As speculation swirls about Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette and his future with the organization, a pair of baseball writers have put his career accomplishments into a wider view, along with the rest of baseball’s executives.
On a blog in support of their upcoming book “In Pursuit of Pennants: Baseball Operations from Deadball to Moneyball,” writers Mark Armour and Daniel Levitt have been counting down the top 25 general managers in baseball history.
Duquette ranks 17th.
Without seeing who’s above him, it’s hard to put that into context. But on top of what he’s been able to do with the Orioles in the past few seasons, Duquette is lauded in the accompanying blog post for his drafts and talent acquisition with the Montreal Expos (including Vladimir Guerrero, Pedro Martinez, and Cliff Floyd) and Boston Red Sox (Nomar Garciaparra, Jason Varitek, and Martinez again).
At each stop, it was noted, Duquette’s past organization had success with the core he left in place after he moved on.
There’s plenty of Baltimore lineage in the early part of the list, with former Orioles general manager Andy MacPhail and his father, Lee, who ran the club from 1958-1965, ranking 25th and 19th, respectively. It will be interesting to see how the rest of the list shapes out ahead of Duquette to see the company he keeps.