and the city of Baltimore."

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