Perlozzo Fired After Baltimore Drops 8 Straight

Front office O's strive to avoid 14th losing season in a row
By Jesse Andrews,  Newser User
Posted Jun 19, 2007 4:23 AM CDT
Baltimore Orioles manager Sam Perlozzo sits in the dugout prior to a baseball agame against the Arizona Diamondbacks Saturday, June 16, 2007, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – With the Orioles at 29-40 after a brutal 1-8 homestand, three-year manager Sam Perlozzo was fired  yesterday. Perlozzo had accumulated a record of 122-164 in the unforgiving AL East, and had few backers left after a string of questionable moves, especially with regard to an underachieving bullpen that got a $40 million overhaul million during the offseason.

The first manager to be sacked this year, Perluzzo had also advocated trading star shortstop Miguel Tejada. A Baltimore veep noted that the recent homestand included "maybe some of the most horrific losses this club has ever endured." Additionally, long-time Cubs chief and member of baseball royalty Andy MacPhail will be hired as COO.