O's to meet Francona, Foley for manager job

A's, Devil Rays coaches will be 5th, 6th interviews

Baseball

October 25, 2003|By Joe Christensen | Joe Christensen,SUN STAFF

NEW YORK - The Orioles lined up two more interviews for their vacant managerial post yesterday, with Oakland Athletics bench coach Terry Francona scheduled for Tuesday and Tampa Bay Devil Rays third base coach Tom Foley scheduled for Wednesday.

They also have received permission to interview New York Yankees first base coach Lee Mazzilli, though those plans may not be made final until after the World Series.

Francona and Foley will be the fifth and sixth candidates to interview for the job, respectively. The other four people interviewed - Eddie Murray, Sam Perlozzo, Rich Dauer and Rick Dempsey - all have strong ties to the Orioles.

Major league sources have said the Orioles may also try to interview Grady Little if the Boston Red Sox make the expected move and fire him next week. The Red Sox must decide whether to pick up his option by Friday, and yesterday's Boston Herald had a team official saying he would be "real surprised" if Little were retained.

Francona, 44, will be the first candidate the Orioles have interviewed with major league managerial experience. He managed the Philadelphia Phillies from 1997 to 2000, posting a 285-363 record. He interviewed last week for the Chicago White Sox's managerial post.

As a player, Francona spent 10 seasons in the big leagues, including five with the Montreal Expos. He hit .274 for his career.

Foley, 44, has been with the Devil Rays' organization since 1996. His managing experience includes one season with Rookie-level Butte (Montana), and one season in the Arizona Fall League. He ran Tampa Bay's farm system from 1997 to 2000.

He hit .244 in 13 major league seasons, mostly with the Expos.

Orioles executive vice president Jim Beattie has said the club hopes to have a new manager in place by early November.

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