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Markakis, Hardy and Wieters nominated for Gold Gloves, more GM stuff

Orioles right fielder Nick Markakis, shortstop J.J. Hardy and catcher Matt Wieters are finalists for the Rawlings Gold Glove Awards. Markakis, the Angels’ Torii Hunter and the Royals’ Jeff Francoeur are the finalists among American League right fielders. Ichiro, a 10-time winner, didn’t make the cut. Hardy, the Angels’ Erick Aybar and the Indians’ Asdrubal Cabrera are the league’s finalists among shortstops. Wieters, the White

LaCava back in Baltimore today

Blue Jays assistant general manager Tony LaCava is back in Baltimore today, meeting with owner Peter Angelos as the club draws closer to naming a new president of baseball operations. LaCava already has interviewed once for the job, along with Jerry Dipoto, De Jon Watson and John Stockstill. Dipoto dropped off the list after being named the Angels general manager. LaCava was the second candidate

Show them the money

Former Orioles Jerry Hairston Jr. and Willie Harris filed for free agency yesterday. Any interest? What if Robert Andino winds up as the everyday second baseman and the Orioles need a super-utility player? Teams have five days after the World Series to negotiate with their free agents before they hit the open market. The Cesar Izturis train has left the station. Manager Buck Showalter has

Quick Jakubauskas update

It took longer to type his last name. Pitcher Chris Jakubauskas, who cleared waivers last week, has refused his outright assignment to Triple-A Norfolk and elected to become a free agent. Jakubauskas was outrighted previously, which allowed him to refuse the assignment. He also would have qualified as a minor league free agent later this week. Jakubauskas, 32, was 2-2 with a 5.72 ERA in

More morning musings (with note)

Tony LaCava. De Jon Watson. John Stockstill. No more Jerry Dipoto. LaCava the likely hire at this point. Should know soon. There’s your incremental non-update update on the Orioles’ GM situation. The Pirates released their spring training schedule, which includes four games against the Orioles: March 5 and 14 in Sarasota, and March 25 (7:05 p.m.) and 31 (split-squad) in Bradenton. The Yankees exercised their

A few morning notes

While wondering if there’s a way to turn ignored calls and text messages into cash ... The Rangers failed last night to become the first road team to win Game 7 of the World Series since the Pirates in 1979. Sorry for the reminder. Also sorry to see Michael Gonzalez limp off the mound with an injury. He won’t win many popularity contests in Baltimore,

With Tatum claimed, backup catcher also needed (more moves)

The Orioles lost their backup catcher when the Houston Astros claimed Craig Tatum off waivers. Tatum began the season at Triple-A Norfolk and batted .195 in 31 games with the Orioles. He had three doubles and seven RBIs. Tatum beat out Chad Moeller for the backup job in 2010 and batted .281 in 43 games, with four doubles and nine RBIs, but the Orioles made

Changes coming to O’s cap and jersey

Since so many fans have been asking, I wanted to pass along news that the Orioles’ caps for next season will include a variation of the cartoon bird, which will replace the “ornithologically correct” version presently worn. According to a source, the logo won’t replicate the birds from the 1970 and 1983 caps, but it will be a variation of the two, taking certain qualities

Dipoto off the board?

Diamondbacks executive Jerry Dipoto reportedly will become the next general manager of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. Hopefully, his first order of business will be to shorten the team’s name. FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal tweeted the following a few minutes ago: “Sources: DiPoto to be named #Angels GM” SI.com’s Jon Heyman followed that tweet with a confirmation of his own. Heyman also is hearing

This, that and the other (and more)

I predicted that the Rangers would win the World Series in six games. I twice came within a strike last night of finally getting something right in the postseason. Was last night’s game, won by the Cardinals in 11 innings on David Freese’s walkoff home run, the greatest in World Series history? Did it top Carlton Fisk? Bill Mazeroski? Kirk Gibson? BIll Buckner? The Jack

Stockstill interviewing Friday for GM job

In a surprising twist, Orioles director of player development John Stockstill will interview Friday for the position of president of baseball operations. An industry source confirmed the news a few minutes ago. Stockstill will be the fourth candidate interviewed, and the first from within the organization, following Jerry Dipoto, Tony LaCava and De Jon Watson. It’s possible that Rangers assistant GM Thad Levine is contacted

Two names to consider for scouting director

Repeating the intended order of hires, the Orioles are expected to introduce their new president of baseball operations before announcing Joe Jordan’s replacement as scouting director and Brian Graham’s expected promotion to director of player development, and revealing which two coaches will complete manager Buck Showalter’s staff. If Diamondbacks executive Jerry Dipoto is chosen as Andy MacPhail’s replacement, a possible hire as scouting director could

