BALTIMORE -- Executive vice president Mike Flanagan was not considered proactive during his tenure at vice president of baseball operations. Yet, in his two-week tenure as head of the Orioles front office, Flanagan has overhauled the team's management staff.
That process accelerated on Monday, when he asked for the resignation of director of baseball information systems Dave Ritterpusch and his assistant, Ed Coblentz.
Ritterpusch was in charge of the Orioles' psychological testing, which evaluates the mental capabilities and potential of Minor League players. But many in the Orioles' organization felt Ritterpusch had too much say in player personnel decisions and Flanagan felt he was, perhaps, too chatty with the media regarding private aspects of the testing.
"What I felt, [public revealing of] internal information and how we use it, to me became an unnecessary distraction," Flanagan said. "It undermined his effectiveness. He brought a lot of positives, but I felt it was a time for a change."
Ritterpusch was a firm believer in the testing, although team sources felt he evaluated too heavily on psychological tests and not enough on physical skills. Flanagan felt as if some personal information that was revealed to the media, especially in a recent Washington Post
story, should have been kept private.
"Other teams do it, and we'll continue to do it," Flanagan said of testing. "It became too public and it became too much of a distraction. This kind of info and data needs to be internal. Many clubs do this kind of analysis."
Ritterpusch was also involved in a rift with recently terminated assistant general manager Ed Kenney, but Flanagan said that did not play into his decision to demand a resignation.
Flanagan will announce the hiring of Tampa Bay front office executive Scott Proefrock on Tuesday in a press conference that will officially introduce new pitching coach Leo Mazzone to the Baltimore media.
Also, Flanagan said he had been informed that former executive vice president Jim Beattie has accepted a position as a consultant.
Gary Washburn is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.