Hargrove-Angelos meeting arranged

Favorable get-together could seal O's job for ex-Indians manager

November 01, 1999|By Joe Strauss | Joe Strauss,SUN STAFF

Former Cleveland Indians manager Mike Hargrove has been contacted about a meeting with majority owner Peter Angelos, indicating that the Orioles' managerial search is nearing its conclusion, a source close to the situation said yesterday.

Hargrove, one of several names advanced by Angelos' five-man advisory committee, is considered the front-runner to succeed Ray Miller, according to club and industry sources. But Hargrove has yet to discuss contractual issues with ownership.

Hargrove will be the third candidate to interview with Angelos. Incumbent third base coach Sam Perlozzo and first base coach Marv Foley met with Angelos in the search's early stages. Perlozzo and Boston Red Sox bench coach Grady Little are also said to be finalists for the position, according to a club source.

Hargrove could not be reached for comment last night.

Perlozzo and Little said they had not heard from Angelos or his committee since last week. Little was contacted Friday by director of player personnel Syd Thrift's office regarding his availability for a possible interview early this week.

As of today, Perlozzo and fellow coaches Elrod Hendricks and Eddie Murray are without contracts and could serve as attractive candidates for several teams with unsettled staffs. The Milwaukee Brewers, Indians and Anaheim Angels also are involved in managerial searches, while the Seattle Mariners released some coaches Friday.

Perlozzo, one of the game's most respected third base and infield coaches, previously coached for Mariners manager Lou Piniella with the Cincinnati Reds.

Pitching coach Bruce Kison and hitting coach Terry Crowley are signed through next season. Foley's contract runs through the rest of the year.

Perlozzo, who has not campaigned for the job, said last night that he would retain last year's coaching staff if named to succeed Miller. Hargrove remains close with Jeff Newman and Brian Graham, his base coaches in Cleveland.

Hargrove, 50, owns the most impressive resume of any candidate.

The Indians won five consecutive AL Central titles under him and twice advanced to the World Series, losing the world championship in 1995 to the Atlanta Braves and in 1997 to the Florida Marlins.

The Orioles are determined to name a manager by midweek, but that timetable may accelerate given a positive meeting between Angelos and Hargrove.

Angelos is prepared to meet with as many as three candidates before announcing the Orioles' next manager.

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