O's Hire New Director of Baseball Operations

Posted Feb 25, 2008

The Orioles today announced that they have added Matt Klentak to their staff as Director of Baseball Operations. He will assist President of Baseball Operations Andy MacPhail in scouting, player development, contract negotiations and the overall construction of the Major League roster.

Klentak joins the Orioles after spending the last four years working in Major League Baseball’s Labor Relations Department, where he provided advice and interpretations on the Collective Bargaining Agreement and Major League Rules to all 30 Major League teams. He also served as a key administrator in both the Salary Arbitration Support Program and the Rule 4 Draft Support Program, providing economic and baseball analyses for Owners Meetings, GM Meetings and Scouting/Farm Director Meetings and serving as the primary contact for Club personnel regarding Major League contract terms, language and data maintenance in MLB’s IT systems.

Klentak was also a key member of the MLB Collective Bargaining team that successfully negotiated a second consecutive CBA without a work stoppage in 2006. It was on this team that Klentak and MacPhail first worked together.

Prior to joining the Commissioner’s Office, Klentak spent the 2003 season in the Baseball Operations Department of the Colorado Rockies. While there, he gained experience in video and advance scouting, coordinated the inflow of all amateur scouting reports and authored several baseball and financial analyses throughout the season.

Born and raised in Medfield , MA , Klentak graduated in 2002 with a degree in Economics from Dartmouth College , where he was a four-year baseball letterman, three-year starting shortstop and team captain his senior year. The Big Green won two Ivy League Red Rolfe Division championships (2000 and 2001) during his playing days.

Klentak’s first day with the Orioles will be March 4.

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