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. So the Expos tremendous run that season -- 74-40 before labor unrest ended play in August -- does not get credited to Duquette. Instead, on his record is a 54-61 mark by a Red Sox team he took over just before spring training.
You flip those numbers and you get a .554 winning percentage lifetime for Duquette, which would be good for fourth on the chart.
Also, in 2002, Duquette was fired on the last day of February after assembling that season’s squad, which would end up posting a 93-69 record in the regular season. If you want to get real creative, and give Duquette that record too, he ends up with a .556 winning percentage. That just edges out Theo Epstein, who replaced Duquette in Boston, for third overall among current GM types.
The numbers don’t have to be massaged too much. Point is the teams with Duquette at the helm have had winning records in nine of 11 seasons (the chart erroneously had 12 seasons). Those two losing clubs were the 1997 Boston Red Sox (78-84) and 1994 Red Sox (54-61), who he inherited in February.
Overall, four of Duquette’s nine non-strike shortened seasons have totaled 92 or more victories, including the 93-win campaign for the Orioles this year.
Just some more numbers to chew on in mid-November.