Former St. Louis Cardinals general manager Dal Maxvill interviewed Sunday to become the general manager of the Orioles, and that interview likely will be the last conducted by club officials before they make a choice.
Maxvill served as general manager of the Cardinals for nine years, beginning in 1985, and during his tenure St. Louis won National League pennants, in '85 and 1987. Maxvill, 56, a native of Granite City, Ill., played 14 years in the majors as a middle infielder, performing for four World Series-champion clubs.
He is the seventh candidate interviewed by Orioles owner Peter Angelos and club counsel Russell Smouse, following former Montreal general manager Kevin Malone, who resigned his position with the Expos at the end of this season; former San Diego general manager Randy Smith, who has since become the general manager of the Detroit Tigers; Boston assistant general manager Mike Port; former Yankees general manager Gene Michael; former Detroit general manager Joe Klein, who grew up in Baltimore and has served as GM for three different clubs, and John Barr, former scouting director for the Orioles and now scouting chief for the New York Mets.
Barr fared well in his interview with Angelos and Smouse on Saturday, and it appears that he, Malone and Klein are the three leading candidates. Angelos has said that he would like to hire a general manager with a background in scouting and player development.
The Orioles are lacking in top prospects at the Double-A and Triple-A levels, though they have a good core of talent at Single-A.