Baltimore Orioles majority owner Peter Angelos, seeking to wrap up the team's search for a new manager, conducted a follow-up interview Sunday with former Cleveland Indians manager Mike Hargrove and was believed to have met today with Boston Red Sox bench coach Grady Little.
An announcement on a hiring is expected in the next day or two. Angelos did not return telephone messages today.
Hargrove, who was fired by the Indians despite winning five consecutive division titles, flew to Baltimore on Sunday morning, spent the afternoon with Angelos and flew back home to Perryton, Tex., afterward. Angelos "said they would contact me one way or the other when the decision was made," Hargrove said. "I enjoyed the conversation. I'm not much of a conversationalist, but I enjoyed our talk."
Angelos met this morning with Orioles Executive Vice President John Angelos, chairman's representative Louis Angelos and director of player personnel Syd Thrift, who together spearheaded the team's managerial search. He is believed to have met with Little late this afternoon.
Little, 49, was high on the original list of managerial candidates compiled by Peter Angelos and then-general manager Frank Wren before Wren was fired Oct. 7. Although he does not have previous major league managing experience, he managed in the minor leagues for 16 years and led the Atlanta Braves' Class AA Greenville team to a 100-43 season in 1992.
Little also interviewed for the Milwaukee Brewers' managerial position. The Brewers reportedly are close to naming Davey Lopes as their manager.
Another strong candidate is Orioles third-base coach Sam Perlozzo, 48, whom Peter Angelos interviewed on two occasions. Perlozzo officially became unemployed at midnight Sunday, along with fellow Orioles coaches Eddie Murray and Elrod Hendricks, when their contracts ran out. Perlozzo said he has been contacted by other teams for coaching positions, but is waiting to see what happens with the Orioles.
Perlozzo is a popular and respected clubhouse figure and is believed to have received endorsements from key Orioles veterans B.J. Surhoff and Mike Mussina.