O's promote Flanagan, reportedly to keep Perlozzo
BALTIMORE -- Mike Flanagan will replace Jim Beattie as the Baltimore Orioles' executive vice president for baseball operations, a move that puts the former Cy Young award winner in charge of ending the team's run of eight straight losing seasons.
The announcement was made Tuesday, one day after Orioles owner Peter Angelos dismissed Beattie as the team's executive vice president. Beattie has been offered a position to remain with the organization as a consultant.
Flanagan's promotion likely means that interim manager Sam Perlozzo will get a chance to manage the team in 2006, according to The Baltimore Sun.
"Sam has done a good job for this organization for a long time," Angelos told the newspaper. "He is a solid baseball man. He has a great personality and is a very committed baseball professional."
The Orioles will now seek a top assistant to Flanagan, The Sun reported. The New York Mets have given senior vice president of baseball operations Jim Duquette permission to talk to the Orioles about a position in their front office.
Tim Wilken, the Devil Rays' special assistant to the general manager, is reportedly another candidate.
Beattie and Flanagan were hired as a tandem on Dec. 4, 2002, to replace Syd Thrift. Flanagan, who received the title of vice president of baseball operations, and Beattie served as co-general managers, finding talent, stocking the farm system and hiring the manager and coaches.
Flanagan has been involved with the Orioles for all but five years since being drafted and signed in 1973. He was 167-143 with a 3.90 ERA in 18 major league seasons with the Orioles and Toronto Blue Jays, including a 141-116 mark over 15 seasons with the Orioles.
He won the American League Cy Young Award in 1979, when he went 23-9 with a 3.08 ERA to help Baltimore reach the World Series.
Flanagan is the first winner of that award to oversee a major league team's baseball operations, according to the Orioles.
Flanagan, 53, will receive an assistant in the weeks ahead. His first decision -- one that no doubt will be influenced by Angelos -- will be to decide whether to bring back interim manager Sam Perlozzo, who took over after Lee Mazzilli was fired on Aug. 4.
During their three-year run together, Beattie and Flanagan failed to pull the Orioles out of their club-record run of losing seasons. 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 in 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 drunken 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.
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.
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