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November 29, 2011

Duquette believes Orioles staffing levels are sufficient

One of the things that interested me the most during Monday’s teleconference with Dan Duquette and new amateur scouting director Gary Rajsich was Duquette’s reaction when asked about the organization’s number of scouts.

This has been a bone of contention with many in the organization throughout the years. The Orioles trail many of their AL counterparts, especially East rivals the Toronto Blue Jays and Boston Red Sox, in resources and employees in their respective scouting departments. International, especially, is a comparative joke.

Duquette and Rajsich both said that one of their priorities is to fill some of the holes that were created this offseason when certain scouts left or were dismissed (as part of normal attrition). Beyond that, though, Duquette said he is comfortable with the numbers.

“In regards to the staffing and the staffing levels, we have appropriate staffing levels and we are going to be making some other changes to the staff to make sure that we are strong, not just in amateur scouting, but in professional and international scouting as well,” Duquette said.

So it seems like it will be more of a change in how the current personnel is utilized than a big spike in staffing numbers. Interesting development.

Truth is, some people within the past regime felt that was one of the things Andy MacPhail didn’t do well. He didn’t fully utilize those at his disposal, from his top assistants down to his area scouts. He was somewhat hands off when it came to that aspect of managing.

The Duquette regime, at least in this matter, looks like it will be different.

Posted by Dan Connolly at 10:00 AM | | Comments (2)


As the saying goes, work smarter, not harder.

I disagree with Duquette on this wholeheartedly. We cannot possibly compete with the Yanksox in terms of payroll, so we have to try to beat them in other ways. It starts with scouting, both nationally and internationally, and player development. Open your eyes Duquette.

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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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