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Next! The Orioles ask permission to interview Allard Baird for their GM job

Nov 4, 2011, 9:33 AM EDT

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It was Andy Warhol who said that, in the future, everyone will interview for the Orioles GM job for 15 minutes. He could paint a little too. Anyway:

The Baltimore Orioles have asked permission to speak to Red Sox vice president of player personnel and pro scouting Allard Baird about their general manager vacancy.

Baird had a pretty disastrous run as the Royals’ GM several years ago but has been in Boston for a long time now and is very well respected in front offices around the game. He’d probably be a good hire for the O’s.

However, as we have chronicled here, here, here, here and here, the Orioles are having a difficult time finding someone who wants to run their team.  Probably because whoever takes the GM job realizes that they wouldn’t be running the team. Peter Angelos and his faceless minions scattered around the front office would. And then there’s Buck Showalter down below who probably has his own ideas about personnel and the like.

Where does it go from here?  Well, if Baird begs out like several others before him, one has to wonder if Angelos wouldn’t be better off just giving the job to Showalter.  Because at this point it looks like people outside of the organization are avoiding Baltimore like it’s radioactive.

  1. sportsdrenched.com - Nov 4, 2011 at 9:45 AM

    I guess Allard has experience working with a meddling owner. So there is that.

    Sorry O’s Fans….and I’m serious.

  2. uyf1950 - Nov 4, 2011 at 9:58 AM

    I understand the O’s are going to speak with Jim Duquette. It sounds to me like they have to go to Plan D, E and F and may not be through with the alphabet yet.

    • Panda Claus - Nov 4, 2011 at 10:17 AM

      Dan Duquette, Jim’s cousin. Jim worked for the O’s already and partnered with Mike Flanagan during their infamous “two-headed” GM days.

      • stinkfist5 - Nov 4, 2011 at 1:23 PM

        Yea…Dan has a slightly better track record.

  3. Tyree Studio - Nov 4, 2011 at 10:28 AM

    Allard would be better off crack’n a few cold ones and staying in Boston. He was handcuffed in KC, but I’ll still never forgive him for trading Dye straight up for Neifi Freak’n Perez.

  4. foreverchipper10 - Nov 4, 2011 at 2:18 PM

    They should just open the position to the public. I can drive down to Baltimore in a couple hours.

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