Don Pries helped shape Orioles squads that went to the playoffs five times, won three pennants and captured one World Series during his seven-year tenure in Baltimore as an area scout, director of player personnel and assistant to the general manager.
And his impact on the franchise has lasted into present day.
While Pries was working as the director of the major league scouting bureau, Harry Dalton called him up with a request.
Dalton, long-time front office executive for the Orioles, Angels and Brewers, said: “Don, I have a graduate from Amherst that I’d like to have come and visit your office for a week and see if he can learn something.”
It was Dan Duquette, Orioles' current executive vice president of baseball operations.
All Dalton told Pries to do was “just point him in the right direction.”
“We undoubtedly pointed him in the right direction through his success in Boston and here with the Baltimore club,” Pries said Friday, the day he was inducted into the Orioles Hall of Fame.
Duquette, who took over the Orioles in November 2011, has made a number of moves that rejuvenated the Orioles, leading them to to their first postseason appearance since 1997 last season and have them in position for another playoff run this season.
“They’ve made some right decisions here,” Pries said. “I believe it’s an exciting ballclub. You’ve been blessed with, from a standpoint of star categories, you can probably put a couple of them in that category. But it’s a team effort and that’s what it takes to win.”Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun