Proefrock interviews Thursday; more GM stuff: Radcliff, the other Duquette?
The Orioles will interview a fifth candidate for their vacant top executive position, and it’s a name familiar to the organization.
Scott Proefrock, who was the Orioles’ director of baseball administration from 2006 to 2008, will meet with the Orioles’ search committee Thursday.
Proefrock, 51, was one of the more well-respected front office lieutenants during his time with the Orioles, but he left after the 2008 season to become the assistant general manager of the Philadelphia Phillies.
Known as a contracts and rules expert, Proefrock also worked in scouting and development for the Pittsburgh Pirates and Atlanta Braves. Before joining the Orioles, he was an assistant general manager for the Tampa Bay Devil Rays.
He and his family still live in Phoenix, Md.
The Orioles have also asked permission to interview Minnesota Twins vice president Mike Radcliff, who has spent 24 years with that organization and is in charge of their player-evaluation process at the major and minor league levels.
There have been no other interviews scheduled, but it’s likely the Orioles will talk to a few more candidates besides Proefrock.
The Orioles were intrigued by White Sox vice president Rick Hahn, but an industry source said Hahn is expected to stay with Chicago for the foreseeable future.
The Orioles could continue to expand their search, and potential candidates include New York Yankees scouting director Damon Oppenheimer and former Boston Red Sox GM Dan Duquette.
No one in the front office of the Texas Rangers, including Northern Virginia native Thad Levine, has been contacted by the Orioles for a potential interview, an industry source said.
The Orioles have interviewed four candidates: Jerry Dipoto, who took the Los Angeles Angels’ GM job; the Toronto Blue Jays' Tony LaCava, who turned down the Orioles' position; Los Angeles Dodgers assistant GM De Jon Watson; and Orioles player-development director John Stockstill.
Watson and Stockstill have not been ruled out, but there is no plan to re-interview either.