Orioles Considering Several GM Candidates

The Orioles have assembled a list of six candidates to be their next general manager, according to ESPN.com's Buster Olney. Josh Byrnes of the Padres, Gerry Hunsicker of the Rays, J.P. Ricciardi of the Mets, Thad Levine of the Rangers, Tony LaCava of the Blue Jays and Dan Jennings of the Marlins are considered possible successors to president of baseball operations Andy MacPhail, according to Olney.

The Orioles are forming a panel to interview the candidates, Olney writes. Others may enter the mix for the position, which MacPhail announced he will not be returning to

Manager Buck Showalter and owner Peter Angelos are expected to meet tomorrow to discuss candidates, according to Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun (Twitter link). Connolly notes that the Orioles haven't asked for permission to interview anyone at this point and suggests that the club won't consider more than five candidates.

Hunsicker recently told Murray Chass that he'll listen if a team expresses interest in him as a GM, but he doesn't sound eager to leave the Rays. "This is a unique situation," he said. "This means a whole lot more to me than running a baseball team under less than ideal circumstances.” Ricciardi told Brian Costa of the Wall Street Journal that he'd listen if the Orioles contact him (Twitter link).

Connolly suggests former Reds GM Wayne Krivsky, Yankees scouting director Damon Oppenheimer, Phillies assistant GM Scott Proefrock and Rangers senior director of player development Scott Servais are also possible candidates. For more information on GM Candidates in MLB, check out our list.


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29 Comments on "Orioles Considering Several GM Candidates"


3 years 10 months ago

No dipoto?  Sigh.  Thad Levine please.  If not then Byrnes or Lacava.  Sigh.

3 years 10 months ago

As long as they don’t Hunsicker away from the rays, I’m pretty good with any of the choices, except Ricciardi.

Rabbitov
3 years 10 months ago

Ricciardi has to be a joke. 

3 years 10 months ago

Please jesus no.

3 years 10 months ago

Please jesus no.

Lunchbox45
3 years 10 months ago

for your sake i hope it is .

Thomas
3 years 10 months ago

Does it matter?  I think Angelos just wants to keep up the illusion of “progress” by replacing managers and GMs every three years.  The real problems in this organization are much much deeper than that and probably require a complete restaffing of the Minor League teams, and scouting departments.

bacboris
3 years 10 months ago

and ownership

aa
3 years 10 months ago

Please please please please please please please please not Ricciardi.  Please please please please please please

ellisburks
3 years 10 months ago

We get it, you like Ricciardi.

3 years 10 months ago

Now how the heck does Buster Olney know anymore than Dan Connolly of the Sun?
Angelos doesn’t talk to the press and I doubt Showalter would talk to Olney first!

Buster why don’t you cover what Theo Epstein is doing instead of the Orioles?

PS I don’t think Showalter has any ties to those candidates listed. The next GM has to have some understanding on how to deal with Showalter. That would make sense to me

3 years 10 months ago

I would talk to Buster first.

3 years 10 months ago

I would talk to Buster first.

Hermie13
3 years 10 months ago

Mark Shapiro?

I don’t think he’d leave his job as President of the Indians to go to Baltimore…but it makes some sense.

Shapiro has ties to the Baltimore area (dad is an agent and started there).  Was friends with Hank Peters.  Still talks about his love of the Orioles growing up.  He also has worked with Buck Showalter.  Showalter worked as a special assistant to Shapiro a few years ago.

There were reports that Shapiro would be interested in the Cubs job possibly. He’d have deeper pockets in Baltimore than he had in Cleveland….

Wouldn’t bet on it, but crazier things have happened.

3 years 10 months ago

Hermie, that doesn’t sound half bad and Shapiro went to the Gilman School which is another Baltimore connection. Plus, the fact he’s a History Man (degree), I love history!
Hermie, this is the best idea that I have heard from someone else all day!
Although, I would be very surprised if Mark would want to leave the Indians. They are starting to come together, then again so are the Orioles. Although a bit more slowly.

3 years 10 months ago

uhh Buster used to be a beat writer for the Sun. and, he gets like every scoop in baseball

snowbladerp14
3 years 10 months ago

i know i am just saying this and will always be a Os fan but if ricciardi is hired i am done lol

Steven Jones
3 years 10 months ago

I was thinking the same thing about Ricciardi

BVHjays
3 years 10 months ago

Go JP! We’re rooting for you in Toronto!

3 years 10 months ago

Haha Riccardi set back your franchise for years.You should be thankful you have a good GM and a bright future

3 years 10 months ago

yea, he sure showed us know-nothings how this baseball game works.

Lunchbox45
3 years 10 months ago

As a Jay fan, I hope Ricciardi  get its…

As an oriole supporter I hope he’s hired as a usher

3 years 10 months ago

At least that way he wouldn’t be on TV anymore.

Rabbitov
3 years 10 months ago

“As an oriole supporter I hope he’s hired as a usher

This is how we went from enemy-ish to friend-ish. 

MetsFanXXIII
3 years 10 months ago

Ricciardi doesn’t need to be an usher, he’s an assistant to the GM, even though he likes to tell people he’s really Assistant GM.

Lunchbox45
3 years 10 months ago

ha. 

3 years 10 months ago

LaCava LaCava LaCava

3 years 10 months ago

Ricciardi makes sense. He would follow in the footsteps of Gregg, Accardo, Jo-Jo Reyes, Blue Jays rejects who have gone onto even worse things in Baltimore.

harvman29
3 years 10 months ago

Tell Angelos to sell the team already and start from scratch.  The Os have the worst minor league system, and it has to be more than a coincidence that they kill every young pitcher who has any promise!