Doug Duennes, who oversaw all aspects of Camden Yards and the business side of the Orioles in his two-plus years as the organization’s executive vice president of business operations, has been relieved of his duties.
Duennes had a meeting with club ownership Friday and was informed of the decision — with it becoming official Tuesday.
“We greatly appreciate Doug’s efforts on behalf of the club over the past two-plus seasons and we wish him best in his future endeavors,” said Greg Bader, the Orioles’ vice president of communications in a prepared statement.
The statement gave no specific reason for the decision.
Reached by phone Tuesday night, Duennes said, “There really wasn’t an explanation …. It was said a ‘change in direction,’ that kind of language.”
Duennes was hired by the Orioles in April 2011 after serving as the general manager of Centerplate at the Baltimore Convention Center. He essentially ran the day-to-day business operations of the club — overseeing ticketing, marketing, communications and sales, among other departments.
“At the end of the day, I understand the types of decisions people have to make and for whatever reasons they have to make them,” Duennes said. “It’s personally disappointing, but I can say in the same breath I really enjoyed working there.”
Duennes, 61, had more than 30 years of experience working in Major League Baseball with the San Diego Padres, Cincinnati Reds and the Los Angeles Dodgers, for whom he worked with for 10 years. He oversaw several improvements and changes at Camden Yards, including the Roof Deck and Dempsey’s restaurant. Orioles manager Buck Showalter, among others, had publicly lauded Duennes for his work over the past year or so.
“The staff I worked with was terrific,” Duennes said. “The group of people I worked with was hardworking and dedicated, and I am really proud of what we accomplished in my time there.”