This isn’t a surprise, of course, but it would appear there’s strife in Birdland.
The 7-5 loss to Florida on Wednesday night dropped the Birds to 19-52, but that’s the least of their worries now.
For the last couple of weeks, there have been whispers around town that Peter Angelos and Andy MacPhail might be hitting a rough patch in their relationship. It’s not Tiger-Elin rough patch stuff, but rumors have swirled that Peter isn’t pleased with the 2010 downward spiral.
Andy, it should be noted, isn’t pleased with 2010 either. But he built the team.
Now comes the possible deal-breaker: Rick Dempsey.
Apparently, this all started a few weeks back when MacPhail made the decision to dismiss Dave Trembley. At that time, Andy – as I talked about throughout May – was inclined to bring in Bowie Baysox manager Brad Komminsk. Angelos threw his support behind Dempsey and suggested the club give the former catcher his long awaited chance to guide the team.
MacPhail wanted no part of Dempsey. Not only did Andy not want to give Dempsey the interim job, he saw no reason to interview him. Why create more friction with Dempsey?
So MacPhail and Angelos went the route of the lawyer’s favorite trick: they settled on Juan Samuel.
Now comes word that Dempsey is going to be interviewed for the O’s managerial job.
Is that Peter leaking the story to add fuel to the Dempsey fire and putting Andy in the position where he has to interview Rick?
Did Dempsey leak the story without the interview already set-up, hoping the club wouldn’t risk the public backlash of denying him the right to at least sit down with MacPhail and Angelos?
Or is it this simple? Peter called Andy and said, “We’re giving Rick the interview opportunity. Schedule it.”
One thing for certain: Andy didn’t call Peter and say, “You know boss, I’ve been thinking…we really should give Demper an interview.”
I don’t know much, but I know THAT didn’t happen.
With the team now 33 games under .500, the manager-search saga is definitely more interesting than the games themselves.
And much like the games, I have a weird feeling how this one is going to turn out.