MacPhail, speculation and a green-cheese moon
There was a little bit of buzz Tuesday night after a story ran on USA Today’s website that Andy MacPhail has made the decision on his future but won’t reveal it until the end of the season.
The story sources two high-ranking Orioles officials that say MacPhail plans to leave after his contract expires Oct. 31.
MacPhail basically told the paper, “We’ll see” when asked about his decision.
Well, here’s my take. It is speculation. And it is also exactly what we all expect – what we have expected (and written) for months. There’s been no real change here.
MacPhail is not showing his hand. But it would be a surprise if he returned to his post. There’s been conjecture that maybe he takes another, less visible role with the Orioles. But I think the safe money has always been on MacPhail leaving altogether. And, remember, this would not be resigning, it would be not re-upping for another contract.
When we approached MacPhail tonight to see if anything had changed, he dismissed the report as speculative – even with two anonymous sources.
“You can get two sources to say the moon is made of green cheese,” MacPhail said.
To recap, from today and the last couple of months, MacPhail isn’t expected back. But he won’t make anything official until later this season – or after it. Say what you want about MacPhail’s tenure here, but I’ve always found him true to his word. So he won’t be officially revealing anything until he decides it is appropriate.