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Report: Tony LaCava turns down Orioles’ GM job

Nov 1, 2011, 5:30 PM EDT

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UPDATE: Turns out maybe it wasn’t the Orioles who were having second thoughts about LaCava, but the other way around? Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that LaCava has turned down Baltimore’s general manager job.

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Last week various reports had the Orioles all but settled on Blue Jays assistant general manager Tony LaCava as their new GM, but now Peter Schmuck of the Baltimore Sun writes that “there are rumblings out of the front office that the interview process may be extended for at least a few more days.”

LaCava met with ownership yesterday, but according to Schmuck “the Orioles still aren’t settled on a candidate” and “there might be more interviews.”

He speculates that Peter Angelos “wasn’t that impressed with LaCava or LaCava wanted more authority than Angelos was willing to allow.”

Whatever the case, with free agency about to start you’d think the Orioles would want their new GM ready to make decisions very soon.

  1. Panda Claus - Nov 1, 2011 at 12:34 PM

    The key word here is “speculates”. Schmuck is probably guessing like the rest of us.

  2. brewcrewfan54 - Nov 1, 2011 at 12:58 PM

    His last name is schmuk!? That’s awesome!

    • southpaw2k - Nov 1, 2011 at 1:01 PM

      Oh yes, and his blog is The Schmuck Stops Here. He’s one of my favorite Baltimore writers.

      • brewcrewfan54 - Nov 1, 2011 at 1:31 PM

        While I’m not a fan of Baltimore sports I’m going to have to check that out. Thanks!

  3. natstowngreg - Nov 1, 2011 at 1:23 PM

    Peter Angelos reserves the right to keep screwing up his team.

  4. lapsncaps - Nov 1, 2011 at 1:28 PM

    So, when is Selig going to force Angelos to sell the O’s? They are in worse shambles then the Dodgers. Come-on Selig, do what you know has been needed for the last 15 years! Force em to sell!

  5. b7p19 - Nov 1, 2011 at 1:44 PM

    So then I guess they are still thinking about stealing Josh Byrnes from the Padres?

  6. stinkfist5 - Nov 1, 2011 at 2:03 PM

    Get Thad! I’ll settle for Freidman…or Jennings…

  7. Graves - Nov 1, 2011 at 5:39 PM

    *sigh*

    Okay…fiiiiiiiiiiine. I’ll take the job.

  8. proudlycanadian - Nov 1, 2011 at 5:52 PM

    Obviously, LaCava realized that working for Angelos would not be very enjoyable for him. He is better off being # 2 with the Jays than # 1 in Baltimore. Rosenthal has always had some ties with the Jays through Rogers Sportsnet, so I believe his story.

    • zsachse - Nov 1, 2011 at 6:02 PM

      Yesterday he met with Angelos for the first time (Good ol Pete couldn’t be bothered to show up the first time he was interviewed). So after meeting him LaCava clearly realized that he would have no chance at success in this orginization and that he would rather risk never being seriously considered for any other GM job than work here. I get that as a Jays fan you think that being the number 2 in Toronto is better than being number 1 elsewhere, but it isn’t supposed to work that way. For me this is as bad as the mothers day massacre and the 30-3 atrocity, this orginization is close to irreparable.

  9. Ari Collins - Nov 1, 2011 at 6:18 PM

    Are the Orioles the only team that has a 0% chance of making the playoffs over the next five years?

    • zsachse - Nov 1, 2011 at 6:24 PM

      Can we make that number negative?

    • rambodiaz - Nov 2, 2011 at 8:12 AM

      Sadly, I’m beginning to fear that a team in Pittsburgh might be right there with them.

  10. randomdigits - Nov 1, 2011 at 6:26 PM

    The Peter Angelos effect everybody!

    Once Mccourt is out in LA PA can resume his rightful place as worst owner in baseball.

  11. APBA Guy - Nov 1, 2011 at 7:33 PM

    Boy, I just got through blasting Lew Wolff over on the A’s post and compared him to a lightweight version of Loria. But then there’s Angelos, the man who invented profiting from an empty stadium.

    Bud-lite won’t do anything about Angelos. He likes Angelos. Angelos is a friend of his. Angelos helped usher in this era of labor peace by talking sense to the other owners. Or so goeth the lesson.

    Amazing though, how Bud’s friends run such bad teams out on the field so consistently.

  12. bigtrainrr - Nov 1, 2011 at 8:05 PM

    Pete could hire me as GM. I mean I’d have no real responsibilities since Pete makes all the decisions anyway.

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