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Grade Andy MacPhail's tenure as team president

It's not technically official, but it is happening.

Andy MacPhail's tenure as president of baseball operations is over after four-plus years and a record of 307-432 (.415 winning percentage). He finished last in each of his four full seasons and fourth in 2007.

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We'll have plenty of time to talk about who replaces MacPhail and what that person has to do right this ship – if one person can.

Today, though, I want to know your evaluation of MacPhail and the job he did.

Let me start by saying that when MacPhail was hired, I was told by those who knew him that he was an honest, upfront professional. In my four-plus years of dealing with him, nothing changed that opinion.

MacPhail kept things close to the sweater-vest, as we used to joke in the press box. But he was always accountable and never once lied to me to get me or other reporters off a scent – and that's huge for someone in his position. If he couldn't tell me something, he just didn't. We all respected that.

As for the job he did, I'm giving MacPhail a C-. His win-loss record probably begs a D, maybe worse. And I can't say the organization has overwhelmingly better personnel than it did when he got here – meaning it's probably just as far away from competing in the AL East as it was in 2007.

Although his trades were normally very good – adding Adam Jones, Luke Scott and J.J. Hardy, among others – his free-agent signings were primarily dreadful. That said, he didn't saddle the Orioles with any long-term free agent contracts and most of the real stinkers – Garrett Atkins, Justin Duchscherer – were low-risk long shots.

But I disagree with some fans that MacPhail's tenure here was a flop. He attempted to rebuild it with young pitching, baseball's most volatile commodity. Those young pitchers didn't take the next step – and there wasn't enough depth to fall back on – and so the Orioles didn't meet even the modest expectations that many had in 2011.

Maybe those guys come together next year or the year after and MacPhail's plan looks a little better. Maybe not. But it is hard to judge it now as a complete failure.

Those are my thoughts. I want your opinion.

Daily Think Special: How do you grade Andy MacPhail's tenure in Baltimore?

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