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Report: Jerry Dipoto was first to turn down the Orioles

Nov 2, 2011, 5:40 PM EDT

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On the heels of Tuesday’s news that Blue Jays assistant GM Tony Lacava turned down the Orioles’ GM opening comes word from ESPN’s Buster Olney today that Jerry Dipoto was originally Baltimore’s top choice, but that he withdrew from the process following his interview.

Dipoto has since been named GM of the Angels.

After relaying the news, which came from an undisclosed source, Olney went on to tweet:

There are other highly regarded assistant GMs telling friends they would not consider O’s job if called. O’s have major perception problem.

That’s apparently in addition to the reality problem they’ve struggled with for years.

  1. halladaysbiceps - Nov 2, 2011 at 5:46 PM

    Peter Angelos must be a real difficult guy to work for. 2 guys have turned down the GM job there. Unbelievable.

    Well, Peter, don’t worry. There is a guy that will be available soon when he’s fired after the sale of a certain team is finalized. Mr. Angelos, meet Mr. Ed Wade.

    Pete, Mr. Wade will not turn down the job and will even work on the cheap. I can’t guarantee he will make you into a winner, but I can guarantee he will trade all of your star players and improve your farm system. The Ed Wade plan will make you into a contender in a mere 6-10 years.

    • natstowngreg - Nov 2, 2011 at 7:09 PM

      OK, suppose Ed Wade became the Orioles’ GM. Who do you want him to trade to the Phillies?

    • randomdigits - Nov 2, 2011 at 7:32 PM

      Sadly enough 6-10 years isn’t looking that bad to me considering how the last 14 have gone.

    • rambodiaz - Nov 2, 2011 at 8:53 PM

      Ed Wade: The GM that you hope the *other* teams in your division get.

      Gosh, the Orioles might never recover from him.

  2. A.J. - Nov 2, 2011 at 5:47 PM

    Jerry Dipoto, Hipster GM…

    He turned down the Orioles before it was mainstream.

  3. bleedpurplenblack - Nov 2, 2011 at 5:47 PM

    Blame Angelos.

  4. Kyle - Nov 2, 2011 at 6:18 PM

    This is just not looking good for ownership at all. Crazy.

    • stinkfist5 - Nov 2, 2011 at 7:27 PM

      Honeybadger (AKA: Angelos) don’t give a sh*t.

      Yeah he’s a jerk and the entire state loathes him.

  5. sknut - Nov 2, 2011 at 6:33 PM

    I too will turn down this job just to avoid any confusion.

  6. barklikeadog - Nov 2, 2011 at 6:40 PM

    It’s obvious what a sh*thole b-more really is!

    • stinkfist5 - Nov 2, 2011 at 7:24 PM

      Have you ever been to either of the Baltimore stadiums? Clearly you haven’t. Camden Yards is 20 years old and is still one of the nicest stadiums.

  7. SmackSaw - Nov 2, 2011 at 6:43 PM

    Frank McCourt will be looking for a job soon.

  8. randomdigits - Nov 2, 2011 at 7:34 PM

    I don’t see this as bad as LaCava. Dipoto already had strong interest from the Angels. It is a no brainer to take the LAA over Baltimore. It is telling when a 50 year old would rather stay an assistant GM.

  9. bigtrav425 - Nov 2, 2011 at 9:22 PM

    why is Dipoto such a hot item?..sounds like everyone is trying ot find the new Theo…only problem is it only works if your a team who has boatloads of cash on hand.im not a baltimore fan but man they need some kinda luck over there but so does my tribe

    • ptho16 - Nov 3, 2011 at 7:54 AM

      I’m a tribe fan who moved to baltimore and the two franchises are night and day. The Indians have the right strategy for their market and make a run every couple of years, the Orioles front office is terrible, they missed on a ton of draft picks and they seem to be content with having aging veterans come in and play rather than letting youngsters get a shot.

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