Duquette speaks out about the Orioles — on a Boston station

November 19, 2011 | Drew Forrester


(page 2) press conference four years ago…”Guys, I just go get baseball players.  I don’t want to be involved in marketing and PR and the decisions made by the front office about all that stuff.”

That was MacPhail.  He didn’t want to tackle the white elephant in the room.

I wonder what Duquette thinks about it all?

I’m curious.  Will Dan Duquette stand up to the folks in The Warehouse and tell them how foolish they are for restricting him in the market that is supposed to be the supporting foundation of the club?

Or will he too simply go with the flow and not challenge his new employer?

I won’t stop harping on this, in the same way I wouldn’t stop harping about putting BALTIMORE on the road jerseys 4-5 years ago…because I know without any doubt at all that I’m right.

This sort of neanderthal behavior — not allowing your GM to be on the radio ANYTIME someone in Baltimore wants him – is simply unacceptable.

It’s particularly laughable in today’s world of social networking when Duquette’s words would not only be heard by the folks actually LISTENING right then, but anyone else on Twitter or Facebook who got the hand-me-down quotes minutes later.

Most of the apologists in town just don’t get it.  The folks at Orioles Hangout don’t understand.  The employees-in-law at MASNSports.com can’t grasp it.

But I know who has figured it all out.

The people who don’t go to the games anymore.

They’ve made the voice and opinion well known by failing to show up to the ballpark.

And if the Orioles had any real interest in seeing the crowds bubble up again, they’d change their archaic ways and start embracing the local media instead of alienating them.  But we all know the dirty little secret.  The Orioles don’t really need the crowds to go up anymore, because they’re feasting on that cable TV money that gets served up to them on the 1st of every month.

Someday, they’ll wise up.

Maybe Dan Duquette will be the guy to say, “Really?  We’re afraid of the local media?  I’ll talk to anybody…”

Or maybe not.

And until this whole charade changes and those charlatans start treating everyone in the local media with the same respect they treat the guys in Boston, I’ll be here about 2-3 times a year to offer you a friendly reminder that everything is still the same.

The Orioles, as of November 19, 2011 still don’t get it.


5 Comments For This Post

  1. vreedy76 Says:


    I’m sure your as tired of talking and writing about it as we are of listening and reading. Sounds like indications are it’s not changing anytime in the near future. I guess the next PR move is to change the club name to the Baltimore Charlatans.

    Winning will not change this problem, but I’m sure they will want everyone to have access if they do. Hard to remove the stain they’ve spent 15 years creating.

  2. Daniel Says:

    Speaking of more of same, Duquette said in that Boston interview that he expects the payroll to remain flat from last season.

  3. over40Don Says:

    I think they have it figured out that they make more $ and simplify things by having fewer employees. 6 home stands vs. Yankees/Sox combined, easier on the payroll,employee scheduling. Wierd business model but apparently it works. The cash cow MASN is ALL profit, A.L. East leaders pay the bills and the other visitors are a small profit but a smaller work force. It’s BACK ASSWARDS but they seem real pleased with it. And all that walkup money must really be icing on the cake!!!!!


  4. unitastoberry Says:

    Business as usual at the warehouse. I guess the next thing they will be signing Posada to DH.

  5. Ken Says:

    Two weeks into a three year contract and we already know nothing will change.

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