No folks, the story isn’t going away. FOX Sports’ Jon Morosi tweeted Monday morning that the Toronto Blue Jays are still working with Major League Baseball to hire Baltimore Orioles VP of Baseball Operations Dan Duquette as their CEO.
Then, ESPN’s Buster Olney followed Morosi’s report with a question I keep asking myself:
Have heard this from other teams: Why is MLB pushing Toronto's pursuit of Dan Duquette, who is under contract with the Orioles?
— Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) January 19, 2015
You may remember that back in December when rumors first started circulating that Toronto was looking for Paul Beeston’s replacement as CEO that Twins long-time GM Terry Ryan was also rumored to be a candidate for the job. Ryan quickly quickly dismissed his interest in the opening according to TwinCities.com:
[quote_box_center]”I’m very humbled to hear my name was thrown in that thing, but you don’t have to worry about me going to Toronto,” Ryan said. “I’m telling you that I’m a GM, I’m a baseball guy. I’m not real sure the business side of the profession is anything that I’m qualified for. I don’t think I have the skill set to do that.”[/quote_box_center]
Monday, The Baltimore Sun’s Dan Connolly spoke with Duquette, whose comments continue to leave open the possibility of him leaving Baltimore.
“At this point, there really is nothing to say on the issue,” Duquette told Connolly over the phone. “I don’t have a comment on the issue you want to talk about.”
[quote_box_center]“I will talk about it when the time is appropriate,” he said.
Asked if he had an idea of a timeline as to when he may speak publicly on his employment status, he said simply, “I don’t.”[/quote_box_center]
Hopefully it’ll be soon. If the Orioles need to hire another General Manager, you would like them to do so quickly.