Perlozzo wants Crowley to return

Some coaching decisions could come today

October 17, 2005|By JEFF ZREBIEC | JEFF ZREBIEC,SUN REPORTER

Orioles manager Sam Perlozzo is expected to make several decisions on the composition of his coaching staff as early as today, including likely announcing the return of longtime hitting coach Terry Crowley.

Perlozzo and Orioles executive vice president of baseball operations Mike Flanagan acknowledged that there will be some changes to the staff, but no final decisions had been made as of last night.

"We're working through a bunch of different scenarios," said Flanagan. "Sammy has leeway with the staff. We'd like to get this done before the end of the week. He is talking to a lot of the coaches. That's his thing right now."

Perlozzo said last night that he is still in the process of "finishing off a couple of things," choosing not to specifically discuss the status of third base coach Rick Dempsey, first base coach Dave Cash, bullpen coach Elrod Hendricks, bench coach Tom Trebelhorn or pitching coach Ray Miller.

As for Crowley, the Orioles' hitting coach for seven consecutive seasons and 11 overall, Perlozzo said that he wants him to return.

"We're working on that as we speak," the Orioles manager said. "I don't see a problem with it right now."

Trebelhorn, who moved from third base coach to bench coach after Perlozzo took over for the dismissed Lee Mazzilli, said that he and Perlozzo spoke about the team a couple of days ago.

"We just kind of talked about things that we should probably address as far as the team is concerned," said Trebelhorn. "I feel pretty good about [returning] or I don't think we'd be discussing those things. But until the contract comes, you never know."

In other news, Flanagan has interviewed three candidates for an upper-level management position in the organization, and although no formal offers have been made, he said that he is hoping to make a hire before the World Series begins.

Ruben Amaro Jr., a Philadelphia Phillies assistant general manager under former GM Ed Wade, who was fired this month, met with Orioles officials on Saturday, a day after the club interviewed former Tampa Bay assistant GM Scott Proefrock.

New York Mets senior vice president of baseball operations Jim Duquette was the first candidate interviewed in a process that Flanagan estimated the Orioles are "three-fourths" through.

"They've all been worthy candidates," said Flanagan, who said the team is still scheduling a few more interviews.

jeff.zrebiec@baltsun.com

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