Possible successors to Ray Miller

Shake-up At Camden Yards

October 08, 1999|By Joe Strauss

Jim Riggleman

Age: 46

Major-league managerial record: 486-598

Status: Unemployed

Background: After taking the Cubs to the NL wild card in 1998, Riggleman suffered the consequences for this year's disastrous 67-95 last-place season. Riggleman became the first manager fired after the season and was believed a leading candidate of ousted general manager Frank Wren. The two opposed each other as minor-league managers. Riggleman served as San Diego Padres manager in 1993-94. The Padres lost 101 games his first season and he was fired after a 47-70 finish the next season. He was immediately hired by the Cubs. Comfortable serving as spokesman for a large-market franchise, Riggleman addressed his recent dismissal matter-of-factly with Chicago reporters. He briefly sparred with first baseman Mark Grace early in the season but is perceived as able to identify with players. Riggleman is a Frostburg State ('74) grad and az member of the school's Hall of Fame.

Sam Perlozzo

Age: 48

Major-league managerial record: None

Status: Orioles third-base coach

Background: Perlozzo and Elrod Hendricks are the sole survivors of the Davey Johnson regime, hardly an organizational gold star within the warehouse. However, Perlozzo is also one of the game's most respected and longest-tenured third-base coaches, having served for Lou Piniella for six seasons and Johnson for five. Perlozzo's duties also include infield coach. He helped Cal Ripken's transition from shortstop to third base in 1997 and helped rookie Jerry Hairston's adjustment to second base. The Orioles established a major-league record for fewest errors in 1998. Perlozzo's managerial experience is limited to five seasons (1982-86) in the New York Mets' minor-league system but he is expected to receive an interview once the Orioles begin their search. Perlozzo's desire is to remain with the organization, though his contract expires at month's end.

Tom Trebelhorn

Age: 51

Major-league managerial record: 471-461

Status: Orioles' director of player development

Background: Trebelhorn has served with the Orioles for four seasons, the most recent as Syd Thrift's successor as director of player development. Trebelhorn balances a breadth of experience, including managerial stints with the Milwaukee Brewers and Chicago Cubs. In 1987, he was recognized by Baseball America as its Manager of the Year. Trebelhorn also managed in the Australian Winter League in 1997. Had general manager Frank Wren gotten his way, Trebelhorn would have been named interim manager this season. Majority owner Peter Angelos believed Trebelhorn's contributions as player development head too significant to risk disrupting that department. Before being promoted last winter, Trebelhorn had served as Orioles' minor-league coordinator of instruction for three years.

Don Baylor

Age: 50

Major-league managerial record: 440-469

Status: Atlanta Braves hitting coach

Background: First manager of the ex- pansion Colorado Rockies in 1993, Baylor steered them to a wild-card berth in only the franchise's third season. The Rockies produced three winning seasons in their first five years before a disappointing 77-85 record in 1998 led to Baylor's ouster. At the urging of general manager John Schuerholz, Baylor immediately landed with the Atlanta Braves, who set a franchise record for runs scored this season. Baylor was named National League Manager of the Year in 1995. His strong credentials as a major-league player made him an exception among major-league managers. He remains the only designated hitter to win an MVP Award, doing so with the 1979 California Angels. He also slugged 338 home runs and 1,276 RBIs during a 19-year playing career, which began in Baltimore (1970-75). His best season with the Orioles was in 1975, when he hit 25 home runs with 76 RBIs. The career American Leaguer later hit 30 home runs three times and drove in at least 90 runs five times.

Marv Foley

Age: 46

Major-league managerial record: None

Status: Orioles first-base coach

Background: Before he joined Ray Miller's staff last Nov. 12, Foley crafted a reputation as one of the game's most successful minor-league managers. In four seasons at Triple-A Rochester his teams finished first twice and won the 1997 International League championship. Foley also won the Pacific League title in 1989 and an American Association crown in 1993, making him the only manager to win titles in each Triple-A league. Foley served as a minor-league manager in 11 of 12 previous seasons. His only previous major-league coaching experience came in 1994 as Chicago Cubs bullpen coach. He has managed during the winter in Puerto Rico, Venezuela and Mexico.

Phil Garner

Age: 50

Major-league managerial record: 563-617

Status: Unemployed

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