Orioles' Peter Angelos Ceding More Team Control To Sons
Virtually every level of the Orioles organization is "in flux, and some with the club believe the ongoing transformation will leave the franchise in a better place," according to sources cited by Ken Rosenthal of THE ATHLETIC. Orioles Chair & CEO Peter Angelos, who turns 89 on July 4, is "less involved than at any point in his tenure, which began" in '93. Angelos has "not appeared regularly at his law office, his principal workplace, since around the first of the year." Angelos’ sons, Exec VP & COO John Angelos and Ownership Representative Lou Angelos, are "taking a more active role in the operation of the club, accelerating the decision-making process while methodically gathering information about each department." Orioles VP/Baseball Operations Brady Anderson "continues to assume significant responsibility," while Exec VP/Baseball Operations Dan Duquette "appears to be losing influence." Anderson, not Duquette, was the "point man in the signings" of free-agent Ps Andrew Cashner, Chris Tillman and Alex Cobb. Angelos’ sons have "been involved with the Orioles for some time, but concerns exist in the industry about their ability to run a franchise." Neither son is a "seasoned baseball executive." Peter Angelos was "always the dominant force in the organization, ceding little responsibility." The Orioles’ recent "introduction of their innovative 'Kids Cheer Free' program is viewed by some as the type of idea that Peter Angelos never would have implemented, fearing a loss of revenue" (THEATHLETIC.com, 4/13).