MacPhail could return to same role in 2012; would you be OK with that?
One thing I have learned from covering baseball for a long time is you never know as much as you think you do – about the game or what really goes on behind the scenes.
A month ago, I was convinced that Andy MacPhail was stepping down from his post as president of baseball operations and was going to ride into the sunset, and away from the game he has breathed for five-plus decades (yes, I am counting when he was a boy and followed his dad around Memorial Stadium, Yankee Stadium, etc).
Two weeks ago, I would have said there was an outside shot he’d remain with the club in some capacity when his contract expires Oct. 31.
Now, well now, I am starting to think MacPhail could remain as the club’s president in 2012. And that would mean Buck Showalter will stay in the dugout next year.
Every day there is not an announcement that MacPhail is leaving makes me think that MacPhail may not be leaving after all. That things are staying the same.
It’s not a complete stretch, just stick with me.
We know that team owner Peter Angelos met with MacPhail last Thursday, the day after the Orioles’ 14th losing campaign ended.
We know that Angelos likes and respects MacPhail and thinks the Orioles have a pretty good brain trust in MacPhail and Showalter.
We know that MacPhail likes Angelos; he’s been given ample opportunity over the years to offer excuses for why his plan hasn’t worked – and the easy excuse, the one that is nearly universally embraced by fans, is that he has been hamstrung by ownership.
Not only has MacPhail never used that one, but he continually states that Angelos has been good to work for and has never stood in the way of him doing his job.
We also can’t forget that Angelos said in March that MacPhail “isn’t going anywhere,” and Angelos is a man who usually gets what he wants.
So if he’s staying, what’s the holdup? I’m not sure exactly, but my guess is specifics are still being worked out and, until they are, a potential agreement could fall through, which would again spur talk of MacPhail leaving and Showalter to president/GM.
There's always the possibility that I am completely wrong, too; I wasn't in the meeting last Thursday. So the best conclusion is no final decision has been made involving any of this.
But would I be surprised if we find out that Andy is sticking around in the same exact role next year?
Nope, not now I wouldn’t.
Now I want to know if you’d be fine with that.
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