O's chief administrative officer leaves

April 07, 1994|By Mark Hyman | Mark Hyman,Sun Staff Writer

Wholesale changes continue in the Orioles front office. Since he bought the team last October, owner Peter G. Angelos has let go a sizable number of team employees, most brought in by previous Orioles owners. Yesterday, he announced one of his own hires is departing.

Fred Arscott, Orioles chief administrative officer, is leaving the club after only six months. Arscott joined the club as an adviser to Angelos and the No. 2-ranking official in the Orioles business operation. But recently, his influence with Angelos seemed to erode.

Arscott figured prominently in the decision to close the Orioles downtown Washington retail store, a move Angelos reversed the day after it was announced. He also was involved in drawing up a short-lived health care plan for Orioles employees. Team officials withdrew the plan shortly after it was announced.

Arscott acknowledged some difficult moments, but he said: "There is always a learning process in any new venture.

"Opening Day was a significant milestone. I had to look back and reflect on what the best course going forward for me, my family and the club."

Arscott said he planned to resume his career as a financial consultant to wealthy investors, including author and Orioles part-owner Tom Clancy.

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