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08/04/2005 2:04 PM ET
Orioles name Sam Perlozzo interim manager
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The Orioles today announced that manager LEE MAZZILLI has been relieved of his duties. Orioles bench coach SAM PERLOZZO has been named interim manager for the remainder of the season.

Perlozzo, 54, is in his 10th season with the Orioles. He spent his first five seasons as third base coach before moving into the role of bench coach in 2001. He has the second longest continuous tenure on the Orioles staff behind Elrod Hendricks and only six coaches in club history have served longer on the staff.

Perlozzo is in his 19th season as a major league coach, having also served on the staffs of the New York Mets, Cincinnati Reds and Seattle Mariners. He spent five seasons as a manager in the Mets system, 1982-1986. He compiled a 364-263 record, winning three league championships and never having a losing record.

Perlozzo won the Carolina League title with Lynchburg in 1983 and was the league's "Manager of the Year". He won the Texas League crown the next year and was named "Manager of the Year" by Baseball America. He captured his 3rd straight league title in 1985 and then posted a 74-66 mark in his final season as manager at AAA Tidewater in 1986.

Mazzilli was named the 15th manager of the Orioles on November 7, 2003. He compiled a 129-140 record in 1 ½ seasons with the team.

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