With Mike Barnicle, Mike Shalin and Jonah Keri checking in.
But as the days lengthen and the regular season beckons, members of the national media wonder whether the bear-like Duquette hasn’t spent the winter hibernating, at least when it comes to acquiring major league-ready talent.
“If I was a fan, I’d be very upset,” Keri said. “The Orioles should have a $200 million payroll. They might be making $100 million off of MASN alone. It’s ridiculous and an outrage that [owner] Peter Angelos lines his pockets instead of putting the money back into the team. But just look at the Rays. They’re as handcuffed by money as the Orioles, and they went out and made the Wil Myers deal.”
Remind Duquette of this and his reputation begins to leak out. When told that oddsmakers and pundits were saying the largely unimproved team was unlikely to break the .500 mark, he let out a slow, intimidating bellow of a laugh.
“Are they the same people who said we’d finish in fifth place last year?” Duquette said. “Or that we only had a 5 percent chance in August of making the playoffs?”
He went on to tout the defensive prowess of light-hitting first baseman Travis Ishikawa, claimed off waivers, and the versatility of backup outfielder Trayvon Robinson. Duquette’s approach, here in Baltimore, the bargain basement of major league baseball, is to favor quantity instead of proven quality. If Russ Canzler, Lew Ford, Steve Pearce or Danny Valencia can hang with the big club, why spend more money?
Posted: March 18, 2013 at 05:02 AM | 16 comment(s)
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