MacPhail's 1st job is putting together list of candidates

June 26, 2007|By Dan Connolly | Dan Connolly,SUN REPORTER

It has been more than a week since the Orioles fired manager Sam Perlozzo, and the search to find his replacement begins in earnest today when new club president Andy MacPhail settles in at the warehouse.

MacPhail and the Orioles' front office thought an extended search wouldn't be necessary when they made an offer to former Florida Marlins manager Joe Girardi last week. But after Girardi turned them down, the club started over with plenty of possibilities and no specific front-runner.

Because of previous personal commitments, MacPhail couldn't start his new job responsibilities until this morning. He expects to have introductory meetings with club officials today and will begin to assemble a list of potential managerial candidates.

It eventually will be whittled down to a handful of choices before interviewing begins. MacPhail has not put a time limit on the process.

Those who could receive consideration include three former Orioles: Davey Johnson, who was the last manager to lead the team to a winning record, in 1997; Don Baylor, former Chicago Cubs and Colorado Rockies manager, who currently works for Mid-Atlantic Sports Network; and Rick Dempsey, a longtime coach and minor league manager who also works for MASN.

Other possibilities include Chicago White Sox bench coach Joey Cora and New York Mets bench coach Jerry Manuel. Two former managers who have worked with MacPhail, Tom Kelly (in Minnesota) and Dusty Baker (in Chicago), have said initially they are not interested in the Orioles job.

Interim manager Dave Trembley, 3-3 since taking over for Perlozzo, is also in the running.

Note -- Catcher Alberto Castillo cleared waivers and was outrighted to Triple-A Norfolk, the club announced. Castillo hit .161 in 11 games during two separate stints with the Orioles this season. He was designated for assignment to make room for catcher Ramon Hernandez.

dan.connolly@baltsun.com

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