When Dan Duquette was hired roughly a year ago as the club’s executive vice president, the Orioles pointed to his impressive track record in the past with the Montreal Expos and Boston Red Sox.
He was in charge of some very good teams – although none went to the World Series. Of course, the Expos in 1994 might have had the season not ended in August due to labor unrest.
And Duquette was one of the primary architects of the Red Sox team that twice won world championships after he left.
So, yeah, Duquette’s teams were pretty good. But I guess I didn’t realize just how good until baseball statistician Bill Arnold sent me a chart with the lifetime win-loss records of all the men who ran teams in 2012.
With the Orioles’ 93-69 regular-season record factored into Duquette’s lifetime mark, he now has the fifth highest winning percentage (.542 in 12 seasons) of those who were GMs – or its equivalent title – in 2012. That’s higher than San Francisco’s Brian Sabean and Oakland’s Billy Beane.
In fact, of 2012 GMs with at least 10 years of experience, only the New York Yankees’ Brian Cashman (.602 in 15 seasons) and the Chicago Cubs’ Theo Epstein (.556 in 10 seasons) has a higher mark than Duquette. Epstein, who followed Duquette in Boston, would have had a higher percentage, but since he basically shares the job with Jed Hoyer, he and Hoyer both get credited with the Cubs’ dubious 2012.
Duquette also has now posted a winning record in nine of his 11 seasons as a GM.
Anyway, I thought the information was worth sharing with you.
General Manager, Team, Seasons, Record, Pct., Winning Seasons
Brian Cashman, Yankees, 15, 1,464-962, .602, 15
Ruben Amaro, Jr., Phillies, 4, 373-275, .576, 3
Theo Epstein#, Cubs, 10, 900-720, .556, 9
John Mozeliak, Cardinals, 5, 441-369, .544, 5
Dan Duquette, Orioles, 11, 930-786, .542, 9
Brian Sabean, Giants, 16, 1,392-1,198, .537, 12
Billy Beane, A's, 15, 1,300-1,128, .535, 9
Walt Jocketty, Reds, 18, 1,527-1,347, .531, 11
Jon Daniels, Rangers, 7, 600-534, .529, 4
Ned Colletti, Dodgers, 7, 597-536, .527, 6