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“It’s always based on results,” Flanagan said. “It really gets down to wins and losses and expectations and believing that this club is better than it looked.”

The 56-year-old Perlozzo was told of the decision during a 20-minute discussion yesterday with Flanagan and vice president Jim Duquette.

“As you might imagine, today has been a very difficult one for me and my family,” Perlozzo said in a statement. “I am very disappointed that I will no longer be managing the Orioles. That being said, I wish them nothing but the best. I have been with the team for 12 seasons, and I consider myself an Oriole. I believe that I have represented the club well during my time with them, and I hope that the fans believe that, too.”

Trembley, 55, spent the last four of his 20 years as minor league manager in the Baltimore organization. He served as bench coach on occasion this season while Tom Trebelhorn returned to Arizona to tend to his ailing wife.

“We think Dave deserves a chance,” Flanagan said.

The coaching staff will remain intact. Pitching coach Leo Mazzone, who joined the Orioles last year because of his tight friendship with Perlozzo, will continue his effort to right a staff with a 4.27 ERA and a league-leading 276 walks.

“Leo expressed disappointment, but at the same time believes in this pitching staff and is excited to see it go forward,” Flanagan said. “He feels like we can turn this around.”

After Sunday’s 6-4 loss to Arizona, there was talk in the clubhouse of Perlozzo’s imminent dismissal. Several players publicly defended him, including Kevin Millar, who called for a players-only meeting in San Diego today.

Sam Perlozzo doesn’t throw the ball and doesn’t catch the ball. We know that for sure, right? He doesn’t hit the ball,” Millar said. “He doesn’t play. We play.”

Flanagan inferred that Millar’s call for a team meeting was a factor in the team’s decision to fire Perlozzo.

“Those are the sort of things that indicate that things aren’t going well with the ballclub,” Flanagan said.

Perlozzo took over on an interim basis after the Orioles dismissed Mazzilli on Aug. 4, 2005. After guiding Baltimore to a 23-32 record the remainder of that season, Perlozzo signed a three-year contract in October 2005.

He finished 122-164, including 70-92 last season.

Perlozzo grew up in Cumberland, Md., and rooted for the Orioles during his childhood. Before being hired as manager, he spent 10 years on the team’s coaching staff. He was invited to stay with the organization in a different capacity.

“I don’t know what the future holds for me with regard to my career,” Perlozzo said, “but I certainly hope to stay in the game that I have been a part of for so long.”