President of baseball operations Andy MacPhail spent his first full day in his new office yesterday, though the Orioles moved no closer to finding a long-term replacement for the fired Sam Perlozzo, and it doesn't appear that they will anytime soon.
In fact, all signs point to interim manager Dave Trembley's keeping the position for an extended period. MacPhail spent yesterday meeting with fellow Orioles executives, but the issue of who will manage the Orioles wasn't on the front burner.
"It's something that we are going to take our time with," executive vice president Mike Flanagan said. "First we'll come up with a list of potential candidates. We're going to get everyone's input and go from there."
MacPhail didn't speak to reporters yesterday, telling a club spokesman that it was "Dave Trembley's day." Trembley made his home managerial debut last night against the New York Yankees. MacPhail, who was officially hired last week while the Orioles were on the road, did speak to the club about an hour before the game and plans to talk to reporters today.
Flanagan praised Trembley's performance and said it allows the organization to be more deliberate in its managerial search. The Orioles have interviewed only former Florida Marlins manager Joe Girardi, who turned down the club's offer last week.
MacPhail told reporters Girardi's refusal would slow the process significantly. No other candidates are believed to have been contacted. Davey Johnson, Don Baylor, Rick Dempsey, Joey Cora, Terry Pendleton and Jerry Manuel are among the names that have been mentioned for the opening.
Trembley, who is 4-3 as manager and has been praised repeatedly by players, also will be considered, Flanagan said.
"To me, it's not an audition," Flanagan said. "We're comfortable with Dave and the way he has handled the club. It allows us to spend more time going through candidates."
Asked whether Trembley might manage for the rest of the season, he said, "It could get to that point."
Markakis awaits Clemens
Orioles outfielder Nick Markakis has worn No. 21 throughout his baseball career because of his admiration for Roger Clemens. So when he heard in Arizona that the Orioles would be facing Clemens tonight, he couldn't help but smile because he had never thought he would get the opportunity.
"I was so young, but it was always a dream," said Markakis, who was primarily a pitcher growing up and said that he loved the way Clemens handled himself.
"You don't think it's going to come true. But he's been around a long time. I'm definitely excited. It's going to be something that I'll never forget."
Adam Loewen, out for the season with a stress fracture of his left elbow, is no longer wearing a splint, and he said he'll start rehabilitating this week. ... Reliever Danys Baez, on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right forearm, threw 25 pitches off flat ground and said he felt great. He'll be re-evaluated today and could go on a rehab assignment soon. Erik Bedard (strained left hamstring) will start tonight.
About 18,000 tickets remained for today and 12,000 for tomorrow, the last games of the Yankees series. The club said large walk-up crowds are expected.