Orioles managing general partner Peter Angelos, who promised to restructure the club's front office after he acquired the team Oct. 4, made several moves official yesterday.
He named author and minority owner Tom Clancy the club's vice chairman of community projects and public affairs, officially handed the title of vice chairman of business operations and finance to Joe Foss and named Fred Arscott the club's chief administrative officer.
None of this comes as a surprise, nor does it signal an immediate change in the way the Orioles do business. The three appointments were telegraphed soon after Angelos completed the deal to purchase the Orioles for $173 million.
Angelos said at the time that Clancy would take charge of the club's community affairs and he put Foss in charge of the transition to the new ownership group. But it was generally accepted at the time that Foss would emerge as the highest-ranking officer on the business side of the front office.
"I said when we extended Roland [Hemond] and Johnny Oates that I would make an announcement about those other positions," Angelos said yesterday. "I hadn't done that."
Foss, a former chief executive officer of First American Bank of Washington, D.C., had served as Angelos' business and financial adviser throughout the lengthy process that led to the acquisition of the team. Arscott, who has been a longtime financial adviser to Clancy, will be in charge of the Orioles human resources, computer services, ticket operations and treasury management.
Angelos has vowed to streamline the front-office operation, something that could begin to take place in a matter of weeks.
"We're just finishing the departmental budget reviews and then there will be some changes," Angelos said. "Some of them may be newsworthy, but what they will be exactly, I can't say. Tom Daffron is leaving and there may be a couple more people that go. In four to six weeks, I think we'll have it more streamlined. I want the front office to be more efficient and more responsive."