Dan Duquette returned to major league baseball today as the Orioles named him Executive VP of Baseball Operations. The 53-year old Duquettes is best known for his eight years in another AL east front office when he served as Boston’s GM from 1994-2002.
While Duquette helped build the Red Sox powerhouse that won the World Series in 2004, he was dismissed from Boston by new owner John Henry while the club was still enduring its famous championship drought that curse-theorists dated back to the trade of Babe Ruth.
What is often forgotten about Duquette is the work he did in Montreal.
As director of player development for the Expos from 1987 to 1991, the club drafted stars Marquis Grissom, Cliff Floyd and Rondell White while signing the likes of Vladimir Guerrero and Javier Vazquez. Once in the GM seat starting in 1991, Duquette made a number of shrewd moves but he’ll probably live out the rest of his baseball career without ever topping the deal he made on November 19, 1993. The Expos dealt versatile 2B Delino DeShields to the Dodgers for an up-and-coming Pedro Martinez.