The Baltimore Orioles' search for a new manager picked up speed yesterday when former Orioles fan-favorite Rick Dempsey and former Chicago Cubs manager Jim Riggleman interviewed. Today, the Orioles will meet with Reds hitting coach Ken Griffey Sr., former Kansas City Royals manager Hal McRae, Boston Red Sox bench coach Grady Little and Orioles first base coach Marv Foley.
They join former Cleveland Indians manager Mike Hargrove, who interviewed on Wednesday, and current Orioles coach Sam Perlozzo on the list of interviewees so far. Perlozzo has had two interviews; Foley's interview today will be his second.
Dempsey, currently the Los Angeles Dodgers' bullpen coach, played for the Orioles from 1976 to '86 and again in 1992, and has five years of minor league managing experience. Orioles majority owner Peter Angelos is known to be fond of Dempsey, who was considered briefly when Miller was hired after the 1997 season.
Riggleman, 46, is a Maryland native and a graduate of Frostburg State whose mother and other family members still live in Frederick. He was fired earlier this month after five seasons as Cubs manager, capped by a 67-95 record in 1999. Previously the manager of the San Diego Padres, Riggleman has a career managerial record of 486-598.
Neither Dempsey nor Riggleman could be reached last night, and the Orioles have declined to address their managerial search.
The Orioles are not expected to name a manager to replace Ray Miller, who was dismissed after the season, until after the World Series. They have asked for the Atlanta Braves' permission to interview bench coach Don Baylor, but were told to wait until after the Braves finish the postseason.
Because four other teams are still looking for a manager--Cleveland, Milwaukee, Anaheim and the Chicago Cubs--the Orioles have sped up their search, putting on hold their simultaneous search for a new director of baseball operations to replace fired general manager Frank Wren.
The Orioles' search committee consists of Executive Vice President John Angelos, chairman's representative Louis Angelos, directory of player personnel Syd Thrift, director of scouting Tony DeMacio and director of player development Tom Trebelhorn.