Radison among minor league hires

I wrote a few days ago that the Orioles have hired a few minor league coaches for next season. I’ve heard that one new addition will be former Nationals first base coach Dan Radison. Though assignments haven’t been made official, Radison could serve as hitting instructor at Double-A Bowie, with Denny Hocking perhaps moving up to Triple-A Norfolk. Radison was fired by the Nationals on

Second (or third) look at second base

We’ve debated which starting pitchers are realistic targets for the Orioles. We’ve kicked around the idea of the Orioles making a run at Prince Fielder or Michael Cuddyer or any hitter with a pulse and a productive bat. We’ve argued whether Adam Jones should be traded while his value is high and his free agent year is still a little ways in the distance. With

Orioles and Angels take different paths in GM search

As you know, the Orioles will interview Dodgers executive De Jon Watson tomorrow morning, making him the third candidate to fly into Baltimore. Jerry Dipoto and Tony LaCava beat him here. The Angels also are in the midst of a GM search, but I don’t see many similarities in the two lists. The Angels also have targeted Dipoto, and both teams could contact Rangers assistant

Watson interviewing Wednesday

The Orioles will interview Dodgers assistant general manager De Jon Watson on Wednesday for the position of president of baseball operations. Watson will fly into Baltimore tomorrow night and become the third candidate to interview for the job vacated by Andy MacPhail, whose contract expires Oct. 31. Watson, 45, is responsible for the Dodgers’ player development and oversees Latin American player development. He served previously

Just another manic Monday

I don’t have a whole lot for you this morning. Maybe something breaks later in the day, but right now it’s more of the same. The Orioles have interviewed Jerry Dipoto and Tony LaCava for the job of president of baseball operations. The Marlins denied them permission to contact Dan Jennings. They’re expected to interview Dodgers executive De Jon Watson this week. Rangers assistant GM

Pressing players for answers

I’m nominating Dan Lozano for “Happiest Man in the World” today. I’ll give you 10 seconds to figure out why. OK, time’s up. Lozano is the agent who represents Albert Pujols. Cha-ching! Pujols set a World Series record last night with 14 total bases. He joined Babe Ruth (twice) and Reggie Jackson as the only players to hit three home runs in the same game.

Cuddyer for hire

In case you missed it, former Orioles infielder (and part-time catcher) Lenn Sakata was named manager at high Single-A Modesto of the California League. The Nuts, as they’re called, are a Rockies affiliate. Sakata had been serving as hitting coach at low Single-A Asheville. The Nuts have two mascots: Al the Almond and Wally the Walnut. I’m not making this up. Wouldn’t it be nice

Orioles receive permission to interview Watson

The Dodgers granted permission today for the Orioles to interview assistant general manager De Jon Watson for the position of president of baseball operations. Watson will be the third candidate interviewed, following the Diamondbacks’ Jerry Dipoto and the Blue Jays’ Tony LaCava. The Marlins denied the Orioles permission to interview Dan Jennings. I wrote about Watson yesterday and passed along this report from mlbtraderumors. Watson’s

So what about the bullpen?

Clutch comeback by the Rangers last night. Down 1-0 in the top of the ninth, they rallied for two runs and returned home with the World Series deadlocked 1-1. Both runs scored on sacrifice flies. It’s not the sexiest way to win a game, but it worked. Great baserunning by the Rangers in the ninth. They were alert, and they were fearless. The Orioles’ bullpen

All’s quiet on GM front

Here’s a quick update on the Orioles’ search for a new GM/president of baseball operations: Nothing has changed. I told you it was going to be quick (that’s what ... never mind.) I’m told that the Orioles don’t have any other interviews scheduled at the present time, but they’re not going to stop at two candidates. Other executives will be brought in, though I don’t

Should the Orioles wait for their Prince Fielder to come?

