BALTIMORE (AP) -Andy MacPhail was hired Wednesday as chief operating officer of the Baltimore Orioles, two days after the last-place team fired manager Sam Perlozzo.
MacPhail was president of the Chicago Cubs from 1994-2006, also serving as general manager from July 2000 to July 2002. He was general manager of the Minnesota Twins from 1985-94, helping the team win World Series titles in 1987 and 1991.
His father, Hall of Famer Lee MacPhail, was Orioles general manager from 1958-65 and also was GM of the New York Yankees and president of the American League. His grandfather, Hall of Famer Larry MacPhail, brought night games to the major leagues while with the Cincinnati Reds in 1935 and was chief executive of the Brooklyn Dodgers and the Yankees.
Andy MacPhail fills a post with the Orioles that had been vacant since Joe Foss resigned this year. Former Cubs catcher Joe Girardi, who knows MacPhail from their Chicago days, was interviewed Tuesday to become the Orioles' manager and is viewed as the leading candidate.
In its first game under interim manager Dave Trembley, Baltimore lost its ninth consecutive game Tuesday, 12-6 to the San Diego Padres. The Orioles have finished with losing records in nine consecutive seasons.
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