The list of experienced managerial candidates grew by another name today when the Cleveland Indians fired Mike Hargrove, just as the Baltimore Orioles prepare to begin their search for a successor to Ray Miller.
Hargrove's firing leaves six major league managing jobs open. The Chicago Cubs, Colorado Rockies, Anaheim Angels and Milwaukee Brewers also are without managers.
In addition to Hargrove, Don Baylor, Buddy Bell, Terry Collins, Larry Parrish and Jim Riggleman also are available. The Detroit Tigers fired Parrish on Thursday and hired former Brewers manager Phil Garner, who at one time was among the Orioles' top preliminary candidates.
On Monday, Orioles majority owner Peter Angelos will meet with his top team executives to begin the search for a successor to Miller, who was dismissed on Oct. 6.
"It will be the first time Peter will have gotten everyone together to review the entire Orioles situation," Vice Chairman and Chief Operating Officer Joe Foss said today. "We will review where we're at, and put together a plan on how to go forward."
Hargrove was fired just three days after three straight losses to the Boston Red Sox in the first round of the playoffs ended the Indians' season. Hargrove led the Indians to five straight division titles and two American League pennants.
"This is a difficult decision for all of us here," Indians General Manager John Hart said. "There is a need for a new energy, a new voice, coming from the clubhouse."
Foss declined to speak about individual candidates today. The Orioles have interviewed only one candidate so far, current third-base coach Sam Perlozzo, who met with Angelos a week ago. Bench coach Eddie Murray also has expressed a desire to be interviewed.
Soon after Miller's firing, the Orioles contacted Garner, former Rockies manager Jim Leyland and St. Louis Cardinals Manager Tony La Russa. Leyland reaffirmed his decision to retire, La Russa re-signed with the Cardinals, and Garner deferred until he knew what other job prospects he had.
The Orioles' meeting on Monday will include Angelos, Foss, executive vice president John Angelos, chairman's representative Lou Angelos, assistant general manager Bruce Manno, director of player personnel Syd Thrift, scouting director Tony DeMacio and director of player development Tom Trebelhorn.
At the team's week-long organizational meetings in Lakeland, Fla., which ended today, Foss and John Angelos outlined their plan to split the baseball-operations duties between those executives until a general manager is named to replace Frank Wren, who was fired last week. Foss and Angelos gave no timetable for filling the two openings.