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October 3, 2010

MacPhail won't approach Angelos about extension

I wrote a story in today's paper about President of Baseball Operations Andy MacPhail's thoughts as the club heads into another important offesason.

MacPhail briefly discussed his own contract situation, something I'm pretty sure that we'll hear more and more about in the months ahead. MacPhail’s deal expires after the 2011 season and he said that he has no plans to approach owner Peter Angelos and discuss an extension.

“I don’t think it’s fair to put him in that position. The deal was the deal and we’ll talk about it, as far as I’m concerned, when it’s over,” MacPhail said.

As usual, MacPhail was elusive when asked about his future plans, and whether he'd like to work for the club beyond 2011. I don't read anything into that other than MacPhail doesn't feel it necessary or prudent to have the discussions about his future play out publicly.

“There is nothing about this job that I really dislike other than the fact that our record isn’t where I’d like it to be," he said. "I love the city, I love the franchise, I like the players. We’ve got some challenges. We’ve tried to address them one at a time and make the franchise better. The ownership has been great. He has done everything that he said that he would do. It’s just a matter of whether we can put this together.”

There has been some speculation that with John Angelos stepping back from the organization somewhat this year, MacPhail could move into his Executive Vice President role, and the Orioles could hire another president of baseball operations. But I've been given no indication that will happen.

Peter Angelos and MacPhail still have a very good relationship, and they've been speaking regularly about the offseason. And this is just my opinion, but I don't feel that MacPhail wants to move into a business-type position at this stage.

Posted by Jeff Zrebiec at 10:10 AM | | Comments (8)


PLEASE tell me not another year of MacPhail. This guy has proven he is incapable of turning this franchise around. If it wasn't for Angelos, Buck wouldn't be here. Please Peter, do the right thing. Pull the cord on MacPhail and bring in John Hart ASAP ..

But the national media continues to float around the idea of Andy MacPhail becomming commissioner of baseball.

Hey, Jeff. Thanks for another excellent season covering the O's. I know how daunting it is being in the newspaper biz (I'm in it myself), so kudos to you for keeping your eye on the ball through a weird season.

If you should ever find yourself in London, look me up and I'll buy you a pint.

Jeff Z's reply: Thanks Tom, much appreciated.

The sooner MacPhail is gone, the better. Thank goodness we have Buck, otherwise we'd have Captain Andy getting ready to steer us into another iceberg in 2011 with another dud of an offseason. I am confident Showalter won't let MacPhail get away with the pathetic attempts he's made to "address challenges" in past offseasons.

I really hope Andy can get the players he wants this winter to come here and we see the results next season, Then we can appreciate the stability he is creating and extend him then and everyone will be happy.. TOOO SIMPLE.

"There has been some speculation that with John Angelos stepping back from the organization somewhat this year..."

As in not with the organization?
They have not had any business side leadership for a while.

Jeff Z's reply: Yes, John Angelos' decreased involvement with the club was documented in Childs Walker's profile of Peter Angelos in today's paper.

Jeff good job this year, I don't always agree but am open minded enough to see your side usually.. THE only downer is these ignorant Peter and Andy bashers, but I have to tell myself they aren't smart enough to know better.. IT isn't my money but this is how my wish list would shape up this fall FA- Uhara, Wigginton, Then Go all out after Cliff Lee- SP, Dunn or Konerko 1B, trade for mark reynolds 3B, Az. or David Wright 3B,NYM.. option trade for Fielder 1B sign Beltre 3B. Then fill SS as Andy and Buck see fit plus a situational lefty. Total major addition one starter 2 bats 1B,3B. 2FA, 1 trade.. NOTE we lose our 2nd &3RD pick for the FA. But we remember in fielders case his RBI and average dropped 30 points. plus the brewers have a lot of 20-30 homer guys to sign and fielder could be a FA next year so his value should be more affordable than last winter. Possibly Tillman,Hernandez, Snyder,or Bell, an outfielder or lower level prospect pitcher. The brewers remind me of the orioles 5 years ago hitting but little defense or pitching. Of course in their division they have a better chance to get away with it..


As far as I am concerned, when it comes to covering the Orioles, You are the man. My favorite.


Jeff Z's reply: Thanks Eddie. Right back at you.

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A Baltimore native, Dan Connolly has been covering sports for 14 years, and baseball and the Orioles for 10 seasons, including the past six with The Sun. His first year covering baseball on a daily basis was Cal Ripken Jr.'s final season as a player. It's believed that is just a coincidence.

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