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O's don't get their man

The news spread quickly. Joe Girardi stiff-armed the Orioles' offer to manage here.

I'm only a little surprised. When Girardi talked about making a decision that was the best "fit" for his family from the outset, what you were hearing was a guy laying the groundwork to say "no" unless there was a monster offer. It doesn't matter what the reason was, the fact that new president of baseball operations Andy MacPhail wasn't able to land Girardi doesn't reflect well on him.

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Because Dusty Baker (left) and MacPhail were in Chicago together with the Cubs, there was some initial speculation (including here) that he would be on the Orioles' list. But more recent reports indicate that that will not be the case.

It's hard to handicap Davey Johnson's chances, although I'd wager he would be the fans' choice. And then there's Rick Dempsey, waving his hand like that kid in class yelling, "Pick me, pick me, pick me!"  Other names that have surfaced are Don Baylor and Jerry Manuel.

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Photo credit: Nam Y. Huh/AP

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