Tag:Allard Baird
Posted on: November 3, 2011 6:42 pm

Report: Orioles zero in on four GM candidates

By Matt Snyder

The Baltimore Orioles are going to interview four more candidates for the vacant general manager job, and hope to land their new GM from those four, reports Dan Connolley of the Baltimore Sun. The names: Dan Duquette, Damon Oppenheimer, Mike Radcliff and Allard Baird (Connolley).

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Duquette was the Expos' GM for a few seasons before being the Red Sox GM from 1994 through March of 2002. He hasn't worked in Major League Baseball since then.

Oppenheimer is the current vice president and director of amateur scouting for the Yankees.

Radcliff was the Twins' director of scouting from 1994-2007 and has been their vice president of player personnel since.

Baird was the Royals' GM from 2000-2006 and is currently employed in the Red Sox front office.

According to Connolley's reports, the Orioles won't seek permission to interview anyone else unless all four candidates either turn down the job are aren't deemed worthy of being hired.

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Posted on: October 11, 2011 7:19 pm
Edited on: October 12, 2011 5:35 am

If Theo's out, new BoSox GM must come from inside

Cherington, Hoyer, Lucchino

By Evan Brunell

A report has revealed that Red Sox GM Theo Epstein is expected to join the Cubs as GM by Oct. 13. While roadblocks still remain, such as what type of compensation the Red Sox will receive for letting Epstein out of his contract, it's time to take a look ahead at who could potentially step into Epstein's large shoes in Boston.

With Epstein's departure, you can certainly bet on team president Larry Lucchino gaining more power in baseball operations after losing it due to a much-publicized clash with Epstein in October 2005 that briefly saw the GM leave his position as Red Sox GM. In Epstein's absence back in 2005, Lucchino tabbed assistant GMs Ben Cherington and Jed Hoyer as co-GMs in Epstein's stead, and Lucchino needs to make a similar move this time around. (Photo: Cherington, Hoyer, Lucchino from left to right in 2005.)

There are really only two clear candidates for the GM job internally -- that being Cherington and assistant to the GM Allard Baird, who formerly ran the ship in Kansas City. Boston needs to stay internal because the internal processes Epstein set up are the reason why the Red Sox have become a powerhouse and a player-development machine. That was the strength of Epstein, thanks to his hours of experience in player development and maximizing resources in San Diego. What Epstein pulled off top-to-bottom in the organization can not only not be ignored, but must be carried through. Who better than Cherington or Baird to see that process through?

Cherington actually precedes Epstein in Boston, hired by the Red Sox in 1999 by then-GM Dan Duquette after serving as an advance scout for the Indians. Throughout his time in Boston, Cherington has gained a reputation for being similar to Epstein in that he understands and embraces the value of statistical analysis, but also realizes the value of scouts -- one would certainly hope so given his background in that area.
Cherington spoke more about the blend of stats and scouting earlier this season to MLB Trade Rumors:
You can blend appropriately information from those two extremes. Depending on the player and the circumstances, you may lean more on one than the other. Obviously if you’re evaluating a 16-year-old in the Dominican, you don’t have a lot of hard performance history, so you’re going to rely more on subjective evaluation. 

As you get closer to the big leagues, the more performance history you have and the more you can incorporate that into the projection for the player. And you factor in other information like their health, contract situation, etc. 

That’s what Theo strove for from the very get-go. From the day he took the general manager’s job, he did not want the Red Sox to be a quantitative-driven baseball ops department, he didn’t want it to be a subjective, traditional scouting-driven baseball operations department, he wanted to do both.

However, Lucchino may prefer a GM who doesn't consider Epstein his "mentor," given the clashes Epstein and Lucchino had. When Epstein resigned back in 2005, Lucchino seemed eager to interview Jim Beattie for the opening, a former failed Expos and Orioles GM that hasn't gotten any whispers of returning to a GM job since. That doesn't make one terribly optimistic about Lucchino's ability to judge a viable GM moving forward, but Baird may provide the perfect blend for Lucchino.

