Posted on: November 1, 2011 6:04 pm
Edited on: November 1, 2011 7:27 pm
By Evan Brunell
The Orioles' search for a general manager will continue after Blue Jays assistant GM Tony LaCava declined an offer to take over the Orioles.
“I'm working in a great place, a job that I love. It’s just as simple as that," LaCava told the Baltimore Sun by way of explanation."I really, really treasure my relationship with [Toronto] general manager, Alex Anthopoulos, and I really want to see this through with him."
This is a surprise, as Toronto was readying for LaCava's departure. The 50-year-old was meeting Orioles owner Peter Angelos for the first time on Monday, likely discussing the terms of his employment, the Baltimore Sun wrote. The Orioles were not doing a second round of interviews, so the fact LaCava was back in town and meeting with Angelos spoke volumes. He must not have liked what he heard.
Baltimore's GM job is not exactly seen as a plum job in baseball. The O's play in a very difficult division and arguably are the worst team in the division as far as resources are concerned, whether financial, organizationally, or major- and minor-league talent. In addition, Angelos is a meddling owner who still hasn't learned that the O's have struggled since the mid-1990s because of his over-involvement.
LaCava, for his part, tried to deflect that aspect of turning down the job by telling the Sun, “This was about the Toronto Blue Jays more than it is anything about the Orioles. ... They were classy in everything they did."
But this is a man that has waited about a decade for a GM job. There are only 30 GM jobs in the league and the fact LaCava turned down what would be his first GM job speaks volumes.
The O's have only interviewed three other candidates. One was Jerry DiPoto, who was hired as the Angels GM last week. The other two are Baltimore director of player development John Stockstill and Dodgers assistant GM De Jon Watson. The Orioles may re-open the field to interview candidates, especially now that the World Series is over. Stockstill isn't a well-known name and while Watson's name has surfaced in recent seasons as a potential GM candidate, he hasn't been a popular name. LaCava, of the three remaining candidates, was the clear top dog. MASN says Baltimore could interview Rangers' senior director of player personnel, A.J. Preller. Hometown candidate Thad Levine, who is Texas' assistant GM, could also receive consideration.
Unfortunately, it appears things are only backsliding in Baltimore. Ex-GM Andy MacPhail was able to wrest more control from Angelos than any other GM had, and for a while there, it looked like it was paying off. However, the last two years saw the organization stall, if not regress, in its progress and MacPhail chose to leave the organization despite Angelos' attempts for him to stay. The way the process has gone to interview a new GM, it appears as if what power MacPhail had was a one-time thing only and Baltimore is back to looking for someone to do Angelos' bidding.
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Posted on: October 13, 2010 11:36 am
Edited on: October 19, 2010 12:11 pm
Add a couple more names into the pool of candidates for the Blue Jays' managerial position -- Red Sox coaches Tim Bogar and DeMarlo Hale.
According to Sean McAdam of CSNNE.com , Bogar and Hale have "undergone preliminary interviews" with the Blue Jays.
Bogar, third-base coach for the Red Sox, said he met with Toronto GM Alex Anthopoulos and assistant GM Tony LaCava last week for 90 minutes.
"I tried to give them a sense of how I handle people and a ballclub," Bogar told McAdam. "It was kind of a 'get-to-know-me' thing -- who you are and what you're about."
Hale (pictured) was previously the team's third-base coach before moving to bench coach for the 2010 season.
The Jays are apparently trying to set a record for most interviews for a managerial position. The list of those interviewed or set to be interviewed includes Bobby Valentine, Don Baylor, Bob Melvin, Eric Wedge, Ron Roenicke, Luis Rivera, Bruce Butterfield and Nick Leyva.
-- C. Trent Rosecrans
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