Major-league managerial record: 486-598
Background: After taking the Cubs to the NL wild card in 1998, Riggleman suffered the consequences for this year's disastrous 67-95 last-place season. Riggleman became the first manager fired after the season and was believed a leading candidate of ousted general manager Frank Wren. The two opposed each other as minor-league managers. Riggleman served as San Diego Padres manager in 1993-94. The Padres lost 101 games his first season and he was fired after a 47-70 finish the next season. He was immediately hired by the Cubs. Comfortable serving as spokesman for a large-market franchise, Riggleman addressed his recent dismissal matter-of-factly with Chicago reporters. He briefly sparred with first baseman Mark Grace early in the season but is perceived as able to identify with players. Riggleman is a Frostburg State ('74) grad and az member of the school's Hall of Fame.
Major-league managerial record: None
Status: Orioles third-base coach
Background: Perlozzo and Elrod Hendricks are the sole survivors of the Davey Johnson regime, hardly an organizational gold star within the warehouse. However, Perlozzo is also one of the game's most respected and longest-tenured third-base coaches, having served for Lou Piniella for six seasons and Johnson for five. Perlozzo's duties also include infield coach. He helped Cal Ripken's transition from shortstop to third base in 1997 and helped rookie Jerry Hairston's adjustment to second base. The Orioles established a major-league record for fewest errors in 1998. Perlozzo's managerial experience is limited to five seasons (1982-86) in the New York Mets' minor-league system but he is expected to receive an interview once the Orioles begin their search. Perlozzo's desire is to remain with the organization, though his contract expires at month's end.
Major-league managerial record: 471-461
Status: Orioles' director of player development
Background: Trebelhorn has served with the Orioles for four seasons, the most recent as Syd Thrift's successor as director of player development. Trebelhorn balances a breadth of experience, including managerial stints with the Milwaukee Brewers and Chicago Cubs. In 1987, he was recognized by Baseball America as its Manager of the Year. Trebelhorn also managed in the Australian Winter League in 1997. Had general manager Frank Wren gotten his way, Trebelhorn would have been named interim manager this season. Majority owner Peter Angelos believed Trebelhorn's contributions as player development head too significant to risk disrupting that department. Before being promoted last winter, Trebelhorn had served as Orioles' minor-league coordinator of instruction for three years.
Major-league managerial record: 440-469
Status: Atlanta Braves hitting coach
Background: First manager of the ex- pansion Colorado Rockies in 1993, Baylor steered them to a wild-card berth in only the franchise's third season. The Rockies produced three winning seasons in their first five years before a disappointing 77-85 record in 1998 led to Baylor's ouster. At the urging of general manager John Schuerholz, Baylor immediately landed with the Atlanta Braves, who set a franchise record for runs scored this season. Baylor was named National League Manager of the Year in 1995. His strong credentials as a major-league player made him an exception among major-league managers. He remains the only designated hitter to win an MVP Award, doing so with the 1979 California Angels. He also slugged 338 home runs and 1,276 RBIs during a 19-year playing career, which began in Baltimore (1970-75). His best season with the Orioles was in 1975, when he hit 25 home runs with 76 RBIs. The career American Leaguer later hit 30 home runs three times and drove in at least 90 runs five times.
Major-league managerial record: None
Status: Orioles first-base coach
Background: Before he joined Ray Miller's staff last Nov. 12, Foley crafted a reputation as one of the game's most successful minor-league managers. In four seasons at Triple-A Rochester his teams finished first twice and won the 1997 International League championship. Foley also won the Pacific League title in 1989 and an American Association crown in 1993, making him the only manager to win titles in each Triple-A league. Foley served as a minor-league manager in 11 of 12 previous seasons. His only previous major-league coaching experience came in 1994 as Chicago Cubs bullpen coach. He has managed during the winter in Puerto Rico, Venezuela and Mexico.
Major-league managerial record: 563-617
Background: One month ago, Garner appeared to be the leading candidate of both Wren and Angelos. How Wren's pending dismissal affects that equation is uncertain; however, Garner already has interviewed for the Anaheim Angels' vacancy and is also believed on the Detroit Tigers' short list. Garner may be in no hurry. The Texas resident would likely wait until Houston Astros manager Larry Dierker clarifies his plans after the postseason. His eight seasons as Milwaukee Brewers manager ended in August when he was fired and general manager Sal Bando resigned the same day. Garner's teams managed only one winning season, 1992. His No. 1 desire is to land within a moneyed organization with a cooperative relationship between front office and ownership. Orioles assistant GM Bruce Manno served as Brewers assistant general manager during the early stages of Garner's term.
Major-league managerial record: 1,639-1,511
Status: St. Louis Cardinals manager
Background: La Russa so far has giv- en every indication of returning to the Cardinals for a fifth season but has yet to agree to a contract extension. Like most in the industry, Angelos greatly respects La Russa's resume as well as his presence. Should La Russa flinch, the Orioles might have no problem trumping his current $1.5 million salary. La Russa won a division title and was within an NLCS win of reaching his fourth World Series in his first season in the National League. His greatest feat remains steering the Oakland Athletics to three consecutive World Series (1988-90) and the 1989 world championship. A three-time AL Manager of the Year, La Russa has reached a League Championship Series with each of the three franchises for whom he has managed. He was lionized by Orioles minority partner George Will in his baseball tome, "Men at Work," Like Angelos, he is a lawyer. Unlike Angelos, does not own a single class action win.
Major-league managerial record: 1,069-1,131
Background: The respected Ley- land's traumatic debut as Colorado Rockies manager persuaded him to resign 3 1/2 weeks before the end of an underachieving season. Leyland left the small-market Pittsburgh Pirates after the 1996 season, won an unlikely world championship with the wild-card Florida Marlins in 1997, then was handcuffed to their 108-loss free fall the next season. He exercised an option to flee the franchise when it was sold and received a three-year, $6 million contract from the Rockies beginning this season. Leyland has said he isn't interested in another managing job. However, his reputation as a master tactician and handler of a bullpen will likely lead several organizations to test his stance. Angelos' lieutenants approached the two-time NL Manager of the Year after last season, but Leyland refused to budge from his commitment to Rockies owner Jerry McMorris. Thrift was Pirates general manager at the time of Leyland's hiring.
Major-league managerial record: None
Status: Boston Red Sox bullpen coach
Background: Little is in his third sea- son as Jimy Williams' bullpen coach after serving in the same capacity for the San Diego Padres in 1996. Little reached the major leagues after 16 minor-league seasons capped by a distinguished 10-year career in the Atlanta Braves organization. He was recruited by Padres manager Bruce Bochy and later was a finalist to became the expansion Tampa Bay Devil Rays' first manager. He began his managerial career in 1980 with the Orioles' Bluefield affiliate. He remained within the system through 1984, advancing to Hagerstown and Charlotte before moving to the Toronto Blue Jays.