What The Moves Mean

Orioles Shake-up

June 19, 2007|By Jeff Zrebiec

FOR PETER ANGELOS

He apparently has his long-awaited right-hand man in former Cubs and Twins executive Andy MacPhail, who will be the club's next chief operating officer. Angelos has a good relationship with MacPhail and deeply respects his judgment. MacPhail's hiring should give the much-maligned owner more confidence in his front office.

FOR JIM DUQUETTE

AND MIKE FLANAGAN

They would no longer have the final say on decisions related to the club, perhaps an ominous sign with their contracts set to expire after next season. However, it would mean that the front office is structured more naturally, and decisions should be made quicker with MacPhail, who would be working directly with Angelos.

FOR SAM PERLOZZO

He no longer has to hear his job performance debated on a nightly basis and he can spend more time watching his son, Eric, who was drafted earlier this month by the Orioles, begin his professional baseball career. Perlozzo likely will be offered a spot in the organization, though if he doesn't accept it, he'll get a coaching job somewhere.

FOR LEO MAZZONE

His future in Baltimore, which he vowed would be the last stop of his major league coaching career, is now in doubt. Mazzone, one of the highest-paid pitching coaches in the league and whose contract runs through next season, told team executives he wants to stay with the Orioles. But will a new manager be comfortable with Perlozzo's close friend?

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