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November 5, 2011

Dan Duquette returning to Baltimore for second meeting in two days

Dan Duquette, who left Baltimore on Friday after a strong interview with Orioles officials concerning their open GM job, is returning this afternoon and is expected to meet with them again this evening, according to an industry source.

ESPN’s Tim Kurkjian reported that the meeting is to finalize a contract.

An industry source said no offer has been extended to Duquette at this time, but that could change very soon.

Duquette, 53, built his reputation by constructing a surprisingly good team in Montreal from 1991 to 1994 before taking over the Boston Red Sox in his native state.

Duquette led the Red Sox for eight years before being fired in 2002. He basically built the foundation of the club that won two World Series after his departure. His trade of reliever Heathcliff Slocumb for pitcher Derek Lowe and catcher Jason Varitek in 1997 will go down as one of the most lopsided deals in Red Sox history. And Duquette twice traded for perennial All-Star pitcher Pedro Martinez, once for Boston and once for Montreal.

Duquette’s tenure with the Red Sox was also marked with a public brashness that included his now-famous quote about letting star pitcher Roger Clemens go via free agency in the “twilight of his career.” Clemens pitched 11 more seasons and won four Cy Young Awards after that declaration.

Since Duquette left the Red Sox, he has worked with various minor league operations and currently runs the Dan Duquette Sports Academy in Hinsdale, Mass. He also interviewed this winter for the Los Angeles Angels’ GM position that ultimately went to Jerry Dipoto.

If hired, he would be the second member of the Duquette family to hold an executive post in Baltimore. His cousin, Jim, was the Orioles’ vice president from 2005 to 2007.

Posted by Dan Connolly at 2:05 PM | | Comments (14)


Google Dan Duquette and Wikipedia states that the Orioles signed him today!

Duquette would be a good choice for the Os, provided, of course, that the owner allows him to do his job. With respect to Clemens, specifically, I think he was motivated by Duquette's comments, as he had become comfortable where he was in Boston and wasn't out to prove himself as he eventually did with the Blue Jays and Yankees. I think the Os have a good foundation to build on, and I think they'd do themselves a favor hiring this guy and allowing him some latitude in decision-making.

The discussion of Clemens is interesting. One has to wonder how well he would have played after leaving Boston had he not had the benefit of steroids. Perhaps Duquette would have been right if Clemens hadn't cheated.

whoop dee doo

but shouldn't you put some line in there about clemens and his steriod use after dan uttered that comment.

in his defense it probable would have been the "twilight" of clemen's career, had clemens not gone on to take steriods for the next 11 seasons.

Duquette was right about Clemens. He was a .500 pitcher for 4 years and over weight. He went to the Jays, started doing steroids and got back into shape.

Uh...Cindy, I just Googled Dan Duquette, and I didn't see anything that says he's signed with the Os. Where were you looking?

Is Harry Dalton, Hank Peters, or Roland Hemond available?
Dan Duquette when all these others are avialable?
4 club level seats. NO MORE!!!!!
WhAT A moron owns the Orioles. Wish Id never heard of asbestos and we would never hear of him!

I do not hate the hiring if it does actually happen, but I am a little concerned that he's been away for so long. How talent is evaluated has evolved more in the last 10 years than in the 50 years prior, and Duquette wasn't apart of it in any way. Now, that doesn't mean he wouldn't be able to surround himself with sharp assistant GM's to help him get up to speed. I hope they keep Matt Klentak on.

He looks like he'll make a fine stooge. Someone forced out of baseball nearly a decade ago, desperate for a return. Too bad he'll get absolutely no authority, but all the blame for the next fourteen losing seasons.

NO ONE WORTH A DAMN WANTS THIS JOB. Angelos will continue his death grip around the Oriole bird's throat until his sons take over and continue to carry on baseball's worst legacy.

So basically we will hire the best available of the candidates that would not be GMs anywhere else. Let's at least hope Turgeon was a good hire...

Its a match made in heaven. A potential GM that no one else wants and a team that no one else will work for.
Thanks Mr. Angelos. How's that whole "buy up Charles Street" project coming along? Oh, and have you decided what money- making plan you use for the 'McKormick' building yet? Is it true that you are petitioning the city to change Charles Street into Angelos Street.?

Man, the cynicism here is palpable. If it's all over and there's no way the Orioles can ever win, improve, etc., why are you on here posting? Go watch golf or something...Being a fan means you stick with the club no matter what. No matter Angelos, no matter bad pitching, no matter outrageous ticket prices...Granted, its depressing, but that's the life of a fan. Go O's!!!

History should show that Dan Duquette's assessment of Clemens being in the "twilight of his career" was accurate. Clemens' career was no doubt extended by steroids.

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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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