- The Washington Times - Wednesday, October 15, 2003

BALTIMORE (AP) — The Baltimore Orioles interviewed former Oriole and current Milwaukee bench coach Rich Dauer yesterday for their vacant managerial position.

Dauer, who played second base with the Orioles from 1976 to 1985, is the third candidate interviewed by Orioles vice presidents Jim Beattie and Mike Flanagan.

Hall of Famer Eddie Murray and Orioles bench coach Sam Perlozzo also have been interviewed and are considered the favorites. Dauer is considered a long shot because of his lack of managerial experience.

Dauer, who played second base for the Orioles’ last World Series champions in 1983, said afterward that he was nervous but felt positive about the experience.

“It was probably the most nervous I have ever been,” Dauer said. “When you have an opportunity like this to fulfill your dream, it was very nerve-racking at first, and then the competition started and it was very thrilling. I’m very happy right now.”

Before joining Milwaukee this season, Dauer, 51, spent the previous six seasons as the Kansas City Royals’ third-base coach. Dauer said he considers the Orioles opening the “elite” job in baseball and would love to return to Baltimore.

“I want to manage, and every time I see myself and dream and I am jumping on that pile, I am always wearing an Oriole uniform,” said Dauer, who was Baltimore’s first-round draft pick in 1974. “I wanted this opportunity. There is nothing else I’ve ever wanted any more.”

Dauer was more lighthearted when asked about the state of the Orioles organization.

“The manager is not going to change this organization. It’s going to take help from the ownership to the general managers all the way through the front office to the vendors making sure they put more roast beef in the sandwiches,” he said.

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