Orioles appear set to name new GM in next day or two Klein, Malone remain front-runners for job

November 16, 1995|By Buster Olney | Buster Olney,SUN STAFF

The identity of the Orioles' next general manager could be hTC announced sometime in the next 36 hours, according to club and league sources.

Orioles owner Peter Angelos has been interviewing general manager candidates the last five weeks, and he and club counsel Russell Smouse seemingly have focused on two former general managers in their search.

Last week, former Detroit general manager Joe Klein, 53, met with Angelos and Smouse for a second interview. Previously, former Montreal general manager Kevin Malone, 38, went through two interviews. New York Mets scouting director John Barr, 37, interviewed with the Orioles on Nov. 4, and greatly impressed.

There would be pros and cons to hiring each of the three:

* Klein, raised in Baltimore, has the most relative experience in scouting and player development of the three candidates, and is generally credited with turning around the Tigers' franchise the last two years. On the other hand, he has been the GM of three teams, none of which have been big winners.

* Malone has a solid background in scouting, and in his two seasons as general manager of the Expos he made a number of good trades and learned how to run a successful club on a tight budget. But colleagues privately criticize him for his outspokenness.

* Barr has a strong history in scouting and worked closely with Joe McIlvaine, when McIlvaine was GM of the San Diego Padres and now that they are both with the Mets. However, Barr has no first-hand experience as a general manager -- and what must be fresh in the minds of Orioles' officials is the rampant criticism aimed at first-year manager Phil Regan last summer.

The Orioles also have interviewed former St. Louis GM Dal

Maxvill and former Yankees GM Gene Michael, and approached former Toronto GM Pat Gillick.

New Orioles manager Davey Johnson, who attended the GM meetings in Arizona the last three days, flew into Baltimore last night and is expected to be on hand should the Orioles' GM be introduced today or tomorrow.

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