An Interview with Lee MacPhail IV
Lee MacPhail IV hails from one of the most storied baseball families in baseball. His great grandfather, Larry MacPhail, was one of the game’s biggest innovators, helping to introduce nighttime baseball, regular game televising and the flying of teams between games while serving as chief executive of the Brooklyn Dodgers, Cincinnati Reds and New York Yankees. His grandfather, Lee MacPhail, was a front office executive for 45 years, working with the Baltimore Orioles and the Yankees and as chief aide to former Commissioner William Eckert and president of the American League. (Larry and Lee MacPhail Jr. comprise the only father-son duo ever elected into the Baseball Hall of Fame.)
His uncle, Andy MacPhail, won two World Series titles as general manager of the Minnesota Twins, served as the president of the Chicago Cubs from 1994 to 2001, and more recently was the President of Baseball Operations for the Baltimore Orioles from 2007 to 2011. Much of the Orioles current roster was constructed by him and he shares in some of the responsibility for the team’s success this season.
Lee IV has worked in the Orioles, Texas Rangers, Cleveland Indians, Minnesota Twins, and Montreal Expos/Washington Nationals organizations. He was the director of professional scouting for the Orioles before Dan Duquette reorganized the front office and scouting department, went on to work with both the professional and amateur scouting departments in 2012, and is now a member of the Seattle Mariners organization as a professional scout.
Lee was kind enough to take the time to speak with me earlier this afternoon and it ended up being one of the most enjoyable conversations I’ve had with anyone in baseball. I wish him nothing but the best in his new opportunity with the Mariners and we should certainly recognize him as having the knowledge, passion, and ability to contribute greatly to any organization in baseball.