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By John Steadman | November 26, 1995
If the Baltimore Orioles want to make a fit and proper selection as their next general manager, providing they offer sufficient autonomy, then they should remove all doubt and make another pitch for Pat Gillick, who has extraordinary capabilities and a record that can't be refuted or minimized.Gillick is an absolute winner. He has been retired from the Toronto Blue Jays for a year and at age 58 is much too young to put himself voluntarily on the shelf.There are indications that one reason the Orioles haven't filled the position is they still hold hope of getting Gillick and, even now, are pursuing him with diligence.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | January 3, 2013
Two longtime scouts with Orioles ties will be honored next Saturday at the Professional Scouts Foundation's annual “In the Spirit of the Game” Sports and Entertainment Spectaular in Los Angeles. Larry Himes and Wayne Britton will be among the five scouts who will receive the Legends of Scouting Award, which will be presented by Hall of Famer and former Orioles general manager Pat Gillick. Himes, who has spent 51 years in the game and served as general manager of the White Sox and Cubs, was a cross-checker with the Orioles in 1980.
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By Peter Schmuck and Peter Schmuck,SUN STAFF | February 18, 1996
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- It has been nearly three years since David Wells stalked angrily out of the Toronto Blue Jays' spring training facility, since manager Cito Gaston gave up on him and general manager Pat Gillick gave him his unconditional release just days before the start of the 1993 season.It has been three years -- certainly an adequate cooling-off period -- and yet it still was strange to see Wells walk through the Orioles' spring clubhouse Friday and stop to exchange small talk with his new general manager, who happens to be Pat Gillick.
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August 26, 2011
Rays' Andrew Friedman Steve Gould Baltimore Sun Baseball's most competitive division features perhaps its three best front office chiefs and one (the Blue Jays' Alex Anthopoulos) quickly on the rise. The Yankees' Brian Cashman and the Red Sox's Theo Epstein have built perennial World Series contenders by assembling All-Star teams while maintaining impressive farm systems. However, the standard disclaimer applies: Because of the payrolls at their disposal, it's hard to evaluate their acumen.
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By Peter Schmuck and Peter Schmuck,SUN STAFF | November 28, 1995
It wouldn't be entirely accurate to call it a homecoming, but new Orioles general manager Pat Gillick -- like new manager Davey Johnson -- is no stranger to Baltimore or the baseball club that he will direct for at least the next three years.Gillick, 58, once played in the Orioles' minor-league system. He played alongside Johnson at Single-A Elmira (N.Y.) in 1963. He was a teammate of Cal Ripken Sr.'s at Class B Fox Cities the season that Cal Jr. was born. He played under Earl Weaver and was a disciple of Paul Richards.
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By Buster Olney and Buster Olney,SUN STAFF | April 1, 1996
Pat Gillick established his reputation as one of the best executives in baseball by building the Toronto Blue Jays, an expansion team in 1977, into world champions. But the challenge he faced when he became general manager of the Orioles a little more than four months ago was different from any he encountered in Toronto.The Blue Jays were built from the bottom up; a deep farm system became the foundation for those championship teams. As the Orioles prepare to open the 1996 season against the Kansas City Royals, the Orioles organization is a polar opposite of those Blue Jays prototypes.
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By Dan Berger | December 1, 1995
If Pat Gillick is so good, he ought to be put in charge of the city school system.Don't knock psychics on the Defense Intelligence Agency payroll. They divined where to find federal funding.The National Football League wants, among other goodies, special protection from Congress against being tackled in court by its own owners, right?B4Bill Clinton for President of Northern Ireland!
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By Brad Snyder and Brad Snyder,SUN STAFF | November 28, 1995
Roberto Alomar's marketing agent likes it. So do general managers, other agents and past members of the Orioles' front office.The buzz around baseball is that by hiring Pat Gillick, the Orioles made a brilliant move."
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By Jason LaCanfora and Jason LaCanfora,SUN STAFF | February 6, 1997
The Orioles will begin formulating a counterproposal for third baseman Cal Ripken today and are expected to contact his representatives in the next few days, according to a league source.Sources said Ripken asked for a yearly salary between $7 million and $7.5 million and is unlikely to sign unless the deal is for at least three years. Ripken, 36, will make $6.2 million this season and is eligible to become a free agent after the 1997 season.Ron Shapiro, Ripken's agent, met with general manager Pat Gillick at the Camden Yards offices Monday, and sources said they are scheduled to meet again next week.
