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By John Eisenberg | December 22, 1995
Orioles farm director Syd Thrift was going on and on yesterday about the Pat Gillick tornado that has hit the front office, the early mornings and late nights and three-hour conference calls with scouts and a dozen alternatives spinning at the same time, when someone asked: "Was any of this going on before Gillick got here?"Thrift did not hesitate. "No," he said. "It was nothing like this at all before. There's no comparison. Like night and day."We warned you, didn't we? Told you this guy was special, didn't we?
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By Chris Branch, The Baltimore Sun | July 23, 2011
The names Roberto Alomar and Pat Gillick conjure memories of the last good days the Orioles have had, days when the playoffs were not foreign, mysterious territory. As the former Orioles second baseman and the club's ex-general manager prepare to be enshrined in the Hall of Fame on Sunday, they looked back fondly on their days in Baltimore and offered perspective on the state of the franchise. Alomar, an Oriole from 1996 to 1998, was an All-Star in all three seasons. He helped lead the team to the playoffs in 1996 and 1997, the Orioles losing in the American League Championship Series both years.
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By Kent Baker and Kent Baker,Sun Staff Writer | February 6, 1994
The general manager of the two-time World Series champions has labeled the Orioles "the team to beat" in the revised American League East.Toronto executive Pat Gillick made the comment this week at the first Hub City Baseball Banquet presented by the Hagerstown Suns, the Blue Jays' farm club in the South Atlantic League."
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December 8, 2010
Gillick best choice Juan Carlos Rodriguez Sun Sentinel Neither Marvin Miller nor George Steinbrenner was a better choice for the Hall of Fame. Were they as deserving as Pat Gillick? Absolutely. This discussion is not about the merits of Gillick's candidacy as a longtime general manager. His record as one of the game's preeminent team architects is well founded. Why the Veterans Committee did not give Miller or Steinbrenner the necessary votes is the issue.
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December 24, 1995
New Orioles general manager Pat Gillick, owner Peter Angelos and team MVP Rafael Palmeiro will be among the celebrities at the 43rd annual Tops in Sports banquet, Jan. 12 at Towson State.Other guests include Hall of Famer Johnny Bench, Cleveland Indians pitcher Dennis Martinez, Orioles minor-league standouts Rocky Coppinger and Scott McClain, Indians GM John Hart, Orioles director of player development Syd Thrift and American League umpire Durwood Merrill.Cocktail hour begins at 5:30 p.m., and tickets are $50. To purchase tickets, call (410)
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By FROM STAFF REPORTS | December 22, 1995
Orioles general manager Pat Gillick indicated yesterday that concerns about the condition of Ben McDonald's shoulder contributed to the club's decision not to offer him a contract for 1996.Gillick said the club could not be certain whether McDonald could work 225 innings or 100 next season. McDonald, 28, twice went on the disabled list in 1995 with shoulder trouble, and worked 80 innings."I think he's healthy," Gillick said. "I'm not saying he's not healthy. But if you asked me to bet my life on it, I wouldn't do that."
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By KEN ROSENTHAL | June 23, 1997
TORONTO -- Another day, another victory, no trades."The league president called me and said he wants to keep this thing down, to quiet down all deals right now," Orioles general manager Pat Gillick said, joking."
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By KEN ROSENTHAL | June 27, 1997
It's the question that resurfaces seemingly every season at trade time. And it's the question that ultimately might drive general manager Pat Gillick out of Baltimore.Who's running the Orioles?Some factions within the organization say owner Peter Angelos vetoed Gillick's proposed trade for David Segui. Others say the Montreal Expos backed out of the deal, passing on a possible chance to acquire Triple-A right-hander Jimmy Haynes.The impasse led the Orioles to explore other options, and they apparently are trying to put together a bigger trade -- Haynes and minor-league pitchers Chris Fussell and Mark Seaver to Oakland for Geronimo Berroa and another player.
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By KEN ROSENTHAL | April 2, 1993
Let me get this straight: The Toronto Blue Jays get fed up with a mistake-prone outfield prospect and trade him for a 70-RBI man. The Orioles get fed up with a mistake-prone outfield prospect and, after failing to trade him, make him a candidate to start Opening Day.The divergent paths taken by Derek Bell and Luis Mercedes this week stand as Exhibit A in my choice of the Blue Jays over the Orioles to win the American League East. It doesn't matter that the teams are more evenly matched than at any point in recent memory.
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January 20, 1996
New manager Davey Johnson and general manager Pat Gillick will be joined by more than a dozen current and former Orioles at the team's 1996 Winter Carnival, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. next Saturday at Camden Yards.Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for children 12 and under, and are available through TicketMaster, or at the Orioles ticket office in advance or the day of the carnival. Proceeds benefit the Orioles Charitable Foundation. For more information, call (410) 685-9800.Throughout the day, there will be clubhouse tours, batting cages and speed pitching machines, play-by-play booth, trivia contests, baseball card dealers and family entertainment.
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By Dan Connolly, The Baltimore Sun | December 6, 2010
The 2011 Hall of Fame ceremony in Cooperstown, N.Y., will have some Orioles flavor, regardless of whether former players Roberto Alomar and Rafael Palmeiro are enshrined. Pat Gillick the Orioles' general manager from 1996 to 1998 and the architect of the 1997 team that lost to the Cleveland Indians in the American League Championship Series, was selected by the Baseball Hall of Fame's Expansion Era Committee for 2011 induction. The only one selected by the committee, he beat out the likes of late New York Yankees owner George Steinbrenner and former players union executive Marvin Miller . "I can't tell you what an honor this is," said Gillick, who led the Toronto Blue Jays and Philadelphia Phillies to world championships and also was the GM for the Seattle Mariners.
