MacPhail not changing stance, encourages Showalter-Angelos to meet
One of the biggest storylines heading into the season’s second half is the future of Orioles president of baseball operations Andy MacPhail, whose contract expires after the season. The attention on the topic will only be greater if the Orioles continue to slide.
For a story that I wrote that is currently on the website, MacPhail stays true to form and maintains that his contract situation is not on his mind.
“Let’s just see how we do and how we feel at the end of the year,” said MacPhail, who has never said definitively that he wants to return next season in his current capacity. “Obviously, it’s a two-party decision. We’re going to have to agree. I’ve always said and will continue to say, 'Let’s just see how we do and how we feel at the end of the season.'"
Orioles owner Peter Angelos told The Sun in March that MacPhail “is not going anywhere,” but I would have to think another poor season along with what MacPhail wants to do will impact that decision.
MacPhail also said people should not read too much into the fact that Angelos and manager Buck Showalter meet regularly (nearly once per homestand). In fact, MacPhail said, he encourages the meetings.
“That would be like Buck telling me that I can’t walk over and talk to [infield coordinator] Bobby Dickerson and [pitching coach] Rick Adair or [hitting coach] Jim Presley about the players, that all the information about running the baseball team has to come through the manager. I wouldn’t stand for that, and I don’t know why the owner would,” MacPhail said. “He’s free to talk to whomever he wants. He owns the team. I encouraged Peter to meet with Buck and Buck to meet with Peter.”
It is certainly interesting, however, that Showalter and Angelos meet regularly at the owner’s downtown law office. It is also worth pointing out that the past four Orioles managers -- Juan Samuel, Dave Trembley, Sam Perlozzo and Lee Mazzilli -- had little to no communication with the owner.
“You have to remember, as I told Peter, Buck is used to [his previous owners] George Steinbrenner, Jerry Colangelo and Tom Hicks. He’s probably not going to understand if there is not communication,” MacPhail said. “Plus, why shouldn’t Peter have access to what’s going on at the ground level during games? Do you think that Bill DeWitt of the Cardinals doesn’t talk to [Tony La Russa]? That’s idiotic to suggest for it to be any other way. There’s something wrong if the owner doesn’t talk to the manager.”