BALTIMORE (AP) -Dave Trembley will get at least another month to prove he's the right man to manage the Baltimore Orioles.
Andy MacPhail, who took over as president of baseball operations last week, said Wednesday that he won't resume interviewing candidates for the managerial job ``until at least the trading deadline,'' which is July 31.
Trembley was made the interim manager on June 18 after the Orioles fired Sam Perlozzo. Before the end of the week the manager's job was offered to Joe Girardi, who turned it down.
``We tried our pre-emptive strike with Girardi. It didn't work. What I would like to do now is ... let's watch Dave manage for a while,'' MacPhail said.
The Orioles were 4-3 under Trembley entering Wednesday night's game against the New York Yankees. With MacPhail watching the team in person for the first time, Baltimore beat the Yankees 3-2 Tuesday night.
``I was very impressed with the energy and enthusiasm the team played with yesterday. I liked the idea we were aggressive on the basepaths, we tried to make things happen,'' MacPhail said. ``We shared the load in the bullpen. So I was pleased.''
MacPhail wants to get to know the team before he begins looking for a manager. He might even end up sticking with Trembley, a minor league manager for two decades before joining the Orioles as bullpen coach this season.
``Before we take this team in a direction, and you try to customize a manager for it, it's incumbent upon me to try to collect as much information as I can to help us make the decision which way we're going,'' MacPhail said.
``I'll do my due diligence, but I won't be doing interviews here until I would imagine at least the trading deadline. There is no search that's going to take place for a while,'' he said ``We're going to let Dave manage and see how things go. There's no race here. Let's get the right guy. That's what the object is.''
Possible candidates include Dusty Baker, Don Baylor, Rick Dempsey and quite possibly Davey Johnson, the last manager to lead the Orioles into the playoffs (in 1996-97).
``I've been in the game 30 years. I've got agents representing clients, I've got friends of friends, I've got a guy that coached for somebody. Compiling the list is not something that's difficult,'' MacPhail said. ``I just think you can do a more comprehensive job if you give it more time.''
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