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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | October 8, 2012
In my first meeting with Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette back in January, he talked about appreciating Baltimore's rich baseball history and realizing that fans in this city were hungry for a winner. He talked about learning from the legendary Harry Dalton, who built the Orioles' dynasty teams from 1966 to '71. Duquette's first major league job was working under Dalton in Milwaukee. So Duquette could appreciate the excitement of Sunday's first postseason game in Baltimore in 15 years.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | October 7, 2014
An article that I wrote for Tuesday's newspaper is about reliever Andrew Miller, who has been absolutely filthy in the playoffs after pitching exceptionally well since the Orioles acquired him for left-handed pitching prospect Eduardo Rodriguez at the July 31 nonwaiver trade deadline. In one sense, it will be difficult to analyze the effectiveness of the trade until we see what Rodriguez does in the major leagues. Plus, it's possible that Miller is simply a rental player, will leave as a free agent this winter, and the Orioles will only get two months and a postseason from the big left-hander.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | March 29, 2012
Orioles executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette talked about various subjects today, including the claim of Milwaukee Brewers 25-year-old infielder Zelous Wheeler and the designation for assignment of lefty Dana Eveland. This is just a sense, but I think Duquette believes he can deal Eveland if the Orioles don't think he can get through waivers. It's hard to imagine the Orioles releasing Eveland, so he'll end up at Norfolk if he clears - Eveland said that likely would be his inclination as well.
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Peter Schmuck and The Schmuck Stops Here | September 30, 2014
Sorry, Oriole Magic fans, there was nothing supernatural about the way the club ran away from the rest of the American League East this year, even if it does defy logical explanation. They clinched the division title in surprisingly short order with one of baseball's best all-around catchers on the shelf for five months, their Platinum Glove third baseman recovering from another serious knee injury, and last year's most explosive major league hitter shockingly suspended for violating the sport's amphetamine policy.
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By Daniel Gallen and The Baltimore Sun | July 13, 2013
Orioles manager Buck Showalter and executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette addressed season-ticket holders before Saturday's game against the Toronto Blue Jays in the annual State of the Orioles address at Camden Yards. Sitting atop the visitors' dugout, Showalter and Duquette answered a variety of questions, ranging from the future of Triple-A Norfolk outfielder Henry Urrutia to the chance of the Orioles dealing for a front-line starter before the July 31 nonwaiver trade deadline to the likelihood of a salary cap in Major League Baseball.
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By Dan Connolly | December 2, 2012
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Dan Duquette, the Orioles' executive vice president of baseball operations, took some time away from the organization's affiliates' reception to talk to reporters tonight at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel in Nashville. The winter meetings don't start in earnest until Monday. Here are some of his quotes on specific Orioles' topics. Duquette on the club's goal this week at the annual winter meetings: “Our agenda at the winter meetings, of course, is to try to find a hitter.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | December 27, 2013
The bidding for Japanese right-hander Masahiro Tanaka ends on Jan. 24. The Orioles won't be in on it. Tanaka, who is 25 and was 24-0 with a 1.27 ERA in 28 games (27 starts) for the Rakuten Golden Eagles of Japan's Pacific League last season, is probably in line for a seven-year contract that will push well above $100 million. Considering the Orioles have never gone beyond three years for a MLB free-agent pitcher, Tanaka is well out of their comfort zone. Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette said that - point blank - earlier this month.
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Peter Schmuck | February 25, 2014
SARASOTA, FLA. - Maybe Dan Duquette knew it all along, though if that were really the case, he isn't letting on. It certainly appears that he played the new "qualified" free agent system like a Stradivarius to pick up solid starting pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez and slugger Nelson Cruz in a played-out market. He waited and weathered a frustrating winter during which he appeared to be playing a dangerous game with the hard-earned loyalty of a once disaffected fan base. He spent three months looking like a guy with all the wrong phone numbers and listening to a steady drumbeat of media criticism.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | November 30, 2012
Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette said the club tried to find a way to figure Mark Reynolds' impending 2013 salary into its budget, but couldn't. So instead of paying him roughly $9 million in arbitration, the Orioles did not tender the first baseman a contract Friday night, allowing him to be a free agent. "We had determined that his value in arbitration was beyond our resources to bring him back to the team," Duquette said. "We like Mark and he gave a good effort for the team, so we certainly appreciated that.
