Orioles Hire Duquette as GM After Nine-Year Break From Baseball

Nov. 7 (Bloomberg) -- The Baltimore Orioles hired Dan Duquette as general manager, a position he filled with the Montreal Expos and Boston Red Sox before leaving Major League Baseball in 2002.

Duquette will be introduced as GM and executive vice president of baseball operations at a press conference tomorrow, the Orioles said today on their Twitter feed. The 53-year-old Duquette will replace Andy MacPhail, who stepped down last month.

The Orioles haven’t had a winning record in 14 years. They started 6-1 last season and finished 69-93, last in the American League East division.

Duquette served as GM of the Red Sox from 1994 to 2002, with Boston reaching the playoffs three times and advancing past the opening round in 1999. The team had a winning record in all but two years under Duquette and snapped an 86-year World Series Championship drought in 2004, with a team largely comprised of his signings.

Duquette acquired outfielder Manny Ramirez and pitcher Tim Wakefield via free agency, and traded for catcher Jason Varitek and pitchers Derek Lowe and Pedro Martinez. He also drafted shortstop Nomar Garciaparra (first round, 1994), pitcher Carl Pavano (13th round, 1994), infielder David Eckstein (19th round, 1997), first baseman Kevin Youkilis (eighth round, 2001) and pitcher Jon Lester (second round, 2002).

Duquette served as general manager with the Expos from 1991 to 1994, signing future nine-time All-Star outfielder Vladimir Guerrero as an amateur free agent and traded Delino DeShields to the Los Angeles Dodgers for a 22-year-old Martinez, who won a Cy Young Award with the team in 1997 before Duquette brought him to Boston.

Duquette served as director of baseball operations for the Israeli Baseball League after being fired by the Red Sox in 2002. His cousin, Jim Duquette, was general manager of the New York Mets in 2004 and vice president of baseball operations with the Orioles in 2005 and 2006.

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