MacPhail joins Orioles front office
Former Cubs exec named president of baseball operations
BALITMORE -- Just two days after dismissing manager Sam Perlozzo, Baltimore has begun the process of making a series of upper-level changes.The Orioles hired Andy MacPhail as its president of baseball operations on Wednesday. MacPhail, 54, who was a integral part of two World Series championships in Minnesota, will fill the position vacated last month when Joe Foss resigned to accept a position with a Baltimore-based developer of retirement communities. Foss' background was concentrated on business and finance, but MacPhail comes from a family of famed baseball minds and said he will be very involved with personnel moves and the final on-field product. "I'm absolutely responsible for baseball operations," MacPhail said in a press conference. "I like one voice. I like simplicity. I'm looking for all the help I can get, but at the end of the day, I have to believe that it's the right thing. I have to say, 'This is the best thing for the Baltimore Orioles.'" Much of the familiarity between MacPhail and Orioles' owner Peter Angelos stems from them working together on labor negotiations in 2002 and 2006. MacPhail said he spoke with Angelos on several occasions over the past few months, and was offered the position on Saturday. "Peter Angelos has entrusted me to run his baseball operations," he said. "I've known Peter since 2002 and I've never seen him do anything he didn't say he was going to do. I probably have the benefit of knowing Peter in a baseball context better than anyone in the game. I think Peter has a level of comfort with me as a human being and he's seen me in a different environment. I've always liked him and admired him." The close relationship with Angelos isn't the only tie MacPhail has with the city of Baltimore. MacPhail moved to Baltimore in 1958 when he was five and stayed for eight years while his father, Hall of Fame executive Lee MacPhail, ran the Orioles from 1958 to 1965. Lee is credited with building the Orioles' first title team in 1966, though he left for the New York Yankees before the 1966 season. MacPhail's grandfather, Larry, is also enshrined in the Hall of Fame for his contributions to the game, and the family has a road bearing its name in Bel Air, Md. "The first team I ever rooted for as a kid never leaves you," MacPhail said after he stepped away from the podium. "It's like your first kiss -- you always remember. This is what I want to do and this is what I want to focus on."
|"What I'd like to achieve here, other than the obvious, win a lot of games and go to the World Series, is I think it's important to try to develop a team that has a character in it. The Orioles had their 'Oriole Way.' And we need to find ours."|
|-- Andy MacPhail|
Geremy Bass is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.