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October 21, 2011

Orioles to interview Watson next week

The Orioles have received permission from the Los Angeles Dodgers to interview De Jon Watson for the club’s vacant top front office job, according to an industry source.

Watson will be the third candidate to be interviewed, but likely not the last. The Orioles may talk to a few more people, but it’s believed they have not asked permission to interview anyone else at this time.

The Orioles are expected to interview Watson, the Dodgers 45-year-old assistant general manager and player development director, early next week, perhaps as early as Tuesday.

A California native and former minor leaguer in the Kansas City Royals organization, Watson has been both a scout and scouting director in his career and is given credit for the Dodgers’ successful foray into Venezuela. The Orioles’ system has never produced a Venezuelan major leaguer.

The Orioles have already interviewed Arizona senior vice president Jerry Dipoto and Toronto assistant general manager Tony LaCava, both highly experienced, highly respected baseball men with backgrounds in scouting and development.

Watson also fits that profile.

Posted by Dan Connolly at 7:03 PM | | Comments (4)


Dan, I know the fan base can't expect immediate results from the new GM, but realistically, how long can such a thing take?

I agree with Ken. We are getting dangerously close to the end of the world series - a ton of activity is about to take place - and the Orioles have no organizational leader. It took the Cubs all of one week to fill this roll and now they are off and running. Their new President and their new GM are likely evaluating their system and their current players and looking at how they can address needs. Meanwhile, in Baltimore, the Orioles are sitting on their hands as the clock is ticking.

So, much in the vein of Ken's question - Dan - how is possible that they are spacing out these interviews so far apart??? What could possibly take this long???

Not Jamie McCourt?

Geez, what a crock! Typical O's. By the time they're finished all the good GM prospects will sign elsewhere. Did they like Dipoto? Then sign him for crying out loud.

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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.

Steve Gould is an assistant sports editor for The Sun, overseeing Orioles coverage. The Columbia native joined The Sun as a sports copy editor in 2006 after graduating from the University of Maryland.

Peter Schmuck has been covering baseball for a lot longer than Steve Gould has been on this earth. He is now a general sports columnist, but has been a beat writer covering three major league teams (the Dodgers, Angels and Orioles) and also spent a decade as the Sun's national baseball writer. If you want more of his insight on the Orioles and other sports issues, check out his personal blog -- The Schmuck Stops Here.

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