Miller time line, Shake-up at Camden Yards


Miller time line

Nov. 11, 1997: Miller is hired as manager of the Orioles, replacing Davey Johnson, who led the club to back-to-back appearances in the American League Championship Series.

March 31, 1998: Miller loses his first game, as Orioles drop 4-1 decision to Kansas City.

April 14, 1998: A 4-3 win over the Chicago White Sox gets Orioles off to 10-2 start.

May 16, 1998: A 5-2 loss to Tampa Bay drops Orioles below .500 (20-21) for second time. They remain there for two months.

May 18, 1998: Expansion Devil Rays complete embarrassing four-game sweep at Camden Yards.

May 20, 1998: Miller apologizes for reliever Armando Benitez hitting New York's Tino Martinez in the back the previous night and inciting a Yankee Stadium brawl. Apology is viewed as admirable by some, a failure to support his own player by others.

May 22, 1998: Losing streak reaches nine games with 9-5 loss to Oakland. Miller rips into club, and Scott Kamieniecki in particular, before finding out Kamieniecki is injured.

July 24, 1998: A 7-4 win over Seattle is Orioles' 14th in 15 games, backing Miller's assertion that the club should be allowed to make run at wild card rather than be dismantled.

August 1998: Miller and Roberto Alomar nearly come to blows in clubhouse during team meeting in Chicago. Orioles lose 10 straight to fall to 69-70.

Sept. 20, 1998: Cal Ripken walks into Miller's office and says, "It's time." Ripken's name is scratched from the lineup, and a record consecutive-games streak ends at 2,632 under Miller's watch.

Sept. 27, 1998: A 6-4 loss in Boston concludes Miller's first season as manager. Orioles lose 11 of last 13 to finish 79-83 and ahead of only Tampa Bay in AL East.

March 28, 1999: Miller reluctantly participates in historic exhibition game in Cuba, which the Orioles win, 3-2, in 11 innings.

April 1999: Former Orioles right fielder Eric Davis rips Miller in his book. Miller classifies it as one of the most hurtful things he's experienced in baseball.

April 5, 1999: Orioles open Miller's second season with 10-7 win over Tampa Bay. It would be the only time his club stays above .500.

April 22, 1999: General manager Frank Wren recommends that Miller be fired after Orioles are swept by Tampa Bay to fall to 3-12.

April 25, 1999: Miller erupts after 11-10 loss to Oakland at Camden Yards, throwing a plate of food against office wall and bruising hand on a chair. Instructs reporters to seek answers from players, saying, "They're the ones making all the money." Adds that his staff pitched like "12-year-olds" and questions courage of his club. Wren again urges majority owner Peter Angelos to make a change.

April 27, 1999: A clubhouse meeting backfires, as one veteran tells Miller to "let the players play."

April 29, 1999: Miller pushes for release of Heathcliff Slocumb after veteran reliever gives up seven runs in ninth inning of 15-5 loss to Kansas City. Slocumb is gone the next day, representing clearest conflict between Miller and Wren over composition of team.

April 30, 1999: Orioles finish month 6-16.

May 3, 1999: The Orioles lose badly, 12-6, in a rematch with the Cuban team at Camden Yards, drawing criticism throughout baseball for their apparent lack of effort.

May 14, 1999: Miller orders Brady Anderson to bunt in the eighth inning in Texas. Anderson strikes out after feeble effort to lay one down, then flings bat and glares at Miller in dugout.

June 9, 1999: Miller and Albert Belle have to be separated in dugout after Belle takes exception to being removed in ninth inning of 4-2 win in Florida. Miller benches Belle the next night in Atlanta, ending baseball's longest active consecutive-games streak.

Aug. 28, 1999: Frustrated by restraints caused by limited number of position players, Miller stirs up controversy by referring to "dysfunctional" roster. Wren responds next day by questioning how club can have such a poor record despite ranking highly in various statistical categories.

Sept. 22, 1999: Orioles win 13th straight, second-longest streak in club history and longest in AL this season.

Sept. 27, 1999: Sitting in his office at Fenway Park, Miller directs profanity-laced tirade at Boston's Pedro Martinez after Martinez drilled Anderson in back.

Oct. 3, 1999: Having run out of starters because of injuries, Miller manages his last game, a 1-0 loss to Boston that gives the Orioles a 78-84 record.

Oct. 6, 1999: Angelos declines to exercise option on Miller's contract.

Pub Date: 10/08/99

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