This is an uncomfortable time for job speculation to be engulfing the guy who is supposed to be totally immersed in improving the Orioles for next season, especially when the other team involved is a close division rival that already has made some big moves in its attempt to jump over them in the standings.
Behind the scenes, the Orioles front office relies on a range of contributors, from old-school scouts who gauge talent by watching players compete to younger executives adept at the statistics-driven approach captured in "Moneyball," the best-selling book and motion picture.
Even before they signed it, a handful of Major League Baseball owners expressed deep misgivings about a 2005 agreement negotiated by Orioles owner Peter Angelos establishing conditions under which the Montreal Expos would move and become the Washington Nationals.
A judge could rule Monday whether Major League Baseball can compel an Orioles-controlled TV network to pay tens of millions of dollars a year more to the Washington Nationals for the rights to show their games.
The Baltimore Orioles defied an order from commissioner Bud Selig to appear at a sanctions hearing and the Mid-Atlantic Sports Network filed an $800 million arbitration claim against Major League Baseball in the deepening feud with the Washington Nationals over TV rights fees.
When he became the first black manager in the Major Leagues the 1975 as a player/manager with the Cleveland Indians, Orioles Hall of Famer Frank Robinson was shocked to see that the Indians still specified a player¿s race on their scouting reports.
The Orioles have received permission to interview several external candidates who are currently committed to other organizations, according to industry sources, and one of the more high profile names will meet with club officials Wednesday.
Sometimes it¿s easier to put these things into a question-and-answer format, and since I¿ve gotten a bunch of questions from readers about what¿s next for the Orioles and their pitching coach situation, that's what we'll do.
Before "Moneyball" hit the best sellers list and before Brad Pitt brought Oakland A's general manager Billy Beane to the big screen, Dan Duquette's Montreal Expos were perhaps the first incarnation of the Moneyball concept.
The Orioles are looking to further bolster their amateur scouting department by adding a second national crosschecker, and they are focusing on a candidate that has strong ties to the organization and executive vice president Dan Duquette.
Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette, who engineered one of the best turnarounds in baseball this season by taking the long suffering Orioles to the postseason for the first time in 15 years, was surprisingly shut out in the voting for this season's Sporting News Executive of the Year award, which goes to the game's top front office executive.
The Washington Nationals will enter the weekend with the best record in all of baseball, which should remind fans of the transplanted franchise of bitter times. The last time a team in the club's history was in this position this late in the season was 1994, when the Montreal Expos were 72-39 on Aug. 8 and would go on to finish with a baseball-best 74-40 record.
The gulf could hardly be wider in this months-long dispute between the Orioles and Washington Nationals over media rights fees — and the teams can't agree on a formula for resolving their disagreements.
Being held captive at gunpoint is just one obstacle Orioles pitcher Luis Ayala has overcome. The right-hander and his family were at the mercy of bandits in 2010, and he has also dealt with injury and culture shock in his journey from the Mexican League to the majors.
Dan Duquette tells Orioles fans that reaching .500 is just the starting point. At his first FanFest, the Orioles' executive vice president continues to set the bar high, but not necessarily at signing Prince Fielder.