Jim Beattie is best known to Baltimore Oriole fans, for his time as Executive Vice-President of Baseball Operations during 2003 through 2005.
In addition to his tenure with the Orioles, he was also VP/General Manager of the Montreal Expos, and Director of Minor League Operations for the Seattle Mariners.
As a player, he pitched in the Major Leagues from 1978-1986, winning 52 career games.
Mr. Beattie is currently employed as a Vice President and Financial Advisor with Bernstein Global Wealth Management.
Mr. Beattie was willing to answer a few questions from Baltimore Sports and Life:
BSL: “You have moved-on from Baseball Operations to a career in finance. As a General Manager, you were responsible for overseeing the Scouting and Player Development Departments. By their very nature those departments entail a long-range approach, where you are working today, for results tomorrow. This obviously requires a bit of forecasting as well.
In addition to that, to achieve the high-level of success you obtained in Baseball, you had to cultivate and build relationships.
These are obvious skills that you can bring from your history in Baseball, and directly apply as a Financial Advisor. Can you speak to other instances where your history in the business of baseball, has helped you succeed in your new position?”
Jim Beattie: “My position as a financial advisor is one of building relationships and helping people be successful to reach their financial goals. I’d like to think I also did that in my role as a GM, although, within some constraints, it was putting players and coaches in position where they could be successful and reach their professional goals.”
BSL: “In 1980, at age 25, you were in your 2nd full season in the Majors and you pitched 187.1 innings, allowing 205 hits, with 98 walks, and 67k’s.
In 1982, you pitched 172.1 innings, allowing 149 hits, with 65 walks,and 140 k’s.
I think this illustrates the maturation that can occur with a young pitcher, as they are allowed to develop. What helped you most in your personal development as a pitcher?”
Jim Beattie: “My improvement came as a result of two things, getting healthier and pitching more. In 1980 my shoulder did not allow me to throw easily and hard although I kept going out to pitch and tried to battle through it. When I got healthy during the 1981 season (pitching in the minor leagues during the strike) I came back a different pitcher. “
BSL: “What were your impressions of the Baltimore Media – Were you treated fairly? Were they hard to deal with?”
Jim Beattie: “I think I was treated fairly, although I should have done a better job of building relationships with many of them. The Baltimore media is not unduly tough.”
BSL: “During the winter of 2003, the Orioles offered Vlad Guerrero a five-year contract for $65M in December, which was eventually increased to $67.5M.
Guerrero clearly did not have Baltimore at the top of his list, but did provide a counter-offer of 7yrs $105M. So, it can be established that there was a price he was willing to come to Baltimore for. Was there ever any consideration of going to 6yrs $85-$90M for Guerrero? Do you think he would have signed with the O’s, if that contract had been presented?”
Jim Beattie: “Vlad may have signed with the O’s but to be honest, I do not remember the offer or counters at this point. We may have been used to pump up other offers.”
Chris Stoner founded Baltimore Sports and Life in 2009. He has appeared as a radio guest with 1090 WBAL, 105.7 The Fan, CBS 1300, Q1370, WOYK 1350, WKAV 1400, and WNST 1570. He has also been interviewed by The Baltimore Sun, Baltimore Business Journal, and PressBox (TV). As Owner, his responsibilities include serving as the Managing Editor, Publicist, & Sales Director.