Rick Maese -- Points after

October 14, 2007|By Rick Maese

Set up for failure: Add Leo Mazzone's name to the list of the many bright men who have left the Orioles organization wondering how much their time in Baltimore tainted their reputation. Like so many before him, no, Mazzone wasn't the solution here. But he also wasn't the problem.

Two who did escape: Boston general manager Theo Epstein, a young Orioles intern who was lured to San Diego by one-time Orioles president Larry Lucchino; and Cleveland general manager Mark Shapiro, son of super agent Ron Shapiro who was hired in Cleveland by John Hart, a former coach and minor league manager in the Orioles organization. Looks like they're doing OK now.

Cushy gig: As it stands now, next season the Orioles will pay Sam Perlozzo not to manage, Mazzone not to coach the pitchers and maybe Mike Flanagan not to general manage. Here at The Sun, as soon as we figure out what exactly Peter Schmuck does, rest assured we'll put together a collection so that he can be paid to stop doing it.

Dangerous sport: It has been 1 1/2 months since St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Juan Encarnacion took a foul ball to the head while standing in the on-deck circle. The bad news: In one eye, he reportedly has regained only 20/400 vision. The good news: If he's unable to play again, he'd still qualify to umpire postseason games for Major League Baseball.

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