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REPORT: Orioles Part Ways with GM Dan Duquette

October 04, 2018 - 8:39 am

By Austin Medina  

Shortly after news broke of the decision for skipper Buck Showalter to not return, the Orioles made another move Wednesday afternoon.

According to Ken Rosenthal, the O’s fired General Manager Dan Duquette in lieu of the team’s 115 losses. The move gives Baltimore the opportunity for new leadership moving forward.

Duquette’s tenure started off strong with the Orioles, helping the team amass three playoff berths. The O’s produced 13 straight losing seasons before Duquette arrived in 2011. For the next five season, the Orioles played .500 ball or better, including four winning seasons.

The past two seasons have been chaotic in Baltimore. The team reached an all-time low this year, as they struggled mightily posting a record of 47-115. Duquette did right by trading players in exchange for prospects to build the farm system moving forward.

With Duquette gone, the Orioles will have the number 1 pick in the 2019 draft and a much solid farm system then in years prior. Players such as Cedric Mullins, Austin Hays, and DJ Stewart should give fans some hope for the long-term future.

As the Orioles have moved on from the former two-time executive of the year, finding a good fit at both GM and manager will be key to the short-term future of the ball club. A huge question is "who now speaks for the organization"? Without Buck Showalter, and now Duquette, it's interesting to see who will make the decisions going forward. 

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