The job of rebuilding the Baltimore Orioles apparently will not be ending at the clubhouse door. Change also is coming to the front office, where Roy Krasik, the team's director of minor-league administration, is leaving to join the staff of baseball commissioner Fay Vincent.
Krasik, 36, said yesterday he expects to begin his new job in the commissioner's office about Jan. 1. Although his precise duties have not been decided, Krasik said he expected to work closely with George Pfister, a veteran baseball administrator, on a wide range of tasks, including supervising amateur drafts and overseeing the draft of major-league players that will be held before the National League expands by two teams in 1993.
"I feel sad about leaving the Orioles," he said. "But I've spent the last 10 years trying to improve two major-league teams. Now I get to try to improve baseball itself."
Krasik came to the Orioles in 1987 to work for Doug Melvin, who then was the team's scouting director. The two also worked together for the New York Yankees from 1982 to 1985.
Melvin, now the Orioles assistant general manager, said he has relied heavily on his almost-former aide. Then he said he would miss Krasik.
"Roy has done a real good job. We've had a long relationship," he said. "I've had confidence in leaving things to Roy. So, I've been able to work more closely [on major-league affairs] with [general manager] Roland Hemond."
Melvin said he had not officially begun to search for Krasik's replacement, but first would consider the team's current employees. On that list, Melvin said, is an aide in the minor-league department and a candidate with an impeccable pedigree -- Lee MacPhail IV, grandson of Lee MacPhail, former American League president and Orioles general manager; and nephew of Minnesota Twins GM Andy MacPhail.