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November 3, 2011

Orioles likely to interview only 4 more: Duquette, Oppenheimer, Radcliff and Baird (update: Watson out)

The Orioles are likely to interview just four more candidates for their open GM position, according to an industry source.

They also lost one, when Los Angeles Dodgers' assistant GM De Jon Watson pulled his name out of consideration, according to another source.

They will speak with former Boston GM Dan Duquette on Friday and may interview the New York Yankees’ scouting director Damon Oppenheimer this weekend.

They have asked for and are expected to receive permission from the Yankees to interview Oppenheimer and from the Minnesota Twins to talk to vice president Mike Radcliff.

They also have asked the Boston Red Sox permission to talk to assistant GM and former Kansas City Royals GM Allard Baird.

They have not asked for permission for any other candidates and likely will not unless they do not settle on one candidate.

The Orioles did have interest in Chicago White Sox assistant GM Rick Hahn and Tampa Bay GM Andrew Friedman, but neither will interview.

Posted by Dan Connolly at 6:29 PM | | Comments (11)


No Thad Levine, huh?



O's fans watch season two premiere of The Walking Dead, realize they were looking in mirror.

HAHA I would have loved to have listened to the phone conversation with Friedman.

Seriously, to get Friedman he'd have to get TOTAL control of the franchise. I mean control that he showed up tomorrow and said I'm firing Buck that'd be cool. AND they'd have to pay him roughly $5 million per year, plus maybe give him a minority ownership stake like what Beane has in Oakland.

Why would the Orioles even think about him given what they're willing to offer, based on how they low balled LaCava?


They didn't lowball LaCava. You are wrong on that one.

This team is as boring and predictable off the field as it is on it. Any way to get Angelos' wife to divorce him? (Hey, it worked in LA.)

Why did Watson pull out? I was never that impressed with his resume, but it seems odd.

Seriously, and I mean SERIOUSLY, what does any of this matter?

Nothing's going to change for the better until the Angelos' (ALL OF THEM) are no longer associated with the Baltimore Orioles.

Sell The Team.
Sell The Team.
Sell The Team.
Sell The Team.
Sell The Team.
Sell The Team.

forget the gm, when do they reveal the new uniforms??

Camden Yards alum Charlie Sheen is available.


Both Ken Rosenthal and Keith Law have reported that multiple sources say LaCava was low balled.

I understand sources can be wrong, and you guys at the Sun are really plugged in, but Law especially is a reliable source here. He knows LaCava since they worked together for 4 or 5 years in Toronto. If he's saying LaCava was low balled and that his turning the job down was a "disaster caused by Angelos" I am inclined to believe him.


Trust me, he wasn't low-balled. He was in line to make a significant raise. Hammer away if you like, but the financial part is wrong.


He never said he was lowballed. He said that LaCava wanted to get rid of some of Angelos' "toadies" and was not allowed to do so. In other words, people under him would have had as much input into Angelos as he would have and that is no way to run a team.

Obviously, these people have been in Angelos' ear for some time and have gotten us this far down. If they had any self respect, they would wake up and realize they have no business whatsoever doing what they're doing as they have failed for over a decade. The sensible thing to do at this point would be to fall on their swords and resign whatever posts they have.

And Angelos... at this point, I don't know whether he is more hard headed and stubborn with his loyalty, or just a fool for still trusting these people.

Now the focus in the GM dating game is more clearly on scouting and player development... a very good thing, as we are so hurtin' there. Most interesting to me: Oppenheimer's Yankee experience stands out--used to a high standard in players and should have a good rolodex of names who can find them. Radcliff also, as the Twins organization has so excelled over the years in finding and developing players despite not having the Big City budget.

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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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