In most professional sports organizations, the general manager generally chooses his manager. Even though Buck is respected in baseball circles, he may not necessarily be the number one choice for the new man in charge. Just as the old coaches being forced upon Lee Mazzilli in 2004 caused problems, having a manger in place before the general manager could potentially create some friction and a strange working environment once everything is figured out.
Reading between the lines, it seems fairly obvious that Buck has replaced Andy as the man who has the ear of owner Peter Angelos. At least he thinks he has it.
If this is the case, chances are highly unlikely that a real search for a general manager is on the horizon. Rather, Buck will likely recommend someone that he’s comfortable with and will attempt to work in conjunction with them in an effort to turn this organization around.
The upcoming weeks in Birdland are sure to be interesting. Who is calling the shots, Peter or Buck?
Will the O’s attempt to conduct a real search for legitimate front office candidates? .
I can’t help but be skeptical. After all, it’s October 7th and the Orioles have just figured out that Andy MacPhail will not be returning. Ya think?
Normally I would have ended this piece with “only time will tell.”
But just as there was nothing normal about this 10 day limbo period, there is also nothing normal about this organization.
Yes, time usually tells the tale, but in this case, I’ll form my opinion based on what I’ve witnessed from 1997 – present.
After all is said and done, there is really only one man calling the shots for the Baltimore Orioles.
And look no further than the past 10 days (or the past 14 years if you’d like) when trying to determine just how much of a negative that is for all of us that bleed orange and black.