Angelos: Johnson will manage Orioles in 1998 Orioles owner also wants another shot at Yankees

October 06, 1997|By Joe Strauss | Joe Strauss,SUN STAFF

Orioles majority owner Peter Angelos moved to end the continuing speculation about manager Davey Johnson's job security last night, saying that Johnson will be back to serve the third and final year of his contract. However, Angelos called any talk of an extension for Johnson premature.

"He's got another year on his contract. There's no reason to believe the Orioles will dismiss him," Angelos said. "Let's just say he'll be in the third year of his contract."

Angelos, who has disagreed with Johnson on numerous issues during his two-year tenure as manager -- most recently the July fining of second baseman Roberto Alomar -- said any rumors about Johnson's pending demise were not of the owner's making.

"The only suggestions Davey Johnson would not be part of the Orioles next year is the one he stated," Angelos said. "It never came before me or the front office. If Davey is feeling more confident today, he has every right to."

Angelos also said he relishes a return match against the New York Yankees in the American League Championship Series. When the Yankees toppled the Orioles at Camden Yards last October, Angelos promised the scene would never repeat itself.

"There's a natural rivalry between the Yankees and the Orioles. It has been traditional and in the last three or four years it has crystallized. If that's the way this develops, then as [Yankees owner George] Steinbrenner says, 'We'll show up; we'll be there and we'll be accountable.' I can say without equivocation it would be a pleasure to play the Yankees, to defeat them. I think our team is at least as good. We have dominated the division all season."

Pub Date: 10/06/97

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