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June 19, 2007

Orioles fire Perlozzo

BALTIMORE - Sam Perlozzo was packing Monday morning for the Baltimore Orioles' upcoming West Coast roadtrip when a reporter called with some disturbing news.

"He said there were reports that I was going to be fired," Perlozzo said Monday afternoon, "and I said, 'I'm packing my suitcase for the road trip.'

"He said, 'Good. I hope you're on that plane.'"

As everybody knows by now, Perlozzo was not on that plane early Monday evening as he then received a call from the Orioles front office 10 minutes later. He was, in fact, being dismissed as manager of the Orioles after the club completed a 1-8 homestand, which included an ongoing eight-game losing streak.

A native of Cumberland and a graduate of Bishop Walsh High School, Perlozzo, a member of the Orioles organization for 12 years, and the manager of the team for nearly two years, received word of his dismissal in a meeting with Orioles vice presidents of baseball operations Mike Flanagan and Jim Duquette.

Bullpen coach Dave Trembley, who has served as a minor league manager in the organization, will be the interim manager when the Orioles begin a six-game trip today in San Diego.

"If not for my kids, I would be fine," Perlozzo told the Times-News Monday afternoon.

As for his meeting with Flanagan and Duquette, Perlozzo said it was brief, although he did have an opportunity to express some points of view that had been on his mind.

"I didn't say a lot to them," he said, "although Jim Duquette said he had heard I felt (the front office) should have said more on my behalf, and I said, 'Well, now that you brought it up, let me get a couple of things off my chest.'"

'Just resolve it'

One of those things was what Perlozzo felt was a lack of support from the front office during the past few weeks as the team has fallen from second place to last place in the American League East Division. He said he doesn't understand how a longtime employee of an organization can be left dangling in the wind by the organization - something he feels made his job even more difficult during the past month.

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