Saturday, October 6, 2007
Jim Duquette quit his front-office job with the Baltimore Orioles yesterday, although he still wants to remain in the game.
Duquette's responsibilities as vice president of baseball operations diminished greatly since June, when the Orioles hired Andy MacPhail as president of baseball operations.
"I felt it was in the organization's best interest as well as my own to start fresh somewhere else," Duquette said in a statement the team released.
"I'm grateful for the opportunities the Orioles have provided. I think it's important for me personally and professionally to continue to develop and to look at opportunities elsewhere."
The Orioles ended their 10th consecutive losing season Sunday with a 69-93 record and a fourth-place finish in the American League East, 27 games behind first-place Boston.
Duquette worked 14 of his first 15 seasons in professional baseball with the New York Mets. He began in their minor league and scouting departments, rising to the general manager's job in June 2003, when Steve Phillips was dismissed. He was a key member of a front office that drafted David Wright and Jose Reyes, two of the team's biggest stars.
He spent 15 months as New York's GM before being replaced by Omar Minaya on Sept. 30, 2004. Duquette worked the following season as the team's senior vice president of baseball operations.
Duquette joined the Orioles in October 2005 to work under Executive Vice President Mike Flanagan.
"I appreciate the work that Jim has done here, and I also understand his decision to resign," MacPhail said in the team news release. "Jim wants to continue his career with a different organization, which I understand. I wish him well."
-- From News Services