Baltimore Orioles majority owner Peter Angelos, who will decide whom the team hires as its manager, is expected to make his selection in the next day or two, then bring that person back for a final interview before offering him the job.
Angelos could not be reached to comment today, but the favorite remains former Cleveland manager Mike Hargrove. The Orioles' five-person search committee, which submitted its findings to Angelos last week, made no clear recommendation. But it is believed that Hargrove had the support of at least some on that committee.
Hargrove, 50, interviewed with the committee on Oct. 20. He did not meet with Angelos, whose sons--Orioles executive vice president John Angelos and chairman's representative Louis Angelo--have headed up the search committee.
Hargrove won five straight division titles in Cleveland, but was fired after losing to Boston in the first round of the American League playoffs. He did not return calls today.
Besides Hargrove the Orioles have interviewed coaches Eddie Murray, Sam Perlozzo and Marv Foley; former Cubs manager Jim Riggleman; Reds bench coach Ken Griffey Sr.; Red Sox bench coach Grady Little; Phillies hitting coach Hal McRae; and Dodgers bullpen coach Rick Dempsey.