Next in Line?
Let’s assume that Sam Perlozzo isn’t long for this team, and that at most he’ll serve out the year and then be done. I’m not necessarily saying that should happen, but it’s becoming increasingly clear that it might happen. Whenever the topic comes up someone inevitably asks: who should replace him? Bobby Valentine and Joe Girardi have been mentioned on a speculative basis, and I’m sure you could add another handful of attractive candidates to the list if you thought real hard. But there’s no need, because I think I know who the next Oriole manager is going to be, if/when Sammy P gets canned.
I say this for two reasons. One, there have been rumblings (and I wish I could cite a source but nothing’s been published) that he’s interested in moving into the dugout. He’s also been increasingly outspoken lately, both on the broadcasts and in interviews, regarding the things these players need to do to succeed. And he would know, wouldn’t you say?
The other reason is perhaps even more persuasive, and that is his connection to the best years of the Orioles and his apparently solid relationship with Peter Angelos. If they decide to make a change Palmer would represent both the vaunted “Oriole Way” and a dose of new blood. He’s been around the team in an intimate capacity throughout all of the losing but he hasn’t been tainted by it in the clubhouse and on the field.
If I sound like I’m actually advocating for this then, well…maybe I am to some extent. I still say Perlozzo should get this year, but if we finish the season no better off than we were when it started, why not make a change? And if you do make the change, why not go to Palmer?
It’s food for thought at least.
As you mull it, enjoy tonight’s matchup of Erik Bedard and Dan Haren. Melvin Mora‘s not in the lineup, and I can’t say that bothers me much.