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Orioles officially hire Dan Duquette as new general manager

Nov 6, 2011, 4:05 PM EDT

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They’ve finally found their man. Er, a man.

According to Baltimore sports reporter Jen Royle, the Orioles have officially hired Dan Duqette to be their next general manager and will introduce him at a press conference Tuesday at Camden Yards.

Duquette served as the Expos’ general manager from 1992-1994 before taking the same position with the Red Sox for eight seasons. He’s been out of baseball since 2002, but the 53-year-old has a background in scouting and player development, and he boasts a strong resume that includes many successful drafts.

The Orioles won’t be able to escape the fact that they were turned down by multiple candidates before settling on Duquette, but he’s a fine fit for the role and will succeed if given the right resources.

Duquette’s primary challenge will be to turn around a Baltimore pitching staff that registered a league-worst 4.89 ERA this past season. The 29th-ranked Twins pitching staff had a 4.58 team ERA.

  1. cur68 - Nov 6, 2011 at 4:11 PM

    There should be an award for the post of “GM job that no one wants”. Annually given out to the least envied GM in MLB. They can call it the “Duquette Award”.

    • pisano - Nov 6, 2011 at 4:23 PM

      cur68… you have to have empathy for him, he knows not what he’s done to himself.

      • cur68 - Nov 6, 2011 at 5:45 PM

        Empathy & a whole lotta sympathy. Poor man will age like Nixon over the course of this winter and the coming season.

  2. proudlycanadian - Nov 6, 2011 at 4:13 PM

    They had to hire someone and Duquette was the last man standing. Since he has not been in MLB for several years, he might be a bit rusty.

    • wendell7 - Nov 7, 2011 at 10:13 AM

      Red Sox fans might remember Dan Duquette as the guy who ran Mo Vaughn and Roger Clemens out of Boston, before he himself was run out. …. Good luck with him, O’s

      • bobwsc - Nov 7, 2011 at 4:20 PM

        Clemens was an ineffective .500 pitcher over the last few years of his Sox contract. Vaughn was a juicer and never lived up to the contract the Angels gave him. granted Clemens found the fountain of ‘roids and turned the clock back a decade, but Duquette had them both pegged as aging stars in the twilight of their careers and not worth the money. I’m no Duquette apologist, but he shouldn’t get skewered over how he handled Vaughn and Clemens.

  3. Old Gator - Nov 6, 2011 at 5:10 PM

    In the words of that little girl from Aliens, it won’t matter.

    • paperlions - Nov 6, 2011 at 5:31 PM

      +9999999999999999

    • 4d3fect - Nov 6, 2011 at 6:07 PM

      “Great! Put her in charge, then!”

  4. uyf1950 - Nov 6, 2011 at 5:10 PM

    Such is the state of the O’s organization that you’re the 4th choice for the position.

    • JBerardi - Nov 6, 2011 at 8:43 PM

      I’m a little pissed Duquette took the job; I was 5th in line.

      • 78mu - Nov 6, 2011 at 8:55 PM

        You’re pissed?

        I was next in line after you turned it down.

        We all deserved a chance to tell the Orioles no.

  5. tuftsb - Nov 6, 2011 at 9:51 PM

    Out of baseball since 2002? “Ten Years After” is an old rock group, not a hiring strategy for a GM.

    “I’d like to change the O’s. but I don’t know what to do”

    • stinkfist5 - Nov 7, 2011 at 11:16 AM

      He may have been out of the Majors, but the guys he’s about to hire haven’t been. It’ll be okay.

  6. Panda Claus - Nov 7, 2011 at 9:52 AM

    Let’s not all make Duquette out to be the next Syd Thrift. He’s not.

  7. dowhatifeellike - Nov 7, 2011 at 3:19 PM

    They had to get someone 10 years removed from the game; Duquette was the only candidate who didn’t figure out just how bad the damage is before signing.

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