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October 13, 2011

Wait list

The next few days should produce some intrigue as the Orioles continue the process of getting permission to speak to the candidates on their list to replace departed president of baseball operations Andy MacPhail. Depending on the law office schedule of owner Peter Angelos, the interviews could start pretty quickly.

Manager Buck Showalter certainly has reason to want the ball to get rolling, since he's back in town to help in the search and work on the composition of next year's coaching staff. He's got a couple of slots to fill but might hold off on making any final announcement on the 2012 staff until the team is closer to having a new head of baseball operations. It appears most of his current coaches will remain in place.

The GM search obviously will supersede pretty much anything else on the club's offseason schedule, and judging from the reaction to the departure of Joe Jordan, you have to believe that any significant front office decision is on hold until the new guy gets to weigh in on it. Club officials stressed Wednesday that -- while they likely would have encouraged Jordan to stay if the front office situation had remained unchanged -- his departure may help convince a top-quality candidate to take the baseball operations post, since the new guy will have the ability to construct the player development department in his own image.

That might not bode well for player-development execs John and David Stockstill. They are under contract through the 2012 season but appear likely to be re-assigned under the new regime.

Posted by Peter Schmuck at 1:22 PM | | Comments (4)


Hopefully, the Stockstills will be reassigned to their couches at home.

These chumps have been in charge of player development and international scouting for the past several years, and, what do you know, player development and international scouting are the two areas in which the Orioles need the most improvement.

Here's hoping the new GM dumps the Stockstills and the remaining MacPhail. Heck, I'd dump everyone in the front office aside from Matt Klentak. Baseball operations have been a joke for years, and the same guys have been in charge for years. It's time for a major shakeup!

See comments by not brooks....!!!!!

Dan - I know I have brought this name up before - Mac Seibert - here is your scoop - Scouting Director. Possibly the best move by the O's in a long time!! (outside of Buck)

Adios to the Stockstill boys!

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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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