Five ques­tions as O’s search for new lead­ers

Depth of change un­cer­tain un­til club makes hires

Baltimore Sun Sunday - - NEWS - By Jon Me­oli

A 115-loss sea­son is as strong an in­di­ca­tion as any that change is re­quired, and in re­mov­ing man­ager Buck Showal­ter and ex­ec­u­tive vice pres­i­dent Dan Du­quette as their con­tracts ex­pired this month, the Ori­oles en­sured it’s com­ing in some form.

What’s un­clear, and won’t be known un­til re­place­ments are hired and staffs are re­built, is how sig­nif­i­cant that change will be. The Ori­oles are in a ten­u­ous spot from a base­ball sense, with prospect depth but not the qual­ity or im­pact tal­ent to re­verse things quickly, and a ma­jor league ros­ter with only a hand­ful of as­sets. There’s also the Mid-At­lantic Sports Net­work lit­i­ga­tion loom­ing over the busi­ness side of the fran­chise.

All that con­spires to make a sit­u­a­tion ripe for vast change. Here are the five ques­tions the Ori­oles need to an­swer as they re­place the de­ci­sion-mak­ing lead­ers

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