The eighth greatest general manager of all time is, like, the fifth dude on this list connected to the Orioles

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Mark Armour and Dan Levitt have written a book: In Pursuit of Pennants, which examines how front offices have historically found innovative ways to build winning teams. In support of that, they are counting down the top-25 GMs of all time over at their blog. Since it’s slow season, I’m going to continue linking to the countdown as it’s great stuff we rarely read about in the normal course.

If you came of baseball-watching age sometime between the late 1990s and, oh, three or four years ago, you can be forgiven for thinking that the Baltimore Orioles are a perpetually messed-up and dysfunctional franchise. Yes, they’ve righted the ship just fine since Dan Duquette has been there, but before that, hoo-boy, things were a mess.

If you’re older than that, though, and if you paid attention to baseball between the late 50s and the late 80s, you know that the Orioles were, for decades, the Gold Standard for how a franchise should be built and run. Which makes the fact that this top-25 list Mark Armour and Dan Levitt have put together contains a boatload of executives who either got their start, made their bones or completed their legacies while working for the Baltimore Orioles make all kinds of sense.

The latest — and not the last, if I have the top-10 guessed properly — is one Harry Dalton. Go learn about him here.