November 13, 1994 |
Dan O'Brien walked into his office Saturday morning only to be greeted by frenzied employees and a stack of urgent messages. It had been raining all night and morning. Managers of the six Arizona Fall League teams were waiting for instructions. The Prime Ticket television crew wanted answers. Major league general managers were impatient. O'Brien, who has spent 40 years in baseball as a general manager, demanded that everyone stay calm. No need for rash decisions. The rain stopped by 10:30 a.m.
May 3, 1991
Dan O'Brien is sitting in the chair that used to be Mike Port's, behind the desk that used to be Mike Port's. A writer is sitting in the chair that used to be O'Brien's whenever he and Port needed to huddle over complex math problems, such as calculating Mark Langston's salary or Dave Parker's age. "I had no idea when I came to work on Tuesday that I'd be sitting here and you'd be sitting there this afternoon," O'Brien says. "I had no inkling." O'Brien knows about these chairs, though.
August 27, 1991 |
Promising no quick fixes, and no holding back in evaluating a team ensconced in last place in the American League West, Buck Rodgers became the 15th man to manage the Angels Monday when he replaced Doug Rader. Rodgers, who played for the Angels from their inaugural season of 1961 through 1969 and was their catcher in the first game played at Anaheim Stadium, was given a contract through 1994.
September 18, 1993 |
The Angels, determining that the working relationship of senior vice presidents Dan O'Brien and Whitey Herzog had deteriorated beyond repair, fired O'Brien on Friday. Bill Bavasi, the Angels' farm director the last 10 years, will replace O'Brien. Bavasi, son of former Angel general manager Buzzie Bavasi, will work under Herzog as general manager. The Angels are expected to announce Bavasi's promotion, and an entire restructuring of the front office, by Wednesday.
January 8, 1991 |
A packed commuter train plowed into crash barriers at a London station during this morning's rush hour, killing at least one person, temporarily trapping dozens in the wreckage and injuring more than 240, British Rail said. The state-owned rail network said the train's brakes apparently failed. "The driver put on the brakes, but the train did not stop," said Chris Jennings of British Rail.