In a development that probably shouldn’t be surprising to anyone, the Orioles did not manage to hire their next boss before the end of the World Series. It’s fine if they don’t care to rush the decision, but at this point they’ve had the entire month to figure out who should be a good person to take over and they still haven’t done this.
Perhaps today will be the day, but I won’t be holding my breath. What is left to do? Do they really feel the process will be incomplete if they don’t talk to a person who works for either the Dodgers or the Red Sox currently?
Now that the postseason is over, the time to make real decisions will soon be upon us. Free agency will be along in due time. The winter meetings aren’t much more than a month away. If the Orioles hire a new president of baseball operations, that person will still have to hire a general manager, and then a manager, and then a coaching staff.
Other teams have filled their openings by now. The Orioles are still figuring out what they are doing. It’s not great. Waiting for a good plan is certainly preferable to rushing into a bad plan, but the concern could be that waiting around is itself a sign of a bad plan.
Around the blogO’sphere
If you’ve been diligently following Orioles headlines over the weekend, you may notice some repeats. As you have probably noticed, there’s not a ton of fresh news to go around.
Orioles let go of five baseball operations staffers with Duquette connections as organization adjustments begin (Baltimore Sun)
With apologies to any of these five gentlemen who may have been great at their jobs, I’m not sad to see the Orioles starting to clear the decks.
This, that, and the other (School of Roch)
You wouldn’t guess it from the headline, as usual, but Roch offers the news that the Orioles will probably be removing Jace Peterson, Sean Gilmartin, and John Andreoli. Clear the decks!
Showalter takes sad victory lap around his Orioles home (Baltimore Baseball)
The Showalters showed up for one last round of the Kids Peace 5K Trick-or-Trot. Thanks for everything, Buck.
These qualities could be important for the next O’s general manager (Steve Melewski)
It’s a sad state of how things were that #1 on his list is, “The ability to unite this entire organization.”
Preparedness kept Jim Palmer cool and in control (Investors Business Daily)
This publication randomly wrote about Jim Palmer. He’s the best!
Birthdays and anniversaries
In 2013, the Orioles had three players win Gold Gloves: J.J. Hardy at shortstop, Manny Machado at third base, and Adam Jones in center field.
There are a few former Orioles with birthdays today. They are: 2012 lefty Dana Eveland, 2000/04 reserve Karim Garcia, 1973-74 infielder Frank Baker, and 1967-71 pitcher Pete Richert.
Is today your birthday? Happy birthday! Your birthday buddies for today include: director Ralph Bakshi (1938), TV painter Bob Ross (1942), actor Richard Dreyfuss (1947), The Simpsons voice actor Dan Castellanata (1957), actress Winona Ryder (1971), and actress Gabrielle Union (1972).
On this day in history...
In 1618, Sir Walter Raleigh was beheaded after being found guilty of a charge of treason against King James I of England. Raleigh had the ill fate of having a subordinate who chose to violate a treaty by attacking a Spanish outpost, and the Spanish ambassador demanded a prior sentence of death be reinstated. Raleigh’s last words were to the headsman: “Strike, man, strike!”
In 1863, during the Civil War, General Grant’s forces repelled an attack led by Confederate General Longstreet in the Battle of Wauhatchie. It was a noteworthy battle for being one of the few in the war that was fought at night. This allowed the Union to keep open a supply line to Chattanooga, which was under siege by the rebels.
In 1929, the New York Stock Exchange crashed, an event now simply known to history as “Black Tuesday,” as it marked the beginning of the Great Depression.
In 1964, a crew of jewel thieves including a man nicknamed “Murph the Surf” pulled off a heist from the American Museum of Natural History in New York City. Murph and compatriots were arrested within a week and all but one of the jewels were eventually recovered.
In 1969, ARPANET established the first ever computer-to-computer link, setting the stage for the later development of the Internet.
And that’s the way it is in Birdland on October 29 - or at least, unless something happens later, which it might, because the Orioles have to start hiring people eventually, right? Have a safe Monday.