Duquette introduced as executive vice president
The Dan Duquette era has officially begun.
Duquette, 53, was introduced as the Orioles’ executive vice president of baseball operations at a news conference Tuesday morning at the Warehouse. He becomes the seventh man to hold the team’s top executive spot in the past 16 years, succeeding Andy MacPhail, who resigned as president of baseball operations last month.
In his first remarks as a major league executive since 2002, Duquette pledged to turn around an Orioles team that hasn't had a winning season since 1997.
"I'm here to build a contending team that everyone in Baltimore can be proud of," said Duquette, who wore a white dress shirt and orange tie under a dark suit.
"I'm so thankful for this opportunity to the Angelos family. I'm going to do everything in my power to help this club succeed."
Duquette, the general manager of the Montreal Expos from 1991 to 1994 and Boston Red Sox from 1994 to 2002, was at one time considered one baseball’s shrewdest executives. He is credited with orchestrating some of the personnel moves that led to Boston’s winning its first World Series in 86 years in 2004, two years after he was fired.
However, Duquette was also known for a brashness that rankled many in baseball, both in Boston and around the big leagues.
In nine years between major league jobs, Duquette’s activities included starting the short-lived Israel Baseball League, establishing and running a sports camp for kids and owning and operating a college-level summer team.
"I've kept my skills sharp. ... I've maintained my contacts." Duquette said Tuesday. "My focus is going to be sharper [after being away from the game].
"This challenge is the kind of challenge that I look for and the kind of challenge that I successfully met" in Montreal and Boston, Duquette said later.
He is the second Duquette to hold a prominent position in the Orioles’ front office. His cousin, Jim, also served as vice president of baseball operations in 2005-2006, working alongside Mike Flanagan.