BALTIMORE (AP) – Orioles interim manager Sam Perlozzo probably will have to wait until after the end of the season to find out if the Baltimore Orioles will remove the “interim” tag from his title.

The anticipation has become almost too much to bear.

“I’m anxious to get the job,” Perlozzo said Wednesday. “I’m more like, When are they going to name me?”‘

Perlozzo’s confidence belied his 20-30 record since taking over for Lee Mazzilli on Aug. 4, but he doesn’t expect to be judged on wins and losses, given the distractions he’s had to deal with over the past two months.

Since he took over, the Orioles have welcomed back and dismissed Rafael Palmeiro, terminated the contract of pitcher Sidney Ponson and lost Sammy Sosa to injury. They’ve also had to do without second baseman Brian Roberts since he dislocated his elbow on Sept. 20. It’s uncertain where Perlozzo will be if the Orioles don’t inform him of his future by Sunday.

The team closes the season in Tampa Bay, where Perlozzo has a home, and he’s considering staying there rather than coming back to Baltimore with the team.

“I don’t have a flight back,” he said.

Perlozzo knows he probably won’t be summoned into owner Peter Angelos’ office to learn his fate.

“It’s nothing you can’t do over the phone,” he said. “It’s either a yes or a no.”

AP-ES-09-28-05 1946EDT


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