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October 25, 2011

The GM search: A brief update

A quick update on the Orioles’ GM search, if you want to call this an update.

We know De Jon Watson is meeting with the interviewing committee Wednesday. And he might want to bring a pillow. The past two, I’ve been told, have been rather lengthy and exceptionally thorough – which is what you want, I assume, for such an important position.

Watson, the Los Angeles Dodgers’ 45-year-old assistant general manager, will be the third to interview, following Arizona’s Jerry Dipoto and Toronto’s Tony LaCava.

I still expect that Watson will not be the last. My sense is there will be one, maybe two more candidates interviewed.

But, at this point, the Orioles have not asked permission from another club to speak to one of their employees.

Perhaps they are waiting for Northern Virginia native Thad Levine, the Texas Rangers’ assistant general manager, who will be done for the season by Thursday night.

Or maybe – and I hate this concept – they are considering someone we haven’t considered.

Posted by Dan Connolly at 5:07 PM | | Comments (8)


Maybe – and I hate this concept – they are considering someone we haven’t considered.

1st Dan C don't hate the player, hate the game. And why do you hate?

2nd... I would be ecstatic if they brought someone in that no one has considered, well except of course little ol me! =Op

Arbuckle & LaMar 2012!

My guess is that they are going to wait until all of the top tier free agents have signed elsewhere and THEN they'll hire a GM. Just saying...

I havent heard John Hart's name come up yet - AND he has a Texas connection with Buck~
Your comments, please.


I've said before, but I'll say it again for you because you have a good name. Sources I have talked to say Hart isn't in the mix. Could that change? Yes. Could the sources be wrong/lying? Sure. But at this point I've been given no indication that he's on the short list for this job. I guess we won't know for sure until they make a hire.

I was thinking they might get it done in time for Spring training. ;-)

The Sox have already announced their new GM, and I'm sure several other clubs will also do so before the O's get around to making a decision. We'll get whoever is left after everyone else in baseball who is looking for a new GM, has one.

Is the "committee" Angelos, Ruseel Smouse and Rifkin? All lawyers with no baseball accumen.

God help the Orioles.

No, Buck is in there as well. I don't believe Rifkin is.

The way this thing is dragging on, odds are no better than even-money that the new GM will have his business cards by first day of free agency.

I understand that George Costanza is available.

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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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