ofahn concluded is post with this:
This is a "no lose" proposition for Dan Duqette. If he is successful he'll be a genius. If he fails most of baseball will give him a pass because of Angelos. I believe he will improve the team if Angelos gives him a reasonable budget and gets out of his way.
This has all turned out to be true. Duquette succeeded and all of Baltimore views him as a hero.
Matt P nailed it:
I'm very excited about this announcement. I think he is a better fit than LaCava and that LaCava turning us down may have been a blessing in disguise. I'm really looking forward to this off season and I think by 2013 we will be serious contenders.
A_K was not thrilled, but of course we do not know what LaCava would have done.
I'm not too crazy about it. Seems like if you're hiring someone who's been out of baseball for 10 years after getting turned down by two up-and-comers who had the audacity to assume they'd be able to select who worked for them, you're hiring someone who's intimately aware of who signs his paycheck.
My outlook for the future of the organization was already pretty bleak, so I'm not too distraught. But I can't say I'm even remotely excited about this signing. Would have greatly preferred virtually every name that was mentioned or rumored as part of our search, especially DiPoto or Lacava.
My thoughts at the time:
While I would have preferred Dipoto or Lacava, Duquette is not a bad choice. I really feel he is going to overhaul the player development system and I am sure these changes will be apparent when I visit next year's spring training.
The coaches will be giving more instruction; normally they are there more just as guides, and give little knowledge to all of the players. They tend to choose favorites and talk to specific players. I feel that Duquette will really ensure that coaches step up to the next level.
Today, I am certain everyone is pleased with the Duquette despite missing out on Dipoto and LaCava. Smart move by Angelos.