Baltimore Orioles bench coach Eddie Murray is the latest candidate to interview with the team for its vacant manager's position, baseball sources said.
Murray, one of the most popular players in Orioles history and a favorite of majority owner Peter Angelos, left his post as manager of the Scottsdale Scorpions of the Arizona Fall League this weekend to fly to Baltimore.
Murray had no managing experience prior to accepting the position with Scottsdale in the Arizona Fall League, a two-month developmental league. But he has stated his desire to be a major league manager and recently let the Orioles know of his interest in their opening.
Murray, 43, becomes the ninth person to interview for the Orioles' manager job, which was vacated when the team dismissed Ray Miller after the season.
The others are current Orioles coaches Sam Perlozzo and Marv Foley, Reds bench coach Ken Griffey Sr., Phillies hitting coach Hal McRae, former Indians manager Mike Hargrove, former Cubs manager Jim Riggleman, Red Sox bench coach Grady Little and Dodgers bullpen coach Rick Dempsey.
The Orioles' search committee is expected to choose a handful of finalists, who then will be brought back to meet with Angelos. It is unlikely an announcement will come before the end of the World Series.