My favorite tweet from last night, courtesy of @TheBillWalton: Ron Washington/Cocaine, Tony La Russa/DWI, Mark McGwire/Steroids. The coaching staff at the World Series looks like a Lohan family reunion. Bodog posted odds on which team will sign first baseman Prince Fielder this winter. The Orioles made the list, which reads as follows: Chicago Cubs 3/1 Washington Nationals 5/1 Toronto Blue Jays 5/1 Baltimore Orioles 5/1

Russell staying in dugout, Kirby could change roles

If the Orioles stick to their plan, they won’t announce their coaching staff until after hiring their president of baseball operations. Though they don’t anticipate any objections, they’d still rather allow their new executive to give final approval on manager Buck Showalter’s staff. The Orioles must make two hires, though the job descriptions aren’t settled. John Russell will remain as bench coach, which leaves a

More organizational chatter

Blue Jays assistant general manager Tony LaCava is in town today to interview for the job vacated by Andy MacPhail. I doubt that the Orioles have whittled their list down to two candidates, but they couldn’t go wrong with LaCava or Jerry Dipoto, the Diamondbacks’ senior vice president of scouting and player development. Everyone I’ve talked to in baseball raves about them and thinks they

Orioles denied permission to interview Jennings (updated)

According to an industry source, the Marlins have denied the Orioles permission to interview assistant general manager Dan Jennings for the position of president of baseball operations. Jennings, who is currently in Arizona scouting the fall league, has a contract that runs through 2015. The Marlins have denied teams permission to interview Jennings on three other occasions. The Orioles are interviewing Diamondbacks senior vice president

This, that and the 40-man roster

I’m 51-34 picking NFL games against the spread this season. Is that good? Double-A Bowie first baseman Joe Mahoney, playing in his second Arizona Fall League game yesterday, went 3-for-5 with two doubles, a home run, three RBIs and two runs scored for the Mesa Solar Sox. He’s hitting .600 with seven RBIs in two games. And his error total held at four. Xavier Avery,

Dipoto will be interviewed Tuesday (LaCava update)

The Orioles will interview Arizona Diamondbacks senior vice president of scouting and player development Jerry Dipoto tomorrow for the position of general manager, according to an industry source. Dipoto will be the first candidate interviewed. Toronto Blue Jays assistant general manager Tony LaCava is scheduled to be interviewed later this week. You can read more about Dipoto right here, courtesy of mlbtraderumors.com. Update: LaCava will

Accardo becomes free agent

In case you were wondering or thought I forgot, reliever Jeremy Accardo refused his outright assignment to Triple-A Norfolk last week and elected to become a free agent. Add him to your list of available relievers. Accardo went 3-3 with a 5.73 ERA in 31 appearances with the Orioles. He allowed 43 hits, walked 18 and hit a batter in 37 2/3 innings. His WHIP

This and that

Jeff Passan, the lead baseball columnist for Yahoo! Sports, tweeted the following last night: Brewers gave up Brett Lawrie and four prospects for Shaun Marcum and Zack Greinke. Their playoff stats: 26.1 IP, 9.57 ERA, 1.86 WHIP, 7 HR. Ouch. Lawrie will be a star with the Blue Jays. Marcum will be remembered as something else, and it won’t be Mr. October. I was reminded

Is there a spot for Bordick on the coaching staff?

Double-A Bowie first baseman Joe Mahoney made his Arizona Fall League debut yesterday and went 3-for-5 with four RBIs. He also committed four errors. Now that his oblique strain is gone, he needs to get rid of the stiffness in his mitt. But at least he’s playing again. Maryland’s football team squandered an 18-point third quarter lead last night against Clemson, and Kevin Gregg was

Leftovers for breakfast

My current issue of ESPN The Magazine has a naked Hope Solo on the cover. A naked goalie? I’m going to save this issue. (See what I did there?) I wanted to give you some reading material before I head over to Hunt Valley for the latest airing of “Wall to Wall Baseball” from 11 a.m. to noon on MASN. I wrote an entry yesterday

Randolph won’t return in 2012

I’ve been dropping strong hints that Willie Randolph wouldn’t return to the coaching staff in 2012. I received further confirmation earlier this afternoon. It appears that manager Buck Showalter will need to fill two vacancies. I heard recently that Randolph was exploring other opportunities. Naturally, he’d prefer to manage. The Orioles hired Randolph to serve as bench coach, but he swapped places with third base

Orioles to interview LaCava, contacted Marlins about Jennings (updated)

The Orioles have received permission from the Toronto Blue Jays to interview Tony LaCava for the position of general manager. Also, they’ve requested permission from the Florida Marlins to interview Dan Jennings. However, Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria is in Europe, so that decision is on hold. The interviews with LaCava and Diamondbacks executive Jerry Dipoto might not take place before Monday. As I wrote earlier,

Guthrie part of MLB traveling team headed to Taiwan

Orioles right-hander Jeremy Guthrie is listed among Major League Baseball’s All-Stars who will travel to Taiwan next month to play the Chinese Taipei national team in the 2011 Taiwan All-Star Series. MLB released the current roster, which is incomplete. Only six pitchers are listed. More names will be added later. The Taiwan All-Star Series will consist of five games played between Nov. 1-6 in three

