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Yet again the Orioles fail to get their man

Nov 1, 2011, 7:30 PM EDT

Peter Angelos AP

We know that Blue Jays assistant Tony LaCava wants to be a general manager. He just doesn’t want to be the Orioles’ general manager.

According to’s Ken Rosenthal, LaCava turned down Baltimore’s offer to serve as their GM, or whatever they’re calling the equivalent role these days. The Orioles under Peter Angelos don’t actually employ general managers. Technically, Andy MacPhail was the president of baseball operations.

Whatever it’s called, it’s clear it’s not one of baseball’s plum jobs at the moment. The Orioles have substantial resources, but between the meddling owner and the idea of competing against baseball’s behemoths in the AL East, it’s not hard to see why LaCava would pass on the opportunity if he thinks something better will come along in the next couple of years.

So, the Orioles have struck out yet again. It’s not necessarily such a bad thing; as well regarded as LaCava is around baseball, there’s no telling whether he’ll be a better GM than any number of alternatives.

But it does look bad. The Orioles can’t land top free agents and now they couldn’t even bring in their top choice to take over as GM. One wonders if things will ever change as long as Angelos is around.

  1. APBA Guy - Nov 1, 2011 at 7:36 PM

    Things won’t change. He’s profiting handsomely from an empty stadium and a bad team. Any owner who ran off Pat Gillick deserves only our contempt.

  2. bigtrainrr - Nov 1, 2011 at 8:00 PM

    The last sentence says it all.

  3. stinkfist5 - Nov 1, 2011 at 8:19 PM

    I don’t think I’m going to buy my season tickets this year…at least the Ravens’ owner is competent.

  4. simon94022 - Nov 1, 2011 at 8:23 PM

    As soon as the Dodgers are disinfected of the McCourts, Angelos will reclaim his title as MLB’s Worst Owner.

    • mrfloydpink - Nov 1, 2011 at 9:14 PM

      I think the Wilpons might have something to say about that.

  5. lyon810 - Nov 1, 2011 at 8:42 PM

    With his many riches, you think old Pete would do something to alter his “exhumed corpse” look.

    • natstowngreg - Nov 1, 2011 at 9:22 PM

      Looks like Roy Cohn, the notorius New York lawyer and aide to Sen. Joe McCarthy’s witch hunts of the early 50s.

  6. natstowngreg - Nov 1, 2011 at 9:37 PM

    Trying to deny those of us in the DC area our own team was enough reason to detest Angelos. Even worse was ruining a respected franchise, then demanding that we root for it. I feel for O’s fans.

  7. Panda Claus - Nov 1, 2011 at 10:41 PM

    The hits in Baltimore just keep coming. Too bad they’re often disguised as kicks to the teeth and stomach punches.

  8. lawyermalloy - Nov 2, 2011 at 6:08 AM

    Why would anyone in their right mind want to work for this guy? Not only did he run Pat Gillick, one of the best baseball men in the business, out of town, he also fired Davie Johnson the very year he won Manager of The Year. He’s an embarressment to the game of Baseball. While Bud Selig seems to concentrate on the Dodgers plight and the idiot who runs that franchise, he considers Angelos as a trusted friend.

  9. henryd3rd - Nov 2, 2011 at 7:46 AM

    Buck Sholwalter must have the patience of Job. How is it that this man has worked for some of the worst owners in baseball and yet retain his dignity?

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