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10/12/2005 4:57 PM ET
Orioles name Sam Perlozzo manager
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The Orioles today announced that SAM PERLOZZO has been given a three-year contract as manager of the ballclub.

Perlozzo, 54, was named interim manager on August 4, replacing Lee Mazzilli, after 9½ seasons as an Orioles coach. He spent five seasons as third base coach, then became bench coach in 2001. Before being named interim manager, he had the second longest continuous tenure on the Orioles coaching staff behind Elrod Hendricks, and only six coaches in club history have served longer on the staff.

The Orioles went 23-32 over the final two months of the season under Perlozzo, who is the 16th manager in the franchise's history.

Perlozzo was a major league coach for 19 seasons, having also served on the staffs of the New York Mets, Cincinnati Reds and Seattle Mariners in addition to the Orioles. He served under managers Davey Johnson, Lou Piniella, Ray Miller, Mike Hargrove and Lee Mazzilli.

He spent five seasons, 1982-86, as a manager in the Mets system, where he compiled a 364-263 record, won three league championships and never had a losing record. After managing the Mets' short-season Class A team at Little Falls in the New York-Penn League in 1982, Perlozzo won the Carolina League title with Lynchburg in 1983 and was named the league's Manager of the Year. He led Class AA Jackson to back-to-back Texas League titles in 1984-85 and was named Manager of the Year by Baseball America in '84. He posted a 74-66 mark as manager at AAA Tidewater in 1986 before being promoted to the Mets' major league coaching staff.

Perlozzo had a 9-year playing career in pro ball as an infielder, including 12 games in the majors between Minnesota (1977) and San Diego (1979). He began his pro playing career in 1973 after signing as an undrafted free agent with the Twins, and was a five-time Silver Glove winner, leading his minor league in fielding, before finishing his career as a player-coach with Tidewater in 1981.

Born and raised in Cumberland, MD, Perlozzo is the third Maryland native to manage the Orioles, joining Miller and Cal Ripken Sr. He is a graduate of Bishop Walsh High School in Cumberland and earned a bachelor's degree from George Washington University, where he was elected to the school's sports Hall of Fame in 1986.

Perlozzo and his wife, the former Beth Dial, recently moved to Tampa, FL, and also have a home in Columbia, MD. He has two children, a daughter, Mia, 26, and son, Eric, 21.

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