October 2005 - Baltimore Orioles Wiretap
B.J. Ryan Will Enter Free Agency
Closer B.J. Ryan plans to enter the free agent market, Orioles executive vice president Mike Flanagan told the Baltimore Sun. Ryan's agent, John Courtright, informed the club that they had no interest in negotiating during the team's 15-day exclusive window. "We'll see when we get there, but we certainly have not been eliminated from that process," Flanagan told the paper. "It's what most players do when you've come this far. You're a couple of weeks away from being able to be a free agent. I can't think of too many cases where it's any different than that." The Orioles will likely be up against big spenders like the New York Mets, New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox.
Duquette Named Orioles' VP Of Baseball Operations
The Baltimore Orioles named Jim Duquette vice president of baseball operations on Thursday. Duquette, who served as general manager of the New York Mets for 15? months before being replaced by Omar Minaya in September 2004, will work under executive vice president Mike Flanagan in Baltimore. Flanagan was given total control of front office decisions after Jim Beattie was fired as vice president two weeks ago. "Jim brings a wealth of experience in the daily operation of a major league baseball team, from bottom to top," Flanagan said. "He has been involved in every aspect of the baseball front office from scouting and the minors to contract negotiations and running a department."
Mazzone Bolting Atlanta For The Emerald City
Pitching coach Leo Mazzone and the Baltimore Orioles reached agreement on a three-year contract Wednesday night, hours after the Atlanta Braves coach ended discussions with the New York Yankees. ``The deal is finished business,'' according to a source close to the negotiations, who spoke to The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity. Mazzone, considered to be one of the finest pitching coaches in the majors, has been in the Atlanta organization since 1979 and was pitching coach of the Braves since 1990. He will replace Ray Miller, who served as pitching coach of the Orioles since June 26, 2004. Orioles executive vice president Mike Flanagan declined comment, and Baltimore manager Sam Perlozzo, a longtime friend of Mazzone, did not return a phone call from The Associated Press.
O's Promote Flangan, Expected To Keep Perlozzo
Mike Flanagan will replace Jim Beattie as the Baltimore Orioles' executive vice president for baseball operations, a move that puts the former Cy Young award winner in charge of ending the team's run of eight straight losing seasons. The announcement was made Tuesday, one day after Orioles owner Peter Angelos dismissed Beattie as the team's executive vice president. Beattie has been offered a position to remain with the organization as a consultant. Flanagan's promotion likely means that interim manager Sam Perlozzo will get a chance to manage the team in 2006, according to The Baltimore Sun.
Beattie Out As Orioles VP Starting An Expected Major Baltimore Shakeup
Jim Beattie won't return in 2006 as executive vice president of the Baltimore Orioles, a move that could signify the beginning of wide-ranging shakeup in the wake of the team's eighth straight losing season. Beattie told people Monday at a charity golf outing in the Baltimore area that he would not be back. His contract expires at the end of this month. There was no word on the status of vice president Mike Flanagan, who worked with Beattie in the Orioles' front office. It was also uncertain whether the Orioles would retain interim manager Sam Perlozzo, who took over for manager Lee Mazzilli on Aug. 4.
Gonzalez Defends Raffy
Two-time AL MVP Juan Gonzalez says he told congressional investigators Tuesday that he thinks former teammate Rafael Palmeiro "has always been clean." A release issued by Gonzalez's agent, Alan Nero, said Gonzalez spoke by telephone to lawyers from the House Government Reform Committee about Palmeiro and answered all of their questions. Palmeiro was suspended Aug. 1 by Major League Baseball for failing a drug test. Congress is looking into whether he committed perjury when he testified under oath in March before the Government Reform Committee and said he "never used steroids. Period."
Sosa Denies Feud With Tejada
Sammy Sosa denied that there is a rift between him and Miguel Tejada, refuting comments made by bullpen catcher Elrod Hendricks. "In the time that I was there I respected everyone," Sosa told The Washington Post. "I'm hurt that someone would say that. I ask myself why someone would say I had a problem with Miguel? I've always respected him. I'm not a person that likes to create controversy. For [Hendricks] to say that I was the reason Miguel had problems this year is wrong." Hendricks said the two players had stopped speaking to each other and that it affected Tejada. "Sometimes there were days we didn't speak but that doesn't mean we're not friends," Sosa told the paper. "Sometimes in a long season you're just not in the mood to speak."