Jim Duquette, the vice president of baseball operations for the Baltimore Orioles announced today that he is resigning from the organization to allow him “a start fresh somewhere else.” (read The Biz of Baseball interview with Jim Duquette).
Duquette came to the organization on October 20, 2005, but since Andy MacPhail was hired as the president of baseball operations, it has been viewed that Duquette would have had his role reduced, should he have decided to stay on with the Orioles. As reported by The AP:
"I felt it was in the organization's best interest as well as my own to start fresh somewhere else," said Duquette, who had one year remaining on his contract.
"I'm grateful for the opportunities the Orioles have provided. I think it's important for me personally and professionally to continue to develop and to look at opportunities elsewhere."
It has not been announced whether Duquette will be replaced.
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