Some day, the Orioles will find a general manager. It won't be Allard Baird.
Baird said Friday night that he has decided against interviewing for the job, and will instead remain with the Red Sox. He cited his strong relationship with new Sox general manager Ben Cherington as the main factor in his decision. Baird has been heavily involved in the Red Sox' search for a new manager to replace Terry Francona.
Baird's decision is great news for the Red Sox, and especially for Cherington, who as a first-time GM will benefit from having an experienced baseball man at his side. Baird, a former GM with the Royals, is very highly respected in baseball circles.
The decision is another blow to the Orioles, who were turned down by Tony LaCava, saw Jerry Dipoto accept the Angels job, were denied permission to talk to Mike Radcliff, watched DeJon Watson pull out of the running, and have seen any number of other executives signal a lack of interest in even pursuing the job that Andy MacPhail left at the end of the season.
The Orioles have interviewed former Expos and Red Sox GM Dan Duquette, and are expected to interview Yankees scouting director Damon Oppenheimer. Earlier, they interviewed John Stockstill, an internal candidate who was believed to have had just a courtesy interview, and Scott Proefrock, the Phillies assistant GM.
Baird said he would still like to have another shot as a GM. But despite long ties to Orioles manager Buck Showalter, who he once interviewed as a possible Royals skipper, Baird decided to pass on this one.
Cherington has shown an interest in expanding Baird's responsibilities with the Red Sox. The Sox have been looking to hire another experienced baseball man, and offered a job to Larry Corrigan before Corrigan chose instead to go work with Dipoto with the Angels.