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Andy MacPhail to leave after the season

While Andy MacPhail didn't have much success since joining the Orioles the only thing replacing him might do is send the team into another rebuild.

Some fans might sing “Hallelujah” and some might wonder “well then what’s next?” but it appears that when this season is finished, so is Andy MacPhail’s stint as the Oriole’s president of baseball operations.

According to USA Today two high-ranking Orioles officials said MacPahil plans to leave the organization after his contract expires on Oct. 31 and he will not pursue an extension. The officials are not authorized to discuss the decision publicly because it is not official.

MacPhail joined the Orioles in 2007 and was thought to be the savior to turn the organization around but it clearly has not happened and the team is only three losses away from their 14th consecutive losing season.

A lot of the blame of the Orioles continued woes has been put on MacPhail. He came into the organization with a plan to “grow the arms and buy the bats” but the arms haven’t grown and he’s only bought bats of players at the end of their career. But there is one thing you can say: he did have a strategy and he did stick to it.

While there was almost no improvement with MacPhail another change is a risky move. MacPhail did get some good players on the roster – Adam Jones, Matt Wieters, J.J. Hardy, Brian Matusz, Chris Tillman, Jake Arrieta, Mark Reynolds – and he added them all for certain reasons so they could fit in a system that he planned out and by changing general managers that system is likely going to change and those players may no longer fit in, meaning another rebuilding process in on the way.

The Orioles may not have been particularly good but they did have a lot of youth, especially with pitching, that had a lot to do with their woes and time may have really helped. But in this game time is not something you get. MacPhail had five seasons to get things going in Baltimore but it never happened.

Buck Showalter, who is expected to have an influential voice in the decision for MacPhail’s replacement, said he is not interested in the job.

Early rumors say that the Orioles are interested in New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman, whose contract expires after the season. Other names that have been thrown out are Oakland’s Billy Beane and Boston’s Theo Epstein.

One possible explanation for MacPhail’s apparent decision to leave at the end of the season could be a future as the commissioner of Major League Baseball. In 2009 Bud Selig announced that he plans to retire when his contract expires at the end of the 2012 season. Soon after he announced that MacPhail’s name was thrown around as a possible replacement; he’s a baseball guy and has a deep history with the game. By signing a multi-year contract to serve as the Orioles president of baseball operations he might limit his opportunity to move up and take control of the league.

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Corey Johns

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You could say Corey was born to become a sports journalist. His father won a national championship coaching college soccer. His mother is a baseball fanatic who hasn't missed seeing an Orioles game since 1983 (literally, sometimes it's annoying). His great uncle was a big-time boxing promoter and his maternal grandfather was once a department head at the Baltimore Sun. Basically, sports and journalism run through his blood. He played just about every little league sports there was when he was a kid and was a multi-sport athlete in high school; even playing in the first-ever high school sanction Rugby game in the country. Eventually he retired from sports as an undefeated Maryland state Rugby champion as a high school senior. Perhaps lack of athletic talent has more to do with the retirement, but he will tell you that it more had to do with a great desire to jump right into media. Upon his graduation from University of Maryland, Baltimore County as a triple communications major, Corey started the So Much Sports network and has continued to grow his websites and continues to work to make them premier sports media outlets.

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