LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – Andy MacPhail hadn’t spoken to the Baltimore media as a group since he left the Orioles in Oct. 2011.
That’s Dan Duquette’s job now.
MacPhail was at the winter meetings to participate in the Veterans Committee Hall of Fame vote, not to really work.
It was evident that this was an environment MacPhail feels at home with.
“I miss the offseason now more than I miss the season,” MacPhai said.
He served as Orioles president of baseball operations for about 4 ½ years.
“It was more fun trying to put it together,” MacPhail said. “Spending the time trying to understand what the best way to proceed was with the help of your scouts and any statistical analysis that you did. That part I occasionally miss, more so than the every day at the ballpark from 10 in the morning until 11 at night over the course of the summer when, as a GM, you're just pretty much in reactive mode.”
MacPhail still lives in Owings Mills, and keeps a low profile. He’s had lunch with manager Buck Showalter, but keeps quiet about the Orioles.
"I'm a big believer in no comments from the peanut gallery," he said. "I just try to keep, when you're out, you're out. You chose to go out and you should stay out of it and let people do their thing," MacPhail said.
He deflected credit for the Orioles’ spring training move to Sarasota, Fla., saying that it was owner Peter Angelos who spurred it.
“My job was president of complaint,” MacPhail said. “My chief contribution was complaining bitterly about Fort Lauderdale.
"All I did, really, was beg, cajole, complain."