9 Questions: Dan Duquette - Executive Vice-President of Baseball Operations for the Baltimore Orioles

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Q1: You’ve had tremendous success since joining the Orioles front office in 2011. To what do you attribute your success?

The Baltimore Orioles are a great organization with a proud tradition. We have strong ownership and an excellent manager in Buck Showalter. Our team is balanced with an exceptional group of core players and outstanding fans. 

Q2: Prior to becoming General Manager of the Orioles, you were absent from Major League Baseball for almost 10 years. What was it like being away from the game?

Look, I started as a scout for the Brewers back in 1980, then the Expos, and then I was with the Red Sox until 2002. To get a chance to spend more time with my wife and family and watch my kids grow up was a great privilege. I wouldn’t change a thing.

Q3: What did you do when you were away from baseball?

One of the exciting things I did was to help start the Israel Baseball League. We helped about 75 players get into professional baseball, but the league ultimately had to be discontinued due to lack of funding.

Q4: You’ve established the Dan Duquette Sports Academy in Hinsdale, Massachusetts. How can sports make a positive impact on youth?

Kids need to exercise and learn real life skills. Sports can help. Making good decisions under pressure and working within groups develops confidence and camaraderie. Team sports can make a big difference and I’m happy to make a contribution to that process. www.duquettesports.com

Q5: How do you like living in Pasadena?

We love Pasadena. My wife Amy and our kids— Denise, 26; Daniel, 24; Dana, 21; Kylie, 12; Kate, 8; and Brodie, 5—love it here too with all of the outdoor and recreational activities. We all love fishing. I like to golf. In the winter we’re not far from the mountains so we go skiing when we get the chance.

Q6: How do you like Baltimore as a sports town?

Baltimore is a fantastic sports town and the Orioles are built into the fabric of this community. Our fans are incredibly supportive.

Q7: How do you like the facilities at Camden Yards?

You can’t duplicate the intimacy of Camden Yards anywhere in the league. There’s a special charm about this ballpark that recalls all the great memories and Orioles’ winning tradition.

Q8: How do you like the Babe Ruth Sports Legends Museum at Camden Yards?

It’s a great place to embrace the history of baseball and learn about Baltimore’s own Babe Ruth.

Q9: What are the Orioles prospects for the future?

We’d like to be a perennial playoff contender, win the pennant and eventually get back to the World Series. In the meantime we will compete against the best teams and win.

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