The Baltimore Orioles and Manager Earl Weaver have agreed in principle to a part-time scout and consultant role for Weaver in 1983 that the retiring manager has been discussing and pushing for since late '81.
The contract, which may extend through 1984, would give the Orioles the legal right to prevent Weaver from managing for any other club.
According to Orioles owner Edward Bennett Williams, here for the summer owners meetings, he and Weaver met last weekend in Boston and, among other subjects, agreed that Orioles General Manager Hank Peters should draw up such a part-time contract for Weaver.
"Earl doesn't want to manage anywhere next season and he doesn't want to be pestered about it," said Williams. "This way, no other club will have the right to contact him without going through us. I think the contract will probably go through '84.
"Earl's been with the organization a long time and still wants to be part of it in some way and also stay under our pension arrangement and some other (side) benefits."
Such a contract, it is generally believed in baseball, would serve both Weaver and the Orioles.
For Weaver, there would be a small salary, plus those pension and medical benefits. Also, he would have an official team capacity which would keep anyone from feeling ill at ease should he feel like being around the team during spring training (Weaver lives in Miami).