Hargrove asks O's, but Perlozzo opts to stay put

ORIOLES NOTEBOOK

Seattle can't lure coach

Beattie shops in St. Louis

October 27, 2004|By Roch Kubatko | Roch Kubatko,SUN STAFF

As new Seattle Mariners manager Mike Hargrove tries piecing together his coaching staff, he won't get the chance to lure Sam Perlozzo away from the Orioles.

The Mariners sought permission to speak with Perlozzo, but were denied after the Orioles' bench coach decided that he wanted to remain in the organization.

Executive vice president Jim Beattie confirmed yesterday that the Mariners contacted the Orioles regarding Perlozzo, who worked under Hargrove for four seasons.

"We talked with Sam, and he came back to us and told us that he was not interested," Beattie said. "We then denied permission. He was not interested in talking to them."

Though Beattie indicated last week that he'd most likely prevent any team from speaking to a coach about making a lateral move, he first wanted to check with Perlozzo, who is under contract for 2005.

"Obviously, we were going to talk to him about it," Beattie said. "You want a happy employee, and I think he just confirmed that he's happy here. He's satisfied with staying and he wants to work with [manager Lee Mazzilli] and the coaches and do some good things with us, rather than go out there. But we did talk to him about it."

Perlozzo couldn't be reached to comment yesterday. Asked last week about the possibility of the Mariners seeking permission to interview him for a coaching job, he said, "Right now I'm under contract for next season, so it's a moot point. I enjoyed working with Grover, but Baltimore has been my home and I'd hate to have to leave. The only interest I'd have is if the Orioles had no interest in me.

"I wouldn't leave unless there weren't any plans here for me. I'm under contract, so as far as I know, I'm a Baltimore Oriole until someone tells me they don't want me."

No interviews

Beattie is in St. Louis for the World Series, but he apparently won't interview candidates for scouting director and director of minor league operations until he returns to Baltimore. His plans changed when vice president Mike Flanagan stayed behind because of an illness.

"There are some guys here that we're potentially going to talk to," Beattie said, "but I think it's going to be pushed back a little bit."

Sun staff writer Joe Christensen contributed to this article.

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