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By Jamison Hensley and Jamison Hensley,CONTRIBUTING WRITER | December 10, 1995
Excitement beat the weather at Camden Yards yesterday.With snow on the outfield and baseball season four months away, Orioles fans lined up along the B&O warehouse to buy a club single-day record 62,000 individual-game tickets as of 5:30 p.m. yesterday, the first day of ticket sales. The former record for first-day sales was 60,000 in 1993."Despite the rough weather conditions, our fans were out in droves, and it is evident that Orioles fever is high," said Joe Foss, the Orioles vice chairman of business and finance.
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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 Phil Rogers | July 23, 2011
Don't be surprised if the Mariners surface as an option for Hall of Famer Pat Gillick , who is under consideration for a club president's job with the Cubs. The Mariners' collapse has cut into general manager Jack Zduriencik's standing at a point when his contract is up. Gillick and his wife live in Seattle. … As they slide down the standings, the Rays are more serious about trading B.J. Upton . A lot of teams are inquiring about James Shields , but GM Andrew Friedman would have to be overwhelmed to deal him. … While the Cubs' Carlos Pena has hit 20 homers since May 2, he hasn't attracted much interest in the trade market.
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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 PETER SCHMUCK | June 21, 2007
For once, they didn't have to open the windows on the sixth floor of the B&O warehouse to get some fresh air. New Orioles president of baseball operations Andy MacPhail took the podium yesterday and took charge of this floundering franchise and, cynics be damned, it sure felt like a new day in Birdland. It started with the structure of the media conference, for which club counsel (and Peter Angelos surrogate) Russell Smouse made the introduction instead of executive vice president Mike Flanagan.
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By JOHN EISENBERG | December 24, 2005
As I drove in to work yesterday, I listened to radio talk shows still mourning Elrod Hendricks' death. That was all the callers wanted to discuss. When I got to the office and turned on my computer, I found my inbox jammed with responses to the testimonial column I had written after hearing the news. A quick spin around the Internet turned up hundreds of emotional postings about Elrod on an assortment of Web sites, including this newspaper's. It occurred to me that someone uneducated in the ways of Baltimore or the Orioles might not understand.
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By JOHN EISENBERG | November 5, 2005
The offseason is off to a pretty good start for the Orioles, for what that's worth. The Boston Red Sox apparently have lost boy wonder general manager Theo Epstein - an unmistakable blow to one of the Orioles' chief rivals. Former Orioles GM Pat Gillick - the best in the business, in my opinion - was looking for a job but didn't sign with the Red Sox or New York Yankees, instead taking on the task of turning the Philadelphia Phillies into a playoff team. (He will.) The Los Angeles Dodgers first fired their manager and then fired their general manager in the middle of his search for a new manager, proving that the Orioles, even after eight straight losing seasons, don't own the copyright on organizational dysfunction.
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By Joe Strauss | September 20, 1998
Mike Bordick -- UP -- Six home runs in 22 games and a career-high 13 this season? As many homers as Roberto Alomar and one fewer than Cal Ripken? Pump it up.Juan Guzman -- UP -- Jimmy Key and Doug Drabek will be non-tendered free agents. Scott Kamieniecki undergoes disk surgery and is a question mark for next season. Guzman's July acquisition and recent performance provides a four-deep rotation where chaos might have ruled.Pat Gillick -- UP -- Third-year Orioles general manager will announce his decision to leave this week.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | January 3, 2013
Two longtime scouts with Orioles ties will be honored next Saturday at the Professional Scouts Foundation's annual “In the Spirit of the Game” Sports and Entertainment Spectaular in Los Angeles. Larry Himes and Wayne Britton will be among the five scouts who will receive the Legends of Scouting Award, which will be presented by Hall of Famer and former Orioles general manager Pat Gillick. Himes, who has spent 51 years in the game and served as general manager of the White Sox and Cubs, was a cross-checker with the Orioles in 1980.
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July 8, 2001
Angelos misses point about fans tuning out I read with both amusement and aggravation the letter of Peter Angelos in the June 17 paper. Simply stating that the Orioles "will never move" is missing the point. Under his stewardship, the franchise now endures the longest World Series void in its history. But it goes far beyond wins and losses, and this is where Peter is clueless. The arrogance perpetrating from the warehouse is what is tuning the fans out. The systematic purge of competent employees at all organizational levels had resulted in the disassociation of the team and its fans.
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By John Eisenberg | May 4, 2001
THE RATIONALIZATIONS have come leaking out of the Orioles camp at a quiet, steady pace in the seven months since Mike Mussina signed with the Yankees. He was whiny and selfish. He wouldn't attend the pitchers' meetings held before every series. He came out of too many games prematurely to compile 20 wins in a season. All he cared about was the money. He didn't deserve a No. 1 pitcher's salary. Blah, blah, blah. What a pot of crocks. Just like the stuff circulating on the talk shows and bulletin boards - that Mussina was spoiled because he never said thank you to the Orioles (as if they said thank you to him)
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