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08:16 AM ET 10.13 | Buck Showalter reportedly flew to Baltimore Wednesday to meet with owner Peter Angelos to discuss who might replace Andy MacPhail as head of baseball operations. The club is believed to be working from a list that includes Arizona Diamondbacks senior vice president for scouting and player development Jerry DiPoto, Texas Rangers assistant general manager Thad Levine, Toronto Blue Jays assistant GM Tony LaCava, Florida Marlins assistant GM Dan Jennings, Los Angeles Dodgers assistant GM De Jon Watson, Detroit Tigers assistant GM Al Avila, Los Angeles Angels executive and former GM Tony Reagins and Dodgers assistant GM Logan White.

The Baltimore Sun

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October 13, 2011  08:19 AM ET

What about Cal Ripken Jr.????

October 13, 2011  08:39 AM ET

Geez Orioles, save some candidates for the Red Sox.

October 13, 2011  09:21 AM ET

I hear that the assistant manager of a nearby Applebee's is also under consideration, Angelos really likes the mozz sticks there.

October 13, 2011  09:39 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

I hear that the assistant manager of a nearby Applebee's is also under consideration, Angelos really likes the mozz sticks there.

You're on a roll today Dude.

October 13, 2011  10:51 AM ET

Whoever can present a plan to get them out of the AL East will get the job

October 13, 2011  12:20 PM ET

why not Barry Larkin? This guy is very bright and worthy of consideration.

October 13, 2011  12:26 PM ET

Angelos needs to spend some of tha MASN $$$ gets from the Nationals. Also, hire some good scouts and talent evaluators. With the amount of high picks they have had over the past 10 years, only a small handful have panned out, that won't get it done.

Look at who is left in the playoffs, it isn't the top spenders. 1-9 in payroll, all out of the playoffs.

October 13, 2011  12:26 PM ET

truthfully, what respectable GM would want this job? What was once a highly respected baseball town has now become a deathyard for GM's with Angelos as the owner nixing trades. Simple solution, either sell or own, let the GM manage the movement of stock (players) and let the field manager manage the daily strategy. A lot of small market teams would love the fan base that Angelos is killing off!

October 13, 2011  12:36 PM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Geez Orioles, save some candidates for the Red Sox.

They're looking at eight, so they'll probably leave seven.

October 13, 2011  01:18 PM ET
QUOTE(#10):

truthfully, what respectable GM would want this job? What was once a highly respected baseball town has now become a deathyard for GM's with Angelos as the owner nixing trades. Simple solution, either sell or own, let the GM manage the movement of stock (players) and let the field manager manage the daily strategy. A lot of small market teams would love the fan base that Angelos is killing off!

You've hit it exactly. The Oriole's will never be anything but a loser as long as Peter Angelos owns the club. When the Colts were spirited out of town by the great Satan Bob Irsay, all that Baltimore fans wanted was an Oriole team owner that would keep the team in town. Well, we got what we wished for. Plus, a team that's become a laughingstock. I gave up on them long ago. And it's a pity. And Angelos STILL thinks he knows what he is doing.

October 13, 2011  01:28 PM ET

does the problem with the team starts with THE GM? maybe in another organization, but not in baltimore it seems like the bad side in this franchise its in the management, coaches in other words the blame do fall in the one who had being in charge on the players develoment as well how to apply the right knowledge in the right time in the right moment!

October 13, 2011  02:59 PM ET

I hope the O's start winning again if for no other reason than to take some of the local lime-light away from those thugs that play for the Baltimore football team. I thought Harbaugh would bring in a new culture but until Ray Lewis retires the thug culture will continue. The O's once owned this town and it would be nice if they owned it again. Brooks and Cal were class all the way as were Johnny U and Bubba Smith. The Ravens have given Baltimore a bad rap.

October 13, 2011  03:16 PM ET
QUOTE(#13):

does the problem with the team starts with THE GM? maybe in another organization, but not in baltimore it seems like the bad side in this franchise its in the management, coaches in other words the blame do fall in the one who had being in charge on the players develoment as well how to apply the right knowledge in the right time in the right moment!

Are you kidding? Management is not the problem whatsoever. It all starts with the owner. He is responsible for finding a GM that can be responsible for the day-to-day actions surrounding the team. The decision making process should not involve the owner but for the last minute signing of contracts. The GM is in charge of finding the players, signing them, or trading for them. If the owner denies these trades, maybe he shouldn't have hired the GM in the first place. Buck Showalter is arguably the best manager in Baltimore since Earl Weaver. (I say arguably because Davey Johnson was quite memorable as well). If you give the Show something to work with, I guaruntee you he will find success... otherwise, its another race to the bottom of the AL East

October 13, 2011  03:53 PM ET
QUOTE(#14):

I hope the O's start winning again if for no other reason than to take some of the local lime-light away from those thugs that play for the Baltimore football team. I thought Harbaugh would bring in a new culture but until Ray Lewis retires the thug culture will continue. The O's once owned this town and it would be nice if they owned it again. Brooks and Cal were class all the way as were Johnny U and Bubba Smith. The Ravens have given Baltimore a bad rap.

I think you're about 10 years behind the times. Ray Lewis is universally respected among his peers for mentoring of younger players. Whatever his earlier mistakes, he's more than atoned for them. I really don't see that 'thug' culture like there used to be.

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October 13, 2011  11:31 PM ET
QUOTE(#17):

How about Theo Cashman or Brian Epstein?

about reagins???????

October 14, 2011  12:40 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Geez Orioles, save some candidates for the Red Sox.

They have their own internal guy, Ben Cherington.
http://msn.foxsports.com/mlb/story/Boston-Red-Sox-select-Ben-Cherington-to -replace-Theo-Epstein-as-GM-101311

October 14, 2011  12:40 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Geez Orioles, save some candidates for the Red Sox.

They have their own internal guy, Ben Cherington.

http://msn.foxsports.com/mlb/story/Boston-Red-Sox-select-Ben-Cherington-to -replace-Theo-Epstein-as-GM-101311

October 14, 2011  02:53 AM ET

Maybe Theo will be in play if the Cubbies don't come up with the same level of compensation that the Marlins paid for Ozzie Guillen.

 
October 14, 2011  11:29 AM ET

Hellborn: I beleive the Baltimore God has enough on his plate right now. I think your expecting him to perform a miracle for your team. lol

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