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Why did Tony LaCava turn down the Orioles?

Nov 3, 2011, 1:18 PM EDT

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Tony LaCava was very professional with his comments about the Orioles, saying they handled the interview process with class and explaining that his decision to turn down the general manager job was due to wanting to remain with the Blue Jays.

That never really passed the smell test, at least not entirely, and sure enough Danny Knobler of CBSSports.com reports that Orioles owner Peter Angelos rebuffed LaCava’s desire to remake the team’s front office:

LaCava wanted to clear out some long-term front-office people whose jobs have been protected by Angelos. Angelos refused to do that, even though he was willing to pay LaCava a competitive salary and to bring in other front-office people that LaCava wanted to hire (including Mike Berger, currently the director of pro scouting with the Diamondbacks).

The fact that few top candidates want to work for Angelos is certainly nothing new, but Buck Showalter’s involvement and the perception that he might be the guy ultimately running the show has seemingly made the Orioles’ job even less appealing than usual. Jerry Dipoto joined LaCava in turning down the gig and the Orioles have expanded their GM search to include several candidates who weren’t involved in the first batch of interviews.

  1. paperlions - Nov 3, 2011 at 1:38 PM

    Getting squeezed between Angelos and Showalter was the first thing that occurred to me when I say LaCava turned down the job. Who wants to be fired when the moves Buck pushes you into and the subset of moves you want to make that Angelos approves don’t work out? all while working around FO people you didn’t hire…just a horrible job situation.

  2. stinkfist5 - Nov 3, 2011 at 1:43 PM

    Ugh, this is frustrating.

    • stinkfist5 - Nov 3, 2011 at 1:48 PM

      Bisciotti should buy the team from PeterPuffer.

      • randomdigits - Nov 3, 2011 at 4:18 PM

        Angelos has to agree to sell before Bisciotti can buy.

      • ravensos - Nov 3, 2011 at 5:51 PM

        I don’t think NFL owners are allowed to own franchises in other sports. I’d love to see a Kevin Plank / Cal Ripken team-up, Maryland would go nuts.

      • Kevin S. - Nov 3, 2011 at 8:35 PM

        Glazer owns Manchester United. Paul Allen owns the Portland Trail Blazers.

  3. Francisco (FC) - Nov 3, 2011 at 1:55 PM

    Can the fine people of Baltimore request a similar auction of the team that’s going on in LA? Maybe they can do a two-for-one deal and split auction costs?

    • DJ MC - Nov 3, 2011 at 2:19 PM

      Baltimore got the auction once already: when Eli Jacobs went bankrupt in 1992. That’s how Angelos bought the club, outbidding Bill DeWitt (who bought the Cardinals instead).

      Everyone thought the Orioles were rescued from an apathetic owner in Jacobs. And for a couple years, we were right…

  4. fellspointbird - Nov 3, 2011 at 2:05 PM

    What’s worse is that even if Angelos sells the team, he’ll still own the rights to MASN. God knows where that money is going right now.

    My beloved O’s have gone from the best team in baseball to the worst. Awesome.

  5. fellspointbird - Nov 3, 2011 at 2:07 PM

    If memory serves, wasn’t Lee Mazzilli not allowed to choose his managerial staff when he was hired?

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