The Peter Principles (Ch. 11) – Letting The Moose Loose in pinstripes

August 11, 2017 | Nestor Aparicio

the next locker. Books would be written, lives would be lost, contracts would be earned, investigations would be held, records would be tarnished and players would be blackballed from entering Cooperstown during this tender period in baseball’s history.

And, of course, at the time for Mussina, there were questions about whether the pending contract negotiations were a distraction. Moose didn’t bite. But it was almost like the franchise was rooting against him in 2000. The better he pitched, the more he’d command – in Baltimore or elsewhere – at the end of another lost season in Baltimore.

And Mussina truly still wanted to stay with the Orioles.

By July 27, the Orioles were 43-57 and 13 games back in the AL East. Angelos, at the request of Syd Thrift, whom he trusted more than his predecessors and had grown comfortable with since 1994, finally ordered a mid-summer cleansing of the franchise and veteran players and their salaries were dumped in a flurry of activity around the MLB summer trading deadline.

The Thrift selloff ­was fast and furious.

On July 28, Mike Bordick was sent New York Mets for Lesli Brea, Mike Kinkade, Melvin Mora and Pat Gorman. Veteran Rich Amaral was released. On July 29, catcher Charles Johnson and veteran DH Harold Baines were dealt to the Chicago White Sox for Brook Fordyce, Jason Lakman, Juan Figueroa and Miguel Felix. On July 31, Will Clark was sent to the St. Louis Cardinals for José León. Later that afternoon, Thrift sent B. J. Surhoff to the Atlanta Braves for Trenidad Hubbard, Fernando Lunar and Luis Rivera.

In 1996, Angelos had overruled GM Pat Gillick on dealing David Wells and Bobby Bonilla for legitimate prospects. Similarly in 1998, Gillick was rebuffed during a bad summer and Wren again in 1999. But after a third straight year of disappointment, Thrift gutted the team and bragged of all of the