Orioles talk to Michael Klein to interview today; Club may wait to see if other candidates appear


The Orioles interviewed former New York Yankees general manager Gene Michael on Friday as a possible replacement for Roland Hemond as Orioles GM, and they will interview ex-Detroit Tigers GM Joe Klein today.

Michael, 57, was the fourth GM candidate interviewed by the Orioles, following former San Diego Padres GM Randy Smith, who will take the Detroit GM job tomorrow; Kevin Malone, who resigned as Montreal Expos general manager the first week of October and appears to be a slight front-runner to replace Hemond; and Mike Port, the assistant general manager of the Boston Red Sox.

Michael accepted a demotion last week to become the Yankees' director of major-league scouting, because he wouldn't accept a pay cut of $200,000 that Yankees owner George Steinbrenner insisted he take. At that time, Michael said he was happy that he didn't have to work the 15-hour days required of major-league general managers.

But Michael insisted that a clause be written into his contract that would allow him to talk to any other interested clubs about their general manager jobs. Over the past 10 days, he has told friends he would be interested in the Orioles' GM job.

Klein had been scheduled to interview yesterday, but the meeting was bumped back a day.

The Orioles are expected to announce the hiring of Davey Johnson as manager -- perhaps as soon as tomorrow -- but the GM search may take a little longer, which would allow them time to see if other candidates become available.

The Orioles asked for and were denied permission to interview Cleveland assistant GM Dan O'Dowd, but speculation around baseball is that Indians owner Richard Jacobs may eventually relent and allow O'Dowd to talk to the Orioles.

In addition, the Orioles could have interest in Cincinnati GM Jim Bowden, but only if he can get out of the last three years of his five-year contract.

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