Indians' Regan to meet with Angelos today

October 15, 1994|By Tom Keegan | Tom Keegan,Sun Staff Writer

With Cleveland Indians pitching coach Phil Regan in Baltimore yesterday, the Orioles turned their managerial search into a covert operation. Joe Foss, Roland Hemond and Frank Robinson, three of the four members of the search committee, didn't return phone messages.

The gag order has been imposed, but it didn't reach foreign soil.

Regan, a finalist for the Orioles' managing vacancy, flew to Baltimore yesterday and will meet with owner Peter Angelos today, confirmed David Jauss, the third base coach on the Caracas team Regan manages in the Venezuelan League.

"Phil isn't supposed to leave Baltimore for Texas until Sunday," Jauss said yesterday. "We talked this morning, and he said he's looking forward to meeting with Mr. Angelos [today]."

Jauss, hired for his first coaching job in professional baseball by Hemond, as a minor-league instructor with the Chicago White Sox, is among those who believe Regan is on the brink of his first major-league managing job, in Baltimore or Texas.

"Most pitching coaches stick strictly with pitching," said Jauss, named Eastern League Manager of the Year for his efforts in Harrisburg. "Phil's gone beyond that point more than any pitching coach I've ever run into. He's been an advance scout. He's coached in college and managed in winter ball to make sure he knows the entire game."

Elsewhere, an American League source indicated Tony La Russa is virtually locked up to stay in Oakland, and an announcement is expected Monday. Another source indicated the Boston Red Sox have decided they will not hire Johnny Oates for their managing vacancy despite an "impressive interview."

In Cincinnati, the Reds rewarded general manager Jim Bowden's impressive second season with a five-year contract extension. Bowden would like to extend Davey Johnson's contract but has said he will not talk about that with Johnson until his Orioles situation is resolved.

The Orioles plan to bring Johnson in for a second interview, but Johnson says he has not been contacted about a second interview. Rick Dempsey and Jeff Torborg apparently have not been ruled out as candidates for a second interview.

The Orioles also interviewed Davey Lopes, Bill Virdon, Elrod Hendricks, Buck Rodgers and Chris Chambliss for the vacancy created when Oates was fired.

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