Orioles set to hire Dan Duquette as GM

Mailbag: Working The Count
Saturday Night Open Thread

Via Tim Kurkjian, the Orioles are close to hiring Dan Duquette to be their new GM. Yankees amateur scouting director Damon Oppenheimer was a candidate for the job, but Dan Connolly reports that the O’s never even set up an interview with him.

Duquette hasn’t been in MLB for nearly ten years now. He was GM of the Expos from 1991-1994, then GM of the Red Sox from 1994-2001. He should get a bunch of credit for building the 2004 World Series team, but he doesn’t because crediting Theo Epstein is a better story. Duquette was the guy that brought in Pedro Martinez, Manny Ramirez, Derek Lowe, Jason Varitek, and Johnny Damon. Anyway, hooray for keeping Oppenheimer.

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Mailbag: Working The Count
Saturday Night Open Thread
  • http://twitter.com/#!/EricDKoch eric

    The Duke follows me on twitter, I’ll be sure to send him awesome trade proposals I hear about from RAB

    • Soriano Is A Liar

      ADAM JONES AND MATT WIETERS FOR A-ROD OK THANKS

    • Brian S.

      Do they still want Mark Teixeira?

      • Brian S.

        Mark Teixeira and Russel Martin for Matt Wieters. BOOM! Opens up a spot for Montero in the field since ZERO PEOPLE THINK HE CAN CATCH or you can have Swisher play first, keep Montero at DH, and sign teh Beltranz for right field.

        • Jumpin’ Jack Swisher

          I just came up wit teh tradez on mah PS3.

          • Brian S.

            TEH ORIOLEZ WOULD TOTES DO THAT BECUZ WERE THE YANKEEZ

        • bankers hours

          Nobody has been more critical of Tex than me but that trade is absurd.

          • Brian S.

            Not when you take into account the 25 million dollars it frees up.

      • http://www.bronxbombersreport.com Craig Maduro

        Teixeira is going to be fine. As a matter of fact, if we were on Ball Street I’d be buying a lot of Mark Teixeira stock. Crappy metaphor aside, the dude is as professional as they get and he’s already climbed the biggest hurdle to resolving a problem –> realizing/admitting there is a problem in the first place.

        After a winter hitting session with Kevin Long, the real Teix will return in 2012.

        • Brian S.

          I doubt it he sucks ass.

          • http://www.bronxbombersreport.com Craig Maduro

            He’s going to have a monster 2012 and this time next year we’re going to be laughing about how so many people were giving up on him.

            • http://www.bronxbombersreport.com Craig Maduro

              Well…you won’t be obviously.

              • Brian S.

                Or he’ll have a sub .320 OBP against right handed pitching in the regular season and have a .400 OPS in the playoffs again.

          • Dino Velvet

            He’s wife is pretty hot, so I’m sure he sucks ass.

  • OPPENHEIMER IS A LIAR

    HE LIED TO THE ORIOLE FANBASE

    • radnom

      lol, wat?

    • LiterallyFigurative

      WTF is up with all these “_________ Is A Liar” names popping up lately?

  • steve (different one)

    Also the guy who famously said Clemens was in the twilight of his career. Which was probably true, without steroids…

    • Urban

      Nah. Clemens last year in Boston was quite strong. Before his PED days in Toronto, Clemens had run into a number of injuries in the preceeding years, and I think it finally clicked in on him during 1996 that he was going to have to better his conditioning, and like pretty everything he does, once he embraces an idea, it’s full speed ahead. I’m guessing the conditioning program also eventually led him to PEDs when he arrived in Toronto, but that’s an issue for another day.

      Ignore the 10-13 won/lost record, which was a product of run support and the bullpen. Clemens’ 140 ERA+, his 3.60 ERA (3.40 FIP) pitching in Fenway in the AL East and against the DH during the height of the hitting boom was impressive. Over 240 innings, low hits per inning total, led the league in strikeouts and strikeout percentage, his fastball was still hitting the upper 90s, and he had the second 20-strikeout game of his career. His second half was better than the first half.

      This was not a man in twilight. Like many great power pitchers, he had to make some changes once he got into his early 30s, but seemingly had figured it out before he hooked up with Brian McNamee in Toronto.

      I’d sign Clemens 1996 to a five-year $100 million contract even if he never touched a steroid.

