Players at the Orioles camp have the opportunity to improve and win jobs, and everything from the coaching hires to the data available for them will put them in a position to do that. It's just going to be a process on their end, too.
It's been years since either the Orioles or their new manager, Brandon Hyde, arrived at a spring training like this. Instead of one or two major league jobs up for grabs at the fringes of the roster, there could be a dozen, with everyday roles the spoils for the winners.
Pitching development has barreled forward in recent years, with data-tracking systems, speed cameras and reams of information helping teams refine and advance the arsenals of their young arms. Now the Orioles hope to join the revolution.
The Orioles' minor league coaching staffs announced Friday feature a mix of familiar faces in new roles and fresh blood from the college and amateur ranks, as the organization looks to overhaul its player development system under a new front office.
For all the turnover the Orioles bullpen experienced last summer with their trades of Zack Britton, Brad Brach, and Darren O'Day, things stayed relatively stable this offseason at the back end of the bullpen.
Outside of Dylan Bundy, Alex Cobb, and Andrew Cashner, the Orioles' cast of potential starting pitchers has barely over two years of combined major league service time — and thus plenty of questions about what they can do.
On the 'Analytics in Baseball Operations' panel Saturday at Orioles FanFest, assistant general manager Sig Mejdal and senior director of international scouting Koby Pérez outlined how the analytics that will drive the Orioles' rebuild can produce results on the field.
The Orioles have spent most of the little time dedicated to the major league roster this offseason remaking what their infield depth chart looks like, from Rule 5 picks Richie Martin and Drew Jackson to waiver claims Rio Ruiz, Hanser Alberto and Jack Reinheimer.
The Orioles haven't finalized their minor league coaching staffs yet, but Harford Community College baseball coