Perlozzo, Flanagan uncertain of return
BALTIMORE -- Jim Beattie won't return in 2006 as executive vice president of the Baltimore Orioles, a move that could signify the beginning of wide-ranging shakeup in the wake of the team's eighth straight losing season.
Beattie told people Monday at a charity golf outing in the Baltimore area that he would not be back. His contract expires at the end of this month.
There was no word on the status of vice president Mike Flanagan, who worked with Beattie in the Orioles' front office. It was also uncertain whether the Orioles would retain interim manager Sam Perlozzo, who took over for manager Lee Mazzilli on Aug. 4.
Phone calls from The Associated Press to Orioles owner Peter Angelos, Beattie and Perlozzo were not immediately returned.
The owner told The (Baltimore) Sun that Flanagan would assume Beattie's title as executive vice president of baseball operations on Nov. 1. Beattie has been offered a job as a consultant but has not told the team whether he would accept.
Beattie and Flanagan were hired as a tandem on Dec. 4, 2002, to replace Syd Thrift. Beattie was appointed executive vice president of baseball operations, and Flanagan received the title of vice president of baseball operations.
Their job, akin to that of a general manager, included finding talent, stocking the farm system and hiring the manager and coaches.
Their best acquisition was signing shortstop Miguel Tejada to a six-year contract in December 2003. But the duo also hired Mazzilli, who was dismissed last August after the Orioles lost 16 of 18 in the middle of second season, and acquired Sammy Sosa, who hit only .221 with 14 homers and 45 RBI.
Beattie and Flanagan failed to secure a solid starting pitcher before the 2005 season, a shortcoming that went uncorrected through the July 31 non-waiver deadline. They were also responsible for giving Sidney Ponson a three-year, $22.5 million contract in January 2004.
Ponson went 11-15 in 2004 and was 7-11 with a 6.21 ERA this season before the Orioles terminated his contract in September after he was charged with drunk driving for the second time this year.
Beattie pitched in the majors for nine years and served as vice president and general manager of the Montreal Expos from 1995 through 2001. Before that, he was the Seattle Mariners' director of player development.
News of his dismissal was first reported by WMAR-TV.
Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press
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