O's VPs, Angelos discuss options

Beattie, Flanagan take ideas about manager to owner

no decision made

`We're still in the process'

Ninth candidate possible

Mazzilli to coach third for Yankees if he returns

November 05, 2003|By Joe Christensen | Joe Christensen,SUN STAFF

Orioles vice presidents Mike Flanagan and Jim Beattie met with team owner Peter Angelos late yesterday afternoon to discuss the team's managerial search, but when the meeting adjourned, it was still unclear how close the club is to making a decision.

"We're still in the process of discussing it," Beattie said. "At this point, we have to decide what our next step is, whether to bring someone in for a second interview or to make the decision with what we've got right now."

Lee Mazzilli, Sam Perlozzo, Rich Dauer and Eddie Murray have emerged as the four finalists, and club sources have indicated that Mazzilli emerged from the first round of interviews as the leading candidate.

But as of last night, the Orioles had not contacted any of the candidates to update their status or schedule a second round of interviews.

The Orioles interviewed eight candidates for the position, including Rick Dempsey, Terry Francona, Tom Foley and Grady Little. Yesterday, Beattie and Flanagan hadn't ruled out interviewing a ninth candidate for the job. "That's a possibility," Beattie said.

Beattie and Flanagan had hoped to finish the search this week, giving them time to prepare for next week's general managers meetings in Phoenix.

That goal may have to be pushed back. Beattie will be in Chicago tomorrow for a baseball-wide meeting on arbitration, so the window is shortening should the club decide to conduct more interviews.

But everyone involved considers it too big a decision to rush. Last week, Beattie told WBAL Radio he wasn't overly concerned about pushing the manager search past Nov. 10 - the first day clubs are allowed to bid on other teams' free agents.

Most years, the top free agents wait until at least mid-December, when the winter meetings start, to sign. But the Orioles, who fired Mike Hargrove on Sept. 29, also don't want to let the search linger past the middle of November.

Angelos has been briefed throughout the process, and he also has seen videotapes of the news conferences each candidate conducted after interviewing with members of the front office.

Starting with Murray's interview on Oct. 2, the Orioles announced that those media sessions would be part of the search process.

Mazzilli was given a little extra job security yesterday, when the New York Yankees announced he would be back as their third base coach next season after four years serving as first base coach - unless he lands the Orioles' job, of course.

"I hope Maz gets the Baltimore job," Yankees manager Joe Torre told reporters in New York. "I don't mind losing a coach that way."

Meanwhile, the Orioles added to their scouting staff yesterday, hiring Ty Brown as an area scout for the Mid-Atlantic region and promoting Dean Albany from part-time area scout to full-time roving scout.

Brown covered the Mid-Atlantic area for the New York Mets this season and had worked for Florida and Montreal.

Brown, the son of former Pittsburgh Pirates general manager Joe Brown, began his scouting career in 1989 with the California Angels.

Albany, a Linthicum native, has been a local area scout for the Orioles for the past four years and will continue managing the local Oriolelanders amateur team.

"Ty's a veteran scout who's had a lot of success, and there's a great heritage there," said Orioles scouting director Tony DeMacio. "Dean is probably the most visible [scouting] force in ... So adding both of those guys full time will help strengthen the organization."

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