Q&a Mike Flanagan

March 24, 2007|By JEFF ZREBIEC

An Orioles Hall of Famer and the first Cy Young Award winner to garner a general manager-level position in baseball, Flanagan was promoted to executive vice president of baseball operations Oct. 11, 2005. Before that, he spent three seasons as vice president, sharing duties with Jim Beattie. Flanagan went 167-143 with a 3.90 ERA in 18 seasons with the Orioles and Toronto Blue Jays and won the American League Cy Young Award in 1979. Flanagan was the last Oriole to throw a pitch at Memorial Stadium.

What are the moves that you have made that you are most proud of? -- The [Miguel] Tejada signing, not drafting [Nick] Markakis as a pitcher and sticking with [Adam] Loewen. I never lost faith in him.

What are the moves that you made that you regret? -- I'd probably say bottom-fishing for relievers. I just think you can't trust them.

How is your relationship with vice president Jim Duquette? -- He's been great. He's a New England guy with New England roots. It's interesting that a lot of guys that I played college basketball with were tight with his brother [Pat, an assistant at Boston College]. I think he is a great family man, and I really enjoy that part of him. He's passionate about what he does. He cares about it deeply. That's why he is going to leave no stone unturned.

What are your most valued accomplishments as a player? -- I would say World Series '79, World Series '83, Cy Young, longevity. Probably in that order.

Do you remember any details from the last game at Memorial Stadium? -- Absolutely. I was going to pitch that day and it wasn't because of need, but by design. And that was unsettling to me. What I remember about it was going into that weekend - I wasn't a numbers guy - but I was very proud of my time as a reliever. It was short, but I enjoyed it. Going into that weekend, I had a chance to set the record for most appearances by a left-hander. For someone who had been a starting pitcher my whole career, I was proud of that. I think I made the transition to a reliever better than most starters of my era.

For someone who has spent so long as an Oriole, how badly do you want to help turn this organization around? -- I want to win badly, but I just don't want to win for one year. The goal is, and it's been the constant theme, to get on top and to stay there.

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