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September 25, 2010

MLB: If DuPuy is out, who's in?

kastengetty.jpgReports are surfacing that Major League Baseball president and chief operating officer Bob DuPuy is on his way out, which presumably would open up the No. 2 spot in the MLB hierarchy for the person who eventually will replace commissioner Bud Selig.

Nobody is saying anything, but the timing of the leak from an unnamed baseball official seems suspiciously coincidental with the announcement on Thursday that Washington Nationals president Stan Kasten is stepping down at the end of the season. Kasten (left) is a longtime MLB insider who has played a major role in the economic development of the sport over the past three decades.

Both Kasten and Orioles president of baseball operations Andy MacPhail have been mentioned in speculation about an eventual replacement for Selig, but neither has directly addressed that possibility.

Kasten's explanation for leaving the Nationals -- but not retiring -- is easy to interpret as a signal that he might be headed to New York.

"I know the stories and speculation," Kasten told reporters on Thursday. "Let me assure you, this is just about me. This has nothing to do with anybody else or anything else. This is just about me, what's good for me, for my family and my own personal expectations, goals, aspirations - purely that and nothing else."

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Posted by Peter Schmuck at 2:22 PM | | Comments (6)
Categories: Just baseball


I never even heard of this man today.

This might be the best news to hit Baltimore since Cal Ripken was made starting shortstop for the Orioles!

But I will tell you this if Andy Mac were to leave the Orioles organization for Bob's old position. I would be ALL for it!

There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies and then Andy MacPhail.

Katzen has more experinece in the business of baseball. Andy MacPhail is a bit a jelly fish, which is what the owners would want. I would go after Larry Lucchino. He is more well versed in the economics of baseball, dealing with political entities and is a friend of Selig (made sure he was part of the Red Sox deal).

They have to make the move to a younger person. Baseball needs someone who will not be afraid to embrace technology. They have to get to a place where the calls are correct, where no-hitters aren't stolen from pitchers and where everyone is playing on a level playing field.

They need someone from outside the game but with an insider's perspective of what needs to be fixed, someone who is not beholden to either the owners or the players, someone who knows how to handle himself with a microphone in front of him, someone like, dare I say it, . . . Peter Schmuck!

This IS AM's gig. It was made for him......



Maybe AM can take Hendrickson with him and give a special assignment. All of you who persisted last off season that the O's must re-sign this compete stiff should be ashamed of yourselves.

AM - Take The Job

Who cares about who's 2nd in command? Let's talk about the brutal loss today which can be a good thing if the O's upper brass is paying attention.
There's no way you are going to win too many games with the likes of Lugo, Fox and Itzuris in the lineup. The Jays showed how important the long ball is and we need some more power. Pretty bad when most of the Jays lineup is outhomering Nick-the face of the franchise. When the bases are loaded, I want him to hit the ball, not draw a bases loaded walk.
Let's give him the benefit of the doubt this year and give him a power bat or 2 for 'protection' so that he can erase the stench of his 10 Hr-55 RBI season.
Heck, even Lyle Overbay looks good!

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