Baird, 12 years Epstein's senior, was also a failed GM like Beattie in Kansas City, but many in the game don't hold it against him as it has since come to light that he was handcuffed by owner David Glass in many of his errors. Some of Baird's notable disasters in K.C. include trading away Johnny Damon, Carlos Beltran and Jermaine Dye for minimal return. But since being with the Sox, he's worn many hats and has been one of Epstein's most trusted confidantes.

Unlike Boston's managerial search, which could benefit from an outside voice, Boston needs to stay internal with the GM search. While Epstein may not have fared well lately in Boston, he set up the right model and has the right people in place to sustain a winning atmosphere in Boston.

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Posted on: October 21, 2010 5:22 pm

Mets conclude first round of GM interviews

The first round of GM interviews is complete, and the Mets will now focus on narrowing the pool of candidates.

Sandy Alderson remains the heavy favorite, as he had a well-publicized second interview that the Mets termed a continuation of the first. Alderson has years of GM experience under his belt and currently works for MLB.

His competition is Red Sox special assistant to the GM Allard Baird, White Sox assistant GM Rick Hahn, ex-Diamondbacks GM Josh Byrnes, Dodgers assistant GM Logan White and Blue Jays assistant GM Dana Brown.

"As you may know, earlier today we completed the initial round of interviews with six talented candidates to become the new general manager of the New York Mets," COO Jeff Wilpon wrote in an e-mail to fans.. "Each was extremely impressive -- Allard Baird, Rick Hahn, Josh Byrnes, Sandy Alderson, Logan White and Dana Brown. All reiterated their desire and interest in pursuing this opportunity. We will be in direct communication with each as we narrow the candidate pool by early next week. We subsequently will invite the leading candidates back to meet with Fred [Wilpon], Saul [Katz] and me."

-- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: October 18, 2010 6:04 pm
Edited on: October 19, 2010 11:21 am

Alderson returning to New York

The New York Times has an update on the Mets' general manager search. In short, Sandy Alderson is headed back to Citi Field to interview with the Mets brass, but it's not a "second interview," instead, it's to complete the first interview. And then maybe he'll have a second interview.

Anyway, according to the article, the "second interview" will be a meeting with owner Fred Wilpon and team president Saul Katz. There's no word on who will get those golden tickets and if there's a "third interview" with Mr. Met and Keith Hernandez's mustache after that before heading to the speed round.

The Times adds the Mets have gotten permission to speak to Dana Brown, a special assistant to Blue Jays GM Alex Anthopoulos. BRown will meet Wednesday with chief operating officer Jeff Wilpon and assistant GM John Ricco.

Alderson is considered by most as the front-runner for the job. In addition to Brown and Alderson, Logan White, Rick Hahn, Josh Byrnes and Allard Baird have interviewed for the gig.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: October 12, 2010 2:25 pm
Edited on: October 19, 2010 12:21 pm

Dodgers' White to interview for Mets GM job

According to folks in Los Angeles, Dodgers assistant general manager Logan White is interviewing for the Mets' general manager position.

ESPNLosAngeles' Tony Jackson was the first to report White would interview on Friday, but then the New York Daily News refuted that report , saying the interview was only to be a scout. However, since then, MLB.com and the Los Angeles Times have also reported White will interview for the GM job.

White's two-year contract expires this year, but he has reached an agreement with the team on a new deal, according to the Times .

White interviewed for the Diamondbacks GM position that went to Kevin Towers. He also interviewed for the Astros GM job in 2007.

White will be the fifth person to interview with the Mets, along with Sandy Alderson, Rick Hahn, Josh Byrnes and Allard Baird.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: October 11, 2010 4:34 pm
Edited on: October 19, 2010 12:21 pm

Mets to interview four for GM job

The Mets will begin interviews for their general manager position this week, the New York Post 's Dan Martin reports .

Sandy Alderson has already told reporters he's scheduled an interview. A team official also told the Post the team will also interview White Sox assistant GM Rick Hahn, former Royals GM Allard Baird and former Arizona GM Josh Byrnes.

However, the Post also reports more people could be added to the interview list.

UPDATE: Andy McCullough of the Star-Ledger tweets Baird interviewed today, Hahn will interview tomorrow, Byrnes Wednesday and Alderson on Thursday or Friday.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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