The fluid list

I’ve decided that “fluid” is my favorite term to describe the Orioles’ list of general manager candidates. If only I knew how to describe the job itself. General manager. President of baseball operations. Whatever. It’s the same responsibilities previously bestowed upon Andy MacPhail. The list keeps changing, depending on who you follow on Twitter. In fairness, it’s going to take on different looks, no matter

Dipoto expected to be interviewed this weekend

The Orioles received permission to interview Jerry Dipoto, the Diamondbacks’ senior vice president of scouting and player development, for the position of president of baseball operations. The meeting is expected to take place this weekend. You can read more about Dipoto in this report from mlbtraderumors. Dipoto is the only confirmed candidate that the Orioles have contacted today. However, it appears that they’re still hoping

Graham a leading candidate for farm director

If the Orioles decide to replace John Stockstill as director of player development, the top in-house candidate appears to be former coach Brian Graham, the coordinator of minor league instruction. We’ve been told that the final decision will be made by the new president of baseball operations. The Orioles are trying to make these hires and announcements in their proper order. But multiple sources in

Adair’s role to be determined

Manager Buck Showalter will likely remain in Baltimore through the weekend while trying to speed up the process of interviewing candidates for general manager/president of baseball operations and making a hire. This thing can’t drag out much longer. Showalter wants the coaching staff to become more settled by the weekend. We might not learn every name, but we could find out if anyone is leaving.

Byrnes off Orioles’ GM list

The Orioles are expected to begin contacting teams tomorrow to receive permission to interview candidates for general manager/president of baseball operations. I’m not sure which title will be used, so I’m playing it safe. The list is a moving target, to use one of manager Buck Showalter’s favorite expressions. Thad Levine (Rangers), Tony LaCava (Blue Jays), Dan Jennings (Marlins) and J.P. Ricciardi (Mets) remain on

More movement in Orioles organization

Like many others, I’ve been anticipating heavy turnover in the Orioles’ organization, and it’s been unfolding over the past few days. Andy MacPhail no longer will serve as president of baseball operations, news that became official late Friday night. As I tweeted earlier this morning, scouting director Joe Jordan has been hired as the Phillies’ director of player development. (Check out this report from MASNsports.com’s

What’s next in the GM search?

So when does the offseason begin? I’m talking about mine. Here’s hoping that the Orioles don’t drag out the interviewing and hiring process. Here’s hoping we’ll learn the identity of Andy MacPhail’s replacement before next month’s general managers meetings. The empty chair would be embarrassing. Owner Peter Angelos is supposed to meet today with manager Buck Showalter, who’s racking up some serious frequent flyer miles.

The Fab 5 list of GM candidates

The Orioles are putting together a list of candidates to replace president of baseball operations Andy MacPhail. They haven’t sought permission to interview anyone, but that soon will change. A source confirmed that the short list includes Rangers assistant general manager Thad Levine, Blue Jays assistant GM Tony LaCava, Marlins assistant GM Dan Jennings, Padres vice president of baseball operations Josh Byrnes and Mets special

Accardo outrighted again

Orioles reliever Jeremy Accardo cleared waivers and has been outrighted to Triple-A Norfolk. See, the Orioles can still conduct business without a president of baseball operations. Accardo also was designated and outrighted this summer, so he can refuse the assignment and become a minor league free agent. The right-hander was 3-3 with a 5.73 ERA in 31 relief appearances during two stints with the Orioles

This, that and the other

I haven’t checked lately, but I think Nelson Cruz is still standing at home plate admiring his grand slam. The first walk-off grand slam in postseason history? Can that really be true? Delmon Young’s oblique injury makes him a real liability in left field. The Rangers must look at him out there and think, “Green light!” Not quite the same as one of Sidney Ponson’s

Bordick talks about Angle and Machado

The fall instructional league ended Saturday, along with Matt Angle’s crash course on playing second base. Angle is a plus defender in the outfield, so the Orioles aren’t looking to change his position. They just want to expand the ones he can handle. You know how it goes. Angle isn’t projected as a regular in left field. His value increases if he can play multiple

Getting to know one candidate: Tony LaCava

Once it became apparent that Andy MacPhail wouldn’t remain with the Orioles as president of baseball operations, Tony LaCava’s name began to circulate through Camden Yards and the baseball industry. There’s no question that LaCava has made the first draft of potential replacements for MacPhail. From what I’ve heard, he ranks high on a short list. So who is Tony LaCava? This is a good

MacPhail: “I just thought it was a good time to step back”

