3P’s Baseball Pitching Experts: Jim Duquette
Jim Duquette is known throughout major league baseball for his expertise in baseball operations and talent evaluation. During his years as a scout and senior executive, he has been the force behind recruiting many of today’s highest performing players. Today, Jim is a Baseball Analyst for Sirius / XM radio and for MLB.com. Prior to this he was Vice President for Baseball Operations for the Baltimore Orioles for two years. Jim came to the Orioles after serving in virtually every capacity of the baseball front office for the New York Mets for 14 of the previous 15 years.
Jim began his pro baseball career as an assistant in the Mets’ scouting and minor league departments in 1991, getting his start under a pair of former Orioles executives, Frank Cashen and Al Harazin. He eventually was named Assistant Director/Scouting and Minor Leagues in 1995 and served in that role for two seasons before joining the Houston Astros as Director of Player Development. He spent 54 weeks with the Astros, the only time he had been outside the Mets organization until coming to the Orioles.
Duquette rejoined the Mets as Director of Player Personnel in 1997 and 13 months later was named Assistant General Manager. In 2003, he was named the Mets’ General Manager, making him the 10th GM in the club’s history. At the time of his appointment, he was the 4th-youngest general manager in the majors at age 37, behind only the Red Sox’ Theo Epstein, the Dodgers’ Paul DePodesta and the Yankees’ Brian Cashman. He served as Mets’ General Manager for a year and a half, then was named Senior Vice President of Baseball Operations, serving under Omar Minaya. Under his watch as GM in NY and Baltimore, players like David Wright, Jose Reyes, Melvin Mora, Nick Markakis, Scott Kazmir, Heath Bell, Jeremy Guthrie, Aaron Heilman, Brian Bannister, Lastings Milledge, among others got their opportunity at the major league level.