Could Dan Duquette Be The Next Pittsburgh Pirates General Manager?


Could a former Major League Baseball Executive of the Year be the next general manager of the Pittsburgh Pirates?

The Pittsburgh Pirates are now in day four of their search for a new general manager. Since former GM Neal Huntington was relieved of his duties Monday morning, the team has been connected to multiple baseball executives for their GM opening. On Wednesday, another name emerged in the Pirate search.

According to Jason Mackey of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the Pirates have inquired about former Baltimore Orioles general manager Dan Duquette.

Prior to working with the Orioles, Duquette was also general manager of the Montreal Expos from 1991-1994 and the Boston Red Sox from 1994-2002. Duquette is a two-time MLB Executive of the YEar, winning the award with the Expos in 1992 and the Orioles in 2014.

Out of all of the work the 61-year-old Duquette has done in his career his most impressive was in his most recent stint, which came with the Orioles. Duquette was hired as GM of the Orioles in November of 2011 and inherited a 69-93 team. Despite this, Duquette constructed a postseason club in Baltimore for the 2012 season.

After missing the postseason in 2013, Duquette and the Orioles bounced backed with 94 victories in 2014. This led to an American League Eastern Division Championship, and a trip to the American League Championship Series.

Duquette went on to spend seven seasons as GM of the Orioles. The team only had a losing season in two of these campaigns, which were the final two of Duquette’s tenure in 2017 and 2018.

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Duquette would bring a track record of strong drafts, development and trades to the Pirates. Other than Matt Arnold of the Brewers, Duquette is the best option yet that has been tied to the Pirates’ GM opening.