Orioles complete interview phase

October 08, 1994|By Tom Keegan | Tom Keegan,Sun Staff Writer

Four catchers, two second basemen, one first baseman, one outfielder, one pitcher.

Four candidates with extensive major-league managing experience. One minor-league manager, one pitching coach, one base-running coach, one bullpen coach, one hitting instructor.

Three men in their 40s, five in their 50s, one in his 60s. Three minorities, six white males.

Such is the composition of the nine men the Orioles interviewed for their managerial vacancy, created 12 days ago when Johnny Oates was fired with a year left on his contract.

In order, the Orioles interviewed Rick Dempsey, Davey Lopes, Bill Virdon, Phil Regan, Elrod Hendricks, Buck Rodgers, Chris Chambliss, Davey Johnson and Jeff Torborg.

Torborg, interviewed yesterday, was the ninth and final scheduled candidate to answer questions posed by general manager Roland Hemond, assistant GM Frank Robinson, attorney Russell Smouse and vice chairman Joe Foss.

Torborg was fired by the New York Mets after managing them to a 13-25 start in 1993. The Mets went 72-90 under him in 1992.

Torborg had a .515 winning percentage in three seasons with the White Sox (1989 to 1991). In 1990, their first season at new Comiskey Park, the White Sox improved from 69 wins to 94 wins.

"He's a good guy, a solid baseball guy, an impressive individual with a lot of strong family values and leadership experience," Foss said.

Said Hemond: "He made a good presentation. He's had good experience and background, but we haven't made any determination yet as to what our list will become."

The four men who have conducted the interviews are expected to compare notes early next week, then discuss their suggested list of finalists with Orioles owner Peter Angelos.

In a technical matter, the Orioles have asked waivers on Chris Sabo and Tom Bolton. When waivers expire next week, the players can accept minor-league assignments or declare themselves free agents.

In Sabo's case, the move is purely a technicality. The Orioles and Sabo, who agreed on little during his only season in Baltimore, where he suffered back trouble and lost his job to Leo Gomez, agreed that his association with the team is over.

Sabo, who signed a one-year contract with the Orioles, batted .256 with 11 home runs and 42 RBIs.

Hemond declined to comment on the moves.

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