Andy MacPhail says he’s too young to retire. He’s not ready to leave baseball for good. But he doesn’t anticipate being a part of it next year, and he most certainly won’t be in the Orioles’ organization. MacPhail said his decision to leave “is really just a function of time.” “It’s not something you really get much of anymore with these GM jobs,” he said

So who replaces MacPhail? (with Angelos statement)

The speculation never stops. It just changes partners. We can stop guessing whether Andy MacPhail is going to leave the organization. It was assumed for weeks - he told people close to him - but the delay raised a few doubts. Now it’s time to round up the candidates. Grow the arms, buy the bats, hire a replacement after 4 1/2 seasons. It’s impossible to

MacPhail leaving organization

A source confirmed tonight that Andy MacPhail no longer will serve as president of baseball operations and is leaving the organization This isn’t a resignation or a firing, despite the wording in some national reports. MacPhail’s contract ends on Oct. 31. MacPhail flew to Florida earlier this week to attend to a family matter. He couldn’t be reached tonight for comment. Family obligations are a

This and that

I couldn’t come up with an “other.” My bad. For anyone who’s still floating the theory that the Orioles are withholding confirmation on Andy MacPhail’s status because teams can’t make announcements during the playoffs, I point you toward the Chicago White Sox, who named Robin Ventura as their new manager yesterday afternoon. The Ventura news came after the Red Sox confirmed that Terry Francona wouldn’t

Quick AFL update

I still see “AFL” and think “American Football League,” though I’m much too young to have followed the sport before the merger. Anyway ... Only one Orioles farmhand, Xavier Avery, had gotten into a game for the Mesa Solar Sox before today, but five of them can be found in this afternoon’s boxscore. Steve Johnson, making his first AFL appearance, tossed three scoreless innings against

Should Jones stay or should he go?

I’m venturing into the great outdoors in a few hours to play tennis and take advantage of this weather before it turns cold and gray and depressing beyond words. I’m not a winter person. (By the way, “The Great Outdoors” is a pretty good flick. It’s worth a rental. And so is “Summer Rental.” Both with John Candy. But I digress ...) I’m going to

Your quick and annoying incremental update

Terry Francona, in an interview earlier today on a Boston radio station, was asked whether he wanted to manage in 2012. “I don’t know,” he replied. “I don’t want to try to manage in the wrong situation.” For everyone asking me whether Francona could wind up in the Orioles’ dugout if Buck Showalter relinquished his duties as manager, I ask you whether this job would

Fox and Patton going in opposite directions

Double-A Bowie’s Xavier Avery, playing left field and batting ninth yesterday for the Mesa Solar Sox in the Arizona Fall League, went 0-for-3 with a walk, run scored and two strikeouts in a 12-8 loss to Phoenix. He was the only Orioles farmhand to appear in the game. I won’t make any promises, but we could find out today whether Andy MacPhail ... OK, I’ll

This, that and the other

I won’t make any promises, but we could find out today whether Andy MacPhail is staying in the organization and being given a different set of responsibilities. Wait, where have I written that before? It’s now apparent that MacPhail is deciding his next move, and perhaps there’s more for him to consider than previously known. We had every indication that he wasn’t going to remain

Hardy named Orioles’ nominee for Hank Aaron Award

Shortstop J.J. Hardy has been selected as the Orioles’ nominee for the 2011 Hank Aaron Award. Fan voting begins today on mlb.com and runs until Oct 9. A winner will be chosen from each league. The winners will be announced during the World Series. A panel of Hall of Famers, led by Aaron, will join fans in voting for the award, which has recognized the

A second look at second base

I won’t make any promises, but we could find out today whether Andy MacPhail is staying in the organization and being given a different set of responsibilities. I’ve been led to believe that the first announcement would clear up MacPhail’s status and the next one would reveal his replacement - whether that’s Buck Showalter or someone else. But it’s possible that the delay has something

Pitching is starting to look like a top priority

In case you missed it, outfielder Felix Pie elected to become a free agent. He can sign with any team. I don’t think the Orioles are near the top of the list. And speaking of lists, the Orioles rank starting pitching first among their priorities this winter. They need a bat in the middle of their lineup. They might need a left fielder, corner infielder,

What should Showalter do?

If you’re looking for manager Buck Showalter today, he’s attending the TCU-SMU football game. A promise he made to his kids. I’m not sure where president of baseball operations Andy MacPhail is hanging out this weekend, but he won’t be making any statements on his future in the organization. Things change quickly around here, but as I wrote yesterday, we probably won’t learn of MacPhail’s

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