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By Dan Connolly | November 16, 2012
When Dan Duquette was hired roughly a year ago as the club's executive vice president, the Orioles pointed to his impressive track record in the past with the Montreal Expos and Boston Red Sox. He was in charge of some very good teams - although none went to the World Series. Of course, the Expos in 1994 might have had the season not ended in August due to labor unrest. And Duquette was one of the primary architects of the Red Sox team that twice won world championships after he left.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | September 17, 2014
One of the best things about being a sportswriter during a clinching celebration -- whether it's a division title like the Orioles captured Tuesday night or a World Series, which I've covered five times in my career -- is the ability to be in the middle of everything and observe. To watch and listen to the sights and sounds going on around you. I saw a bunch of cool ones last night involving the team, but I'm going to start with a personal one. Ben Barlow, the husband of the club's late public relations director, Monica Barlow, was in the clubhouse as the champagne celebration was going on. In one sense, it was a reminder that Monica, who passed away in February at age 36 after courageously battling lung cancer, wasn't with us. But it also was a reminder she was with us. Ben was greeted by tons of players and friends, and one, Orioles video coordinator Mike Silverman, had the perfect line: “We have an angel watching from above tonight.” That line, that image, is what's going to stick with me the most.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | September 17, 2014
Here are some quotes from a wild night at Camden Yards -- the Orioles' first division title since 1997. Manager Buck Showalter: "You get older, you want to get a good angle and a good seat and see good people get a return for what they put into it and what they're trying to achieve. And this is a huge step, to get a chance now. We've got to figure out a way to win 11 games. " Showalter on changing his seat in the dugout and ending up next to the plaque of Hall of Fame manager Earl Weaver in the dugout: “There are some great moments in your life.
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Peter Schmuck | September 13, 2014
While the Orioles deal with the reality that slugger Chris Davis cannot come back this year unless they get past the divisional round of the playoffs, it might be time for Orioles fans to deal with the possibility that he won't be coming back at all. Davis is still under club control for one more season, but even before he was suspended for 25 games for a second violation of baseball's amphetamine policy, you had to wonder whether he would start...
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | August 30, 2014
In scouring the trade waiver wire, the Orioles hoped to add a left-handed bat to balance their righty-dominated lineup. The club accomplished that on Saturday by acquiring veteran outfielder Alejandro De Aza from the Chicago White Sox in exchange for minor league right-handed pitchers Miguel Chalas and Mark Blackmar. De Aza, 30, spent the past five seasons with the White Sox and hit .246/.312/.358 with five homers and 31 RBIs in 121 games with Chicago this season. Last season, De Aza set career highs in homers (17)
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | August 28, 2014
The Orioles have until Sunday at midnight to add players from other organizations who can be eligible for their playoff roster. Club executive vice president Dan Duquette said he is still trying to make a move, but it's not easy to find a fit. “We've been active. We are keeping active,” Duquette said. “It's just, this time of the year, it's a very limited pool of players that you can add externally to your ballclub. Probably the best resource is in the minors, the minor leagues.” For a player to be dealt this time of year, he must first be placed on trade waivers, which are revocable.
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Peter Schmuck | August 24, 2014
Now that it has become clear the Orioles will be without third baseman Manny Machado for the remainder of the season, the club's front office is going to have to decide just how confident it is in the ability of the current roster to hold on to the top spot in the American League East and make a strong postseason run. And that's not the only troublesome question Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette and manager Buck Showalter will have...
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | July 31, 2014
Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette spoke to reporters before Thursday's game about the trade with the Boston Red Sox to acquire left-hander Andrew Miller , as well as the nonwaiver trade deadline passing. Here is what he said: On Miller: "We were looking to add some depth to our pitching, and the acquisition of Miller gives us a left-handed pitcher that can dominate left-handed hitters. This year, he's been highly effective against righties, as well. And looking at the market, we had good depth to our starting pitching, and we thought if we're going to make a real impact acquisition, that this would be the players we would get.” More on Miller: “Miller's emergence this year being able to get out right-handers along with lefties made him very attractive.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | November 16, 2012
Earlier this morning, we featured a chart from baseball statistician Bill Arnold that listed Orioles' executive vice president Dan Duquette's lifetime record at an impressive 930-786. That winning percentage places him fifth among the men who held the general manager position (or similar duties) for the 30 MLB teams in 2012. Pretty impressive. Frankly, it was better than I realized. But if you dig a little deeper, the numbers could be even more eye-popping. Duquette left Montreal and joined the Boston Red Sox in February 1994.
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By Dan Connolly, The Baltimore Sun | August 22, 2014
With news that Orioles third baseman Manny Machado is having surgery on his right knee and will be lost for the season, two questions immediately arise. How will this affect Machado long-term and how will this affect the Orioles short-term? Frankly, both are legitimate concerns. This will be Machado's second surgery in less than a year - one on each knee. It's his third serious injury in a little more than three years. The good news is that he is 22, he is in his physical prime and, at this age, his recuperative powers are about as heightened as they are going to get. It's much tougher to come back from knee surgeries at an advanced age. The bad news is the same.
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Peter Schmuck | August 17, 2014
It's time for the Orioles to bite the bullet on Ubaldo Jimenez. No, not that bullet. This isn't about giving up on Jimenez during the first year of a four-year, $50 million contract because he can't consistently find the strike zone and has been taking a spot in the rotation from a more effective starting pitcher. It's about making a tough short-term decision to keep the first-place Orioles well out in front of the pack in the American League East. Jimenez, at his best, could be the key to a deep playoff run, so it's logical for Buck Showalter and Dan Duquette to want him ready to head into October on the same kind of September roll that made him the AL Pitcher of the Month for the Cleveland Indians last year.
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