      • steve (different one)

        I agree with that Clemens’ last year in Boston is misremembered because of the W-L record. But for about 10 years, Duquette was mocked incessantly for that quote. Knowing what we “know” now, it just seems like a more defensible position. Sure, Clemens wasn’t washed up, but it was reasonable to expect a graceful decline. It was not, IMO, reasonable to expect one of the best 2 year stretches of pitching in baseball history at ages 35-36, and 4 more CYAs. And it is because of that that Duquette was ridiculed.

        • deadrody

          And rightfully so. Clemens went under the fung wah in Boston. You know it and I know it. Imagine how badly it looked with the Yankees and Jeter sniping at each other last year. And then imagine if the Yankees had then LET Jeter walk.

          You just don’t do that to your franchise player.

          It was a bad move, made exceedingly worse by the numbers Clemens eventually put up. But either way, letting him walk was a bad move.

  • Mike HC

    Good news to me. We get to keep our top minds for at least another year.

    • Mike HC

      I also tend to think for no reason in particular that the Orioles are a sleeping giant in free agency this year. I think they will try to land one or two of the top names this year.

      • http://www.bronxbombersreport.com Craig Maduro

        Is it just me or have a lot of teams emerged as “sleeping giants” this offseason? Whether its media speculation or the team making some comment here or there, it seems like a lot of teams are “willing to add payroll” or “looking to make a splash”. Giants, Marlins, Nationals, Rangers, maybe the O’s. Just seems like more than usual.

        • Billion$Bullpen

          Good for them all being sleeping giants. This year free agent class sucks and this is the type of free agent class we need to not overspend on. We should spend big $ on THE player we want and need and we should not have to chase the market, instead our team sets the market quite a bit of the time. Good for us. Bad for the O’s fans who may get some fat first baseman that will end up a DH sooner than later for huge money.

          Why would anybody sign with the O’s unless they had no other choice or they overpay them by at least 40 percent?

  • vinny-b

    excellent hiring.

  • viridiana

    One clue to the nastiness of the Lucchino/Henry team was the way the dumped Duquette early on.

    • Urban

      I think they just wanted to start with a clean slate, similar to Epstein axing Quade as the manager in Chicago. If you’re brought in to make changes, then you bring in your own people. Duquette was too much apart of the old regime for him to stay around, even though he did a very good job of professionalizing the front office and rebuilding the farm system. He built the entire foundation that allowed the Red Sox to win the World Series within eighteen months of his exit.

  • viridiana

    the way THEY dumped, meant to say

  • S

    I bet you Duquette was the only guy who was willing to swallow his pride, become a “GM in name only” and let Angelos continue screwing up the oldest and one of the most beloved franchises.

    • UYF1950

      Agreed, I think the O’s just wanted to make sure this time when they offered the job to someone he was going to take it.

      • JohnnyC

        OTOH, you know Duquette’s got the inside track on all the best Israeli ballplayers.

    • Urban

      If that’s the case, then Angelos has made a mistake. Duquette is not known for his warm personality of for bending much. It’s his way or the highway. Sandwiched between Angelos and Showalter is sure to make for some interesting fireworks.

  • mr.jigginz

    “He should get a bunch of credit for building the 2004 World Series team, but he doesn’t because crediting Theo Epstein is a better story.” —-THANK YOU,Mike…I’ve been battling with people over this for years.

  • Jumpin’ Jack Swisher

    “In other news, Dan Duquette was hired to ultimately fail as Orioles GM today.”

    • Billion$Bullpen

      Lets make sure the man actually takes the job, before we say he is their GM, there has been some history of people turning down this job no?

  • bonestock94

    Meh, not sure how much he’ll be able to accomplish with that owner and not being able to bring in his own people.

  • Professor Longnose

    Dan Duquette
    Doesn’t get
    enough credit,
    And I’m glad someone finally said it.

  • deadrody

    He should get a bunch of credit for building the 2004 World Series team, but he doesn’t because crediting Theo Epstein is a better story. Duquette was the guy that brought in Pedro Martinez, Manny Ramirez, Derek Lowe, Jason Varitek, and Johnny Damon. Anyway, hooray for keeping Oppenheimer. ·

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    And Theo brought in Kevin Millar, Bill Mueller, Curt Schilling, Keith Foulke, and David Ortiz. In one year. Split them 50-50 if you like, but that’s being generous to Duquette.