How well do you know Orioles' candidates?


October 09, 1994|By TOM KEEGAN

Testing your knowledge of the Orioles' managerial search with a 10-question pop quiz:

1. Name three individuals either asking or answering questions in the interviews who participated in the 1966 World Series, a four-game sweep by the Orioles over the Dodgers.

2. True or false. This question was asked of at least one candidate: How would you feel about having Rick Dempsey as your bench coach?

3. A candidate for the job, he teamed with Rickey Henderson the year Henderson stole a record 130 bases and Henderson credited him with improving his base-stealing technique and attitude.

4. What did Joe Foss' Baseball and Ken Burns' "Baseball" have in common?

5. Which candidate once was accused of cheating when Vaseline popped out of his pocket as he slid into second base?

6. One of the candidates once managed another and got his start in professional baseball the year after his former pupil was born. Name them.

7. Name the candidate who succeeded Frank Robinson as manager of the Cleveland Indians.

8. He played college baseball and basketball at Texas A&M and is a licensed pilot. Name him.

9. Which candidate is nicknamed "Quail"?

10. Which candidate is nicknamed "Vulture"?

Answers below.

Thomas to Cards?

Philadelphia Phillies general manager Lee Thomas, the 1993 Major League Executive of the Year, will interview this week for the St. Louis Cardinals GM vacancy, but the Phillies won't let him take the job without receiving compensation in return.

The Cubs surrendered a Double-A player and cash to the Minnesota Twins for hiring Andy MacPhail.

It's conceivable Phillies president Bill Giles could ask a similarly modest return for Thomas. Why? As an excuse for letting him go and hiring a GM who would not demand top wages.

Thomas' contract runs through 1996 with an option for 1997. His salary is not in line with those of GM's who recently signed contracts. Boston's Dan Duquette, for example, has an a deal estimated at $3.5 million for five years.

Cardinals president Mark Lamping told Giles he would make a quick decision regarding Thomas in order to keep the Phillies from hanging in limbo.

Thomas worked for the Cardinals for 18 years and left the organization when he was bypassed in favor of Dal Maxvill in 1985. He has been the Phillies' GM since June, 1988.

Holdout hits the books

Scott Boras client Jason Varitek, the catcher drafted but not signed by the Seattle Mariners, has exhausted his NCAA eligibility but is taking classes at Georgia Tech and working out with the team.

Boras argues that since Varitek is back at a four-year college he still should be treated as a college player. But Major League Baseball ruled last month that the Seattle Mariners still own his rights. Boras has threatened to take the case to court in an attempt to grant his client the right to negotiate with all 28 teams.

Varitek seeks an $850,000 signing bonus and the Mariners are offering $400,000. Varitek, drafted by the Minnesota Twins in 1993, is 27 hours short of receiving a management degree.

Tough not to side with Boras and Varitek on this one. The Mariners are living in the past by offering him $400,000 when the average for first-round picks was nearly double that figure.

Saving money, not games

Atlanta Braves closer Greg McMichael is not waiting for the strike to end to continue earning money for his baseball skill. McMichael works part time for Denny's Baseball Fever in Cumming, Ga. Students pay $25 apiece to partake in 90-minute clinics McMichael conducts.

"The strike could last a while, be a real dogfight," McMichael said. "I don't want to deplete all my savings and then not have a job. The younger players, like myself, so they are not tempted to cross over the line because of money need to get a job. We should prepare ourselves to stay out as long as we have to."

Bo won't retire, won't cross

Bo Jackson of the California Angels considered making 1994 his last season, but since has changed his mind.

"To be honest, all my intentions are to come back next year and play," Jackson told The Los Angeles Times. "I would love to come back with the Angels. If something better comes up, I'll have to look at my options. But if I'm healthy, I'll be back."

The Cleveland Indians attempted to acquire Jackson before trading for Dave Winfield, so they might be interested in signing him if the Angels are not.

"There's definite interest [in re-signing Jackson]," said Angel general manager Bill Bavasi. "But it will fluctuate depending on [designated hitter] Chili Davis. The role will have to be limited. We don't want to work him in the outfield as much as we did, or not even close to that. It's possible a guy like that will want to DH, but we'll have to see if we're going to butt heads on that or not."

Expected to be a pinch-hitter last season, Jackson instead played in 75 of the Angels' 115 games, including 46 games in the outfield. He batted .279 with 13 homers and 43 RBIs, ranking third on the team to Davis and Tim Salmon.

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