Afternoon everyone, there’s not a lot been going on as of late; however, there has obviously been quite a few developments with the Orioles.
As we all know, Andy MacPhail will leave the organization at the end of the month. Currently, the Orioles are conducting a search for his replacement.
Granted, I have not heard a lot from the media or various sources so far for the general manager position, but one would think that the Orioles need to get someone in place soon. Obviously, there’s a lot of work and decisions that have to be made about the team in 2012 and the organization in the years to come.
The Orioles are starting to interview candidates for their GM opening this week.
MASN’s Roch Kubatko reported that Jerry Dipoto of the Diamondbacks and Tony LaCava will interview this week for the general manager spot.
From what I see, the Orioles are not going after a superstar name – ala, the Chicago Cubs; however, it looks like they are going to get someone with experience, competent, that’s not too young, and has a strong handle on player development.
In addition, I would think the person hired would have get along with the team brain trust and Buck Showalter (who I think will have tremendous influence on the future with the organization).
Whatever happens, the new general manager would need to hit the ground running and continue the rebuilding process and the continued development in the minors.
The Orioles will also need a new scouting director as Joe Jordan – who had his share of successes and misses with Baltimore – moved onto the Phillies as the new director of player development.
Looking at the big picture, Jordan did the best job he could; however, considering some of the players he acquired to fill the minor league system, it was a lackluster job.