Beattie: `Nothing new' on Perlozzo

October 07, 2005|By ROCH KUBATKO | ROCH KUBATKO,SUN REPORTER

Orioles interim manager Sam Perlozzo spoke to team officials yesterday, but the conversations didn't bring him any closer to learning whether he'll return in 2006.

Vice presidents Jim Beattie and Mike Flanagan have told Perlozzo the Orioles still are deciding what they're going to do. Perlozzo said he also doesn't believe anyone else has interviewed for the position, and no meetings with outside candidates are scheduled.

"There's nothing new as of now," Beattie said. "We're still working on it."

Reached by The Sun last night, owner Peter G. Angelos confirmed no decision has been made.

Team sources said an announcement could come by next week. Asked if there's a definite timetable, Beattie said, "I wouldn't speculate on it one way or the other."

The delay likely is tied to Beattie and Flanagan, whose contracts also expire this month. Angelos must determine whether they'll remain in the front office in their present capacities, be reassigned or turned loose.

"I'm not going to say it's been easy, but at the same time, I understand there probably is something else going on, Mike and Jim, getting them in place," Perlozzo said. "They have to get everything in order. That's what I have to believe.

"I'm going to put my faith in that and let it run its course."

The Orioles went 23-32 under Perlozzo, who replaced Lee Mazzilli on Aug. 4. They ended the season by sweeping the Tampa Bay Devil Rays in a three-game series in St. Petersburg, Fla., and finished in fourth place for the seventh time in eight years.

Sources have told The Sun that Angelos is leaning toward retaining him, but Perlozzo expected an announcement to come much sooner. He hoped the Orioles would make a commitment to him last month, perhaps during the final homestand, but it never happened.

"Patience is the only thing that's called for right now," Perlozzo said. "If you sit there and fret, if you worry about it, then it looks like you must not think you're going to get it.

"I can't say I'm worried. I'm just waiting."

Perlozzo will be in Baltimore this weekend to serve as grand marshal of Sunday's Columbus Day parade. The timing would be ideal if the Orioles decide to hold a news conference.

"I still think I'm the guy," he said. "I don't know any other way."

roch.kubatko@baltsun.com

Sun reporter Dan Connolly contributed to this article.

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