This is getting to be an interesting little dance; by the time it’s over the Orioles will likely have interviewed just about anyone currently working in a MLB front office. Boston Globe reporter Pete Abraham, in this notes column, writes that yet another man will speak to the Baltimore franchise about their GM vacancy:
The Baltimore Orioles have asked permission to speak to Red Sox vice president of player personnel and pro scouting Allard Baird about their general manager vacancy. The Orioles have restarted their search after being turned down by Toronto assistant GM Tony LaCava. Baird has been with the Red Sox since 2006. The New Hampshire native was GM of the Royals from 2000-06.
Baird didn’t have a good run with the Royals, but having worked for Theo Epstein in Boston, perhaps some of Epstein’s front office savvy has rubbed off on him. Craig Calcaterra points out the problem for just about anyone interviewing:
Probably because whoever takes the GM job realizes that they wouldn’t be running the team. Peter Angelos and his faceless minions scattered around the front office would. And then there’s Buck Showalter down below who probably has his own ideas about personnel and the like.
Calcaterra suggests that Angelos could just give the job to Showalter. If people keep running away, that might just happen.