Dauer, Dempsey wait on deck in O's search

Sources: Two to interview next week for manager job

Baseball

October 10, 2003|By Joe Christensen | Joe Christensen,SUN STAFF

When the Orioles resume interviewing candidates for their vacant managerial post next week, Milwaukee Brewers bench coach Rich Dauer will go Wednesday and Orioles first base coach Rick Dempsey will go Thursday, major league sources said yesterday.

By the time Dauer and Dempsey interview, the Orioles will already have met with Eddie Murray and Sam Perlozzo - the two men who are believed to be the leading candidates for the job - but that wasn't dampening their spirits yesterday.

"I know I might not be the favorite," Dauer said, "but I'm not afraid to mix it up and see what happens."

Said Dempsey: "I'll be prepared. I can tell you that."

Orioles vice presidents Jim Beattie and Mike Flanagan interviewed Murray on Oct. 2, three days after firing Mike Hargrove as manager. Scheduling conflicts put the process on hold this week, but Beattie and Flanagan will resume the search Tuesday, with Perlozzo's interview.

As of yesterday, it was still uncertain when or if any other candidates would interview, though Triple-A Ottawa manager Gary Allenson is still in the mix.

Dauer and Dempsey were both members of the Orioles' 1979 and 1983 World Series teams, along with Murray and Flanagan.

Dauer, 51, has climbed his way through the major league coaching ranks after spending 10 years as a second baseman for the Orioles. His only managing experience came with the independent-league San Bernardino (Calif.) Spirits in 1987. He was a roving minor league instructor for the Orioles in 1992 before moving on to the Kansas City Royals, who kept him as their third base coach from 1997 to 2002.

Last year, Dauer served as the Milwaukee Brewers' bench coach under first-year manager Ned Yost. Dauer said it would fulfill his longtime dream to become Orioles manager someday, and he doesn't mind going through the process with Murray, Perlozzo and Dempsey.

"I think it's awesome," he said. "I really believe with Mike [Flanagan] and Jim [Beattie] in there, one way or the other, they're going to make the right decision."

Dauer has never interviewed for another major league managing job, but this will be Dempsey's fifth chance. Dempsey, 54, interviewed with the Orioles in 1994 and 1999, and the Philadelphia Phillies and Los Angeles Dodgers in 2000.

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