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Allard Baird withdraws name from consideration for Orioles’ GM job

Nov 4, 2011, 10:00 PM EDT

Allard Baird AP

Another day, another candidate drops out out the running for the Orioles’ general manager job. Nice to know you can still count on something in this cruel, cruel world.

Earlier this morning we learned that the Orioles planned to ask permission to interview Red Sox vice president of player personnel and pro scouting Allard Baird. Well, Jon Heyman of SI.com reports that while the former Royals’ GM was “tempted by the idea” of joining forces with O’s manager Buck Showalter, he didn’t want to leave new Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington.

Just to bring us up to date, that means the O’s have been turned down by Baird, Jerry Dipoto, Tony LaCava and DeJon Watson.

Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun brings word that former Expos and Red Sox general manager Dan Duquette did interview for the job today, most likely under his own free will, and the Orioles have received permission to speak with Yankees scouting director Damon Oppenheimer. Meanwhile, Phillies assistant general manager Scott Proefrock and Orioles director of player development John Stockstill remain in the mix.

For what it’s worth, Connolly speculates that Duquette must be considered the favorite for the gig based on what the Orioles were originally seeking (a warm and willing body?) in a candidate. Brittany Ghiroli of MLB.com hears that the Orioles were hoping to make a decision by Monday, though that seems a little on the quick side now.

  1. jwbiii - Nov 4, 2011 at 10:12 PM

    (a warm and willing body?)

    Anybody who doesn’t run away screaming.

    • yankeesfanlen - Nov 4, 2011 at 10:30 PM

      Extra points for hair on fire.

  2. yankeesfanlen - Nov 4, 2011 at 10:29 PM

    This is fascinating- once worked in an industry where everybody (a finite number of qualified applicants) knew the pecadillos of every company and made it impossible for certain positions to be filled.
    Guess it’s easier to work for the Steinbrenners after all.

  3. sknut - Nov 4, 2011 at 10:38 PM

    Who are the next three canidates, Minya, Steve Phillips and that homeless guy underneth the bridge overpass?

    • CJ - Nov 4, 2011 at 11:50 PM

      Nah, just Minaya and Phillips. The homeless guy was offered the job last week and turned it down..

  4. halladaysbiceps - Nov 4, 2011 at 11:36 PM

    This is getting ridiculous. I have no more jokes for the Orioles.

  5. bloodysock - Nov 5, 2011 at 12:06 AM

    The Orioles are reaching to the barren depths to find somebody to take the job. Duquette hasn’t held a MLB job since 2002.

  6. Ben - Nov 5, 2011 at 1:55 AM

    Give the job to Gleeman. Actually, don’t. I keep hoping he’ll take over for Bill Smith.

    • nixonotis - Nov 5, 2011 at 2:01 AM

      My buddy, who is a MAJOR Twins fan, got me into Gleeman’s writing years ago. It was such a pleasant surprise when he cropped up here on HBT, I only wish he would write a bit more.

  7. mrfloydpink - Nov 5, 2011 at 7:02 AM

    Isn’t it about time for the Orioles to give Kevin Malone a call?

  8. nameisstan - Nov 5, 2011 at 7:06 AM

    Can you spell A-N-G-E-L-O-S? Or is it A-N-G-E—–L-O-S-E?

    Please Mr. Angelose, SELL THIS TEAM.

    Let them become winners again.

    • stinkfist5 - Nov 5, 2011 at 12:02 PM

      If only us fans had our way…He’d he sent back to Pittsburgh, where he came from. Cal, Cuban, somebody give this man an offer he can’t refuse!

  9. randomdigits - Nov 5, 2011 at 8:47 AM

    Don’t forget that Angelos wanted Andy to stay on and he declined. So you can add his name to the turned down list.

    • stinkfist5 - Nov 5, 2011 at 11:54 AM

      Along with Radcliff(he declined, just had the Twins say it instead), the White Sox guy (Hahn comes to mind), Friedman. Sad….

  10. phillyphreak - Nov 5, 2011 at 8:57 AM

    How soon before the job is listed on Monster.com?

  11. cowboysoldiertx - Nov 5, 2011 at 12:28 PM

    I got a call and a job offer from the Orioiles this morning but I had to turn it down. The suck to bad for me to be the GM and I can’t stand those damn ppl up north.

  12. Francisco (FC) - Nov 5, 2011 at 1:45 PM

    Just to bring us up to date, that means the O’s have been turned down by Baird, Jerry Dipoto, Tony LaCava and DeJon Watson.

    And Craig Calcaterra! Don’t yet read Craig’s Lair? Geez….

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