Perlozzo to meet with Mariners

O's coach vies to succeed Piniella, return to Seattle

October 29, 2002|By Joe Christensen | Joe Christensen,SUN STAFF

Orioles bench coach Sam Perlozzo will interview Friday for the Seattle Mariners' managing job, which officially opened yesterday when former Mariners manager Lou Piniella signed with the Tampa Bay Devil Rays.

The Mariners contacted the Orioles for permission to speak with Perlozzo, who was Seattle's third base coach from 1993 to 1995.

"He's a very knowledgeable baseball man," Orioles vice president for baseball operations Syd Thrift said. "He's been a third base coach, a bench coach, a minor-league manager. He's done all the things it takes to be successful. He has a great capacity for work, and he's a great teacher."

Perlozzo posted a 364-263 record as a minor-league manager in the New York Mets' system from 1982 to 1986. The Orioles interviewed him in 1999 before they hired manager Mike Hargrove.

The Mariners also plan to interview their current bench coach, John McLaren, and pitching coach Bryan Price, along with former Chicago Cubs manager Jim Riggleman and former Philadelphia Phillies manager Lee Elia.

Another candidate reportedly on their list is New York Yankees third base coach Willie Randolph, and there is speculation Dusty Baker might be interested if he doesn't re-sign with the San Francisco Giants.

"Anytime you get interviewed for a managing job, you should never take it lightly," Perlozzo said. "I have a lot of friends out there [in Seattle], and I'm pleased they continue to think enough of me to think I can possibly lead their club."

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