View Full Version : Thrift Gone?
12-16-2001, 09:36 PM
The Sporting News
Orioles owner Peter Angelos finally appears close to replacing vice president of baseball operations Syd Thrift. Orioles officials noted a cooling in the Angelos-Thrift relationship at a gathering before the winter meetings, and Angelos has served as de facto G.M., vetoing trades. The question is: Who would the Orioles hire at this late stage of the offseason. Would Angelos seek a bright young executive or turn to Oriole-turned-broadcaster Mike Flanagan? . . .
If this happens Angelos won't have anyone to blame for his insane Marty Cordova signing.
12-16-2001, 09:41 PM
His kids are running the team, personnel-wise, all along. What he should do is, hire Zippy the Chimp as G.M.
This way, when his kids made another stupid player move, he can qualify the move by saying "Well, it's still not a bad move for a chimp."
12-17-2001, 07:57 PM
Right now, Orioles fans (including me) should be very, very afraid.... as much as I know the Thrift/Angelos combo isn't working, I'm fearful of who will be his replacement. Even if Angelos is lucky enough to get someone good (slight chance) most likely he'll scare him/her away like history has shown.
12-17-2001, 09:54 PM
Originally posted by Surhofffan
I'm fearful of who will be his replacement.Maybe Angelos will pull a Jerry Jones & GM the team himself with his 2 roto-geek sons.(I am not ripping roto-geeks in any way.)
12-17-2001, 09:56 PM
may be out of a job, you can have him. Buyer beware!:p
12-17-2001, 10:06 PM
Originally posted by hmrsf
may be out of a job, you can have him. Buyer beware!:p His only saving grace is getting rid of Carl and perhaps getting Ubie Urbina in July. Any fans whose team hires him should just turn in their baseball gear and sell their season tickets.
12-17-2001, 10:38 PM
Originally posted by Yogi#8Fan
His only saving grace is getting rid of Carl and perhaps getting Ubie Urbina in July. Any fans whose team hires him should just turn in their baseball gear and sell their season tickets.
Yogi, not to single you out but:rant: .....you just touched on my all time greatest pet peeve (yes that is spelled correctly).
Why is it that nonseason ticket holders (I may be wrong about you Yogi)feel the need to tell season ticket holders what to do with their tickets.
My seats are MINE! Not Dan's, they are MINE! I f I want to see a crappy game for the rest of my home Sat/Sun/Holiday/Opening day for the rest of my natural life I will. Most SS ticket holders are not that fickle. And further more, for people who do not own their own seats......get your own and turn/burn/discard or whatever you wish to your seats......leave mine out of it.
Other than that, I agree with the rest of Yogi's post.
:p :p :p
12-17-2001, 11:44 PM
My post said "whose team hires him" meaning a team other than Boston, which already has him on the payroll. As to yourself, do what you please w/the tix but I sure as heck wouldn't want him in the Bronx and don't know anyone else wanting him. To each their own.
12-17-2001, 11:58 PM
Can't turn my back on some of you for a minute, can I? :shakehd:
12-21-2001, 06:59 PM
Saw this in Bob Nightengale's USATBBW column this week - - very sad.
No one was mocked more at the winter meetings than Thrift. There were so many stories circulating about Thrift that it was nearly impossible to separate fact from fiction.
One GM heard that Thrift asked Blue Jays GM J.P. Ricciardi whether outfielder Shawn Green was available. He was traded two years ago.
Several executives heard that Thrift told his front-office staff after a meeting with the Blue Jays that he was confident they could acquire outfielder Shannon Stewart.
He was reminded that they were discussing Raul Mondesi.
That's not even mentioning the Rule 5 draft in which the Orioles exposed their top prospect, outfielder Keith Reed, and former No. 1 pick Darnell McDonald.
Now you know why Thrift, according to several baseball officials, is expected to have his GM duties stripped before spring training.
12-21-2001, 07:42 PM
Thrift wasn't too bad when he was running the Pirates some years ago. Guess senility has set in.
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