A veteran and smart baseball man who might have turned around the Baltimore Orioles in a season or two expressed the industry-wide assessment a month ago, "Why would I go there just to be neutered?"
Then, sure enough, the prospect of hiring a new general manager in Baltimore proved elusive – winding through many candidates, interviews, near misses, offers, withdrawals and various other tedium.
This was an organization that hadn't had a winning season since 1997, that had been run from the top by a seemingly stubborn and (understandably) foul-tempered majority owner, Peter Angelos, and run from the field by an officious manager, Buck Showalter, presumably leaving little room for much managing, general or otherwise.
Andy MacPhail, the club's president of baseball operations for five dreary seasons, announced last month he would not return.
So, on Sunday, the Orioles hired Dan Duquette.
Nine years after he was let go by the Boston Red Sox, seven years after the Red Sox team he helpedRead More »from Dour Duquette is in a tough spot as new Orioles GM