Friday, October 14, 2005

PERLOZZO: THE NEW TAG: MANAGER OF THE BALTIMORE ORIOLES

Finally the pro tem tag is gone! Perlozzo signed a three-year contract with the Orioles. His long-awaited administrative shot came under less than idyllic conditions. Perlozzo, 54, had spent 19 seasons as a major league coach before being tabbed to replace Mazzilli, who was fired on August 4. Perlozzo inherited a club which had lost eight straight games and 16 of 18 after leading the American League East Division for more than two months. It is going to be worth noticing how he will guide a team trying to end a run of eight straight losing seasons. The 54-year-old Perlozzo anticipated to get the job two years ago, but the Orioles preferred to hire Mazzilli. Perlozzo got his first managerial job with Little Falls, the New York Mets' affiliate in the New York-Penn League in 1982. Prior to that he had a nine-year career as a player that included 12 big-league games with Minnesota and San Diego. In 1987, he became the third base coach with the Mets organization. With the Cincinnati Reds and Seattle he assumed the same designation in 1990 and 1993. Perlozzo third base coach in Baltimore under Davey Johnson in 1996. After serving that role for five years, he was promoted to bench coach when Mike Hargrove arrived in Baltimore. In 2002, he became a finalist for the Mariners' job. But Bob Melvin, a rookie manager whom Perlozzo once coached in the minors, was chosen instead. Although Melvin was dismissed after last season, he was ironically replaced Hargrove. When Hargrove was fired in Baltimore, Perlozzo replaced as his successor. Perlozzo was the second-longest tenured coach on Baltimore's staff, having been bench coach since 2001 and third base coach the previous five seasons.

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