As the Baltimore Orioles completed their fourth week without a manager today, the leading candidates waited anxiously for news. Majority owner Peter Angelos, the only person who seems to know for certain who Ray Miller's successor will be, remained silent.
"We gave him a lot of information," said director of player personnel Syd Thrift, who was part of the search committee that forwarded its findings to Angelos last week.
Angelos did not return repeated phone messages today.
Former Cleveland Indians manager Mike Hargrove, who remains one of three favorites along with Orioles third-base coach Sam Perlozzo and Boston Red Sox bench coach Grady Little, said he was led to believe a decision would be made by Wednesday, which is one day before Hargrove takes his family on vacation.
"I'm under the impression they would let me know one way or the other before we leave," Hargrove said.
Hargrove, 50, met with Angelos on Sunday afternoon, leading to speculation that he was Angelos's choice to succeed Miller, who was fired on Oct. 6.
But the Orioles flew Little back to Baltimore on Monday for a second round of interviews, including a one-on-one session with Angelos, followed by dinner with Thrift and Angelos's sons, Orioles Executive Vice President John Angelos and chairman's representative Louis Angelos.
"I felt very good about it," Little said. "They said it wouldn't be long. I'm just in a holding pattern."
It is believed that Little has the support of at least one key member of the Orioles' hierarchy, but that Angelos is more inclined to promote Perlozzo--who, like Little, does not have any major league managing experience but was successful as a minor league manager--if he decides to go with an unproven commodity.
Perlozzo, 48, had a record of 364-263 in five years of managing in the minors from 1982 to 1986. Little, 49, went 1,054-903 in 16 years from 1980 to '95.
Hargrove has by far the most extensive resume of the nine candidates the Orioles interviewed, having led the Indians to five consecutive division titles before being fired.