O's searching for direction

Originally Published: November 30, 2004
By Will Lingo | Baseball America
Can the Orioles ever be a consistent winner with Peter Angelos as owner? Angelos took over in August 1993, inheriting the respected Roland Hemond as general manager. Hemond had been on the job since 1987. By 1995 he was gone, and no GM since has lasted more than three years. The tandem of Jim Beattie and Mike Flanagan is the latest to try to right the ship.

What they have is an organization in disarray. The Orioles reached third place in the American League East in 2004 after six straight fourth-place finishes, but it was the seventh straight sub-.500 season.