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It is a real bad sign for a team's manager when the media begins talking about his replacement as if he were not even in the room.

That may be the most telling sign that Sam Perlozzo may not make it on the plane to San Diego for the Orioles' series with the Padres.

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The name that keeps coming up -- mainly because he's the name that has come up for every potential job so far -- is former Florida Marlins manager Joe Girardi (right).  Girardi's story is familiar by now. He managed in Florida for one year, saddled with the lowest-paid team in Major League Baseball. Still, he had his team in playoff contention, finished 78-84 and was named NL Manager of the Year. But he's in the broadcast booth instead of a dugout because he couldn't get along with Florida owner Jeffrey Loria.

Girardi, who is just 42, is the anti-Perlozzo. He's a no-nonsense guy who is the antithesis of the easy-going Orioles manager. Sort of interesting is what the status would be of Orioles pitching coach Leo Mazzone. Girardi is a former catcher who believes he knows a thing or two about pitchers himself. And while the Orioles' starters have been much better than expected, the bullpen has been a disaster.

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In addition to Girardi, other names that have been mentioned as possible Perlozzo replacements are former O's manager Davey Johnson, former Giants and Cubs manager Dusty Baker and former White Sox manger Jerry Manuel.

Photo credit: J. Pat Carter/AP

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