Friday, October 7, 2011
Report: Andy MacPhail leaving Orioles
BALTIMORE -- Orioles president of baseball operations Andy MacPhail is moving on after running the front office of his childhood team for four-plus seasons.
A person familiar with the decision told The Associated Press about MacPhail's departure. The person spoke Friday night on condition of anonymity because the Orioles hadn't announced the move.
Baltimore went 69-93 during its 14th consecutive losing season, and MacPhail's contract expires on Oct. 31.
MacPhail took the job in June 2007 with the intention of bringing his favorite team growing up back into prominence. He made several moves that paid off, acquiring shortstop J.J. Hardy, outfielder Adam Jones and All-Star catcher Matt Wieters, but Baltimore was hurt by its inexperienced pitching staff while trying to navigate the tough AL East.
MacPhail was president of the Chicago Cubs from 1994-2006, also serving as general manager from July 2000 to July 2002. He was general manager of the Minnesota Twins from 1985-94, helping the team win World Series titles in 1987 and 1991.
His father, Hall of Famer Lee MacPhail, was Orioles general manager from 1958-65 and also was GM of the New York Yankees and president of the American League. Andy's grandfather, Hall of Famer Larry MacPhail, brought night games to the major leagues while with the Cincinnati Reds in 1935 and was chief executive of the Brooklyn Dodgers and the Yankees.
Andy MacPhail's departure wasn't a surprise, and there was talk manager Buck Showalter could move into the front office.