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Andy MacPhail opts to step down as Orioles’ president

Oct 8, 2011, 11:02 AM EDT

Andy MacPhail AP

UPDATE: The Orioles have confirmed that Andy MacPhail has decided to walk away.

11:02 AM: This flew a little bit under the radar with all the excitement of the Diamondbacks-Brewers and Cardinals-Phillies yesterday, but Andy MacPhail will indeed step down as Orioles’ president. According to Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun, he is leaving the team to tend to family and personal obligations.

Most expected MacPhail to walk away following the season, but Connolly reports that Orioles owner Peter Angelos tried to convince him to stick around after a meeting last Thursday. However, those efforts proved unsuccessful.

No word on who might replace MacPhail, but Orioles manager Buck Showalter is not expected to leave the dugout for the front office.

While MacPhail is regarded as one of the most respected executives in the game, the Orioles struggled miserably during his four-plus years at the helm, going 307-432 with four consecutive last-place finishes.

  1. firedude7160 - Oct 8, 2011 at 12:08 PM

    It’s WAY past time for Peter Angelos to sell the team. Preferably to someone that is actually willing to spend some money

    • randomdigits - Oct 8, 2011 at 12:41 PM

      PA is willing to spend money. Cheap owners don’t waste 8 million on Vlad and 10 million on Gregg.

      PA spends the money on the wrong things, and for that, yes he needs to go if the O’s are ever to become relevant again.

      • firedude7160 - Oct 8, 2011 at 1:38 PM

        I ment to add “on pitching” to the end of that. Pitching has been a week spot for the O’s for a couple years. They have a couple young, talented, position guys (Adam Jones being the best) that they need to hang on to. If they could add some competent starting pitching to that team they could be relevant.

      • randomdigits - Oct 8, 2011 at 1:43 PM

        You mean starting pitching right? They spent 10 million on Gregg and 12 million on Gonzo these last two offseasons.

        Wieters is also pretty clearly a better player then Jones, unless you give bonus points for his twitter account.

      • firedude7160 - Oct 8, 2011 at 3:13 PM

        Yes, I was referring to starting pitching. Some of the holes the starting pitchers have gotten them into make it almost impossible to have a winning season.

      • firedude7160 - Oct 8, 2011 at 3:19 PM

        And Adam Jones defense is what I based my comment on (don’t get to see a lot of that from Wieters behind the plate). But a quick check of their batting stat lines and I don’t see how you can say Wieters is clearly better than Jones

  2. ditto65 - Oct 8, 2011 at 1:12 PM

    Orioles story during the playoffs? Really? Damn East Coast Bias…

    *sarcasm ;-)

  3. randomdigits - Oct 8, 2011 at 3:38 PM

    Wieters was a 4 WAR player per baseball reference this season, Jones was 1.7.

    Fangraphs have them at 4.3 and 2.9.

    Their OPS+ is within a point of each other and Jones is no where near the defensive player that Wieters is.

    • firedude7160 - Oct 8, 2011 at 7:09 PM

      They play completely different positions. How can you even begin to compare their defensive abilities?

      • randomdigits - Oct 8, 2011 at 7:25 PM

        1- All the defensive metrics I have seen show Wieters to be the best defensive catcher in the game this year and they all have Jones being a bit below average amongst center fielders.

        2- Tango’s fan scouting website agrees with me-
        http://www.tangotiger.net/scout/index4.php?teamid=110&team=Baltimore%20Orioles

        3- I am an O’s fan that watched them both play frequently this year, Wieters was ridiculously good behind the plate. Jones, while having a good arm, did not get a lot of balls a more mobile centerfielder, with better reads, would have caught.

        The long and the short of it is, I am judging them against their peers.

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