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By DAN CONNOLLY and DAN CONNOLLY,dan.connolly@baltsun.com | October 31, 2008
PHILADELPHIA - In the midst of the World Series fiesta on the Citizens Bank Park field late Wednesday night stood a calm man wearing a sport jacket, dress slacks and a toothy grin. The champagne-spewing, trophy-holding Philadelphia Phillies buzzed all around the septuagenarian, who patiently answered questions from the media and accepted congratulations from everyone else. Among all the big-money, high-profile athletes celebrating the Phillies' first title since 1980 - a Game 5 clincher over the upstart Tampa Bay Rays - only this failed left-handed pitcher named Pat Gillick is a slam-dunk, near-certain Hall of Famer.
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By Dan Connolly and Dan Connolly,Sun reporter | March 18, 2007
CLEARWATER, Fla. -- Lounging cross-legged in an overstuffed chair at the Bright House Networks Field complex, Pat Gillick couldn't look much more comfortable. It's the preseason. The annual blather about hope springing eternal hangs in the thick Florida air. And Gillick again is leading one of baseball's most talented teams. "I think we've got a shot," Gillick said of his 2007 Philadelphia Phillies. "I think we have a very good starting staff and if we can beef up the bullpen a little bit, I think we can be OK."
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By Roch Kubatko and Jeff Zrebiec and Roch Kubatko and Jeff Zrebiec,SUN STAFF | October 6, 2004
Two years ago, Orioles bench coach Sam Perlozzo came close to being the next manager of the Seattle Mariners. They called him back for a second interview, and it's believed he was runner-up to Bob Melvin. Melvin was fired earlier this week, after the Mariners lost 99 games, but Perlozzo might not get as close to the job this time. Major league sources don't expect him to be a front-runner since Bill Bavasi replaced Pat Gillick as general manager. Gillick interviewed Perlozzo after the 2002 season, and his interest could come into play again if Gillick ends up running the Washington franchise.
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By LAURA VECSEY | July 27, 2003
WILL they chant his name in Cooperstown, the way they used to at Memorial Stadium, when the quiet kid out of Los Angeles took over first base for the Orioles, then never stopped producing hits and homers and runs, all the way back to Camden Yards? Will they chant "Ed-die, Ed-die" like they used to, before anyone suspected Eddie Murray would pose a frustrating puzzle and perplex Baltimore fans who revered baseball's greatest switch-hitter this side of Mickey Mantle but could not always, unconditionally, extend their love?
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By Laura Vecsey | July 11, 2003
IT DOESN'T TAKE the architect of a World Series contender in Seattle to confirm what some Orioles fans think they are witnessing this season in Baltimore, but what the heck? If Mariners general manager Pat Gillick isn't a voice to be trusted, no one who builds baseball teams is trustworthy. "I like the club. [Jay] Gibbons, [Luis] Matos, [Jerry] Hairston is out, but [was playing well] before he got hurt. [Brian] Roberts. These guys look good," Gillick said this week. Once it was Gillick's job to put a contender on the field at Camden Yards.
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By Buster Olney and Buster Olney,SUN STAFF | December 3, 1995
Davey Johnson knew that the Orioles badly wanted Pat Gillick as general manager, and he figured that Gillick wouldn't be entertaining offers from other teams if he didn't want to come out of semiretirement.Johnson, then, took it upon himself to track down Gillick at the general managers meetings Nov. 15 and encourage him to talk to Orioles owner Peter Angelos."To me," Johnson said last week, "Pat is the best of the general managers in the last two decades. But maybe he was a little bit intimidated by Peter's reputation."
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By Buster Olney and Buster Olney,SUN STAFF | December 31, 1995
It would be unfair to say Pat Gillick is buying a pennant, that he is putting together a championship team by throwing around the millions of dollars generated by the millions who frequent Camden Yards. His approach has been much more skillful than that.Gillick's aim was twofold when he assumed control of the Orioles last month. He wanted to piece together a contender, but he had to try to do that without compromising the primary goal of building the farm system back to respectability.He had to fill in the many holes in the major-league team -- a couple of spots in the rotation, a second baseman, a third baseman, a leadoff hitter and several arms in the bullpen, including a closer.
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By Laura Vecsey | December 5, 2002
IT DID SMACK OF ageism the past few months when the prescription for fixing the Orioles called for "new energy" in the front office. In other words, no more Syd Thrift. At 73, with 50 years in baseball and having forgotten more about the game than other general managers might ever know, Thrift did not lack for energy or knowledge. However, there was something flawed with Thrift and the Orioles. That became particularly apparent this past season when the pain threshold throughout the organization reached an intolerable level.
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By Joe Christensen | November 6, 2002
After interviewing 12 managerial candidates, the Seattle Mariners trimmed to the final four yesterday, and Orioles bench coach Sam Perlozzo made the cut. Mariners general manager Pat Gillick said Perlozzo, Jim Riggleman, Bob Melvin and Buddy Bell will all be invited back for second interviews next week. He didn't close the door on San Francisco Giants manager Dusty Baker as a possibility. "I wouldn't say [the four finalists] are etched in stone," Gillick said. "But one of these four might be our manager."
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