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Report: Andy MacPhail plans to walk away from Orioles

Aug 30, 2011, 8:56 PM EDT

Andy MacPhail AP

Bob Nightengale of USA Today was told by two “high-ranking Orioles officials” that Andy MacPhail plans to walk away from the Orioles at the end of the season. MacPhail, who was hired as president of baseball operations in June of 2007, is currently in the final year of his contract.

Nightengale hears that several replacements have been discussed internally, including Yankees general manager Brian Cashman, whose contract also expires at the end of the season.

Many believe Orioles manager Buck Showalter will end up in a front office position down the road, but he told Nightengale that he is not interested in the general manager job. However, he has grown close with owner Peter Angelos and should play a significant role in deciding on a replacement.

As for MacPhail’s future, many have floated his name in the past as a potential successor to commissioner Bud Selig.

  1. JBerardi - Aug 30, 2011 at 9:26 PM

    “Many believe Orioles manager Buck Showalter will end up in a front office position down the road, but he told Nightengale that he is not interested in the general manager job. However, he has grown close with owner Peter Angelos and should play a significant role in deciding on a replacement.

    Well, that’s about the worst news an Orioles fan could possibly hear.

    • randomdigits - Aug 30, 2011 at 9:33 PM

      Naw, the worst news would be that Peter named his sons co-gm’s.

      • Panda Claus - Aug 31, 2011 at 8:03 AM

        The hidden gem in all this is that MacPhail is still being mentioned as the successor for MLB commissioner. If folks around the league think Selig is slow at making decisions, wait’ll Andy gets in there. That being said, he’d probably represent an improvement in the Commissioner’s seat.

    • Old Gator - Aug 30, 2011 at 11:29 PM

      How does one grow close with Peter Angelos? Sticky secretions?

      • Panda Claus - Aug 31, 2011 at 7:48 AM

        Sounds like a lawsuit waiting to happen. Perhaps someone should call the law offices of Peter G. Angelos to investigate.

  2. rcali - Aug 30, 2011 at 9:55 PM

    MacPhailure strikes again!

  3. sknut - Aug 30, 2011 at 10:33 PM

    Is Cashman also in line to replace Jobs at Apple too?

    • D.J. Short - Aug 30, 2011 at 10:47 PM

      No, he’ll be too busy with his presidential run.

  4. kiwicricket - Aug 30, 2011 at 11:08 PM

    I thought Jamie McCourt had first dib’s on that position?

  5. humanexcrement - Aug 31, 2011 at 1:11 AM

    Forget Cal Ripken’s streak, we are now witnessing the greatest moment in Orioles history.

  6. humanexcrement - Aug 31, 2011 at 1:13 AM

    Yeah, I’m sure Cashman is going to walk away from the Yankees to manage a low-payroll team in a city that doesn’t give a fuck to work for a fifth-place team with less than 3 real prospects.

    • Panda Claus - Aug 31, 2011 at 7:50 AM

      On the surface it doesn’t appear to make a lot of sense for Cashman to leave, as you point out. However, if BC is exhausted of the lofty expectations he faces every year in NY, there’d certainly be less of that in Baltimore.

      Not that Cashman needs any leverage for a big, fat contract extension, but this certainly doesn’t hurt his chances of getting one.

    • randomdigits - Aug 31, 2011 at 10:35 AM

      For your information it is a mid-payroll city that cares, just not as much as it does about the Ravens.

      With Bundy in the fold they now have exactly 3 real prospects (Machado, Bundy, Schoop).

  7. pisano - Aug 31, 2011 at 9:08 AM

    Anyone that thinks Cashman would leave the Yankees for the Orioles or most any other team should have a urine test asap. The man not only makes big money, but with the boss gone the sons actually count on Cashman, and Cashman has always been loyal to the Yankees.

  8. atworkident - Aug 31, 2011 at 4:00 PM

    I heard he actually plans to RUN not walk away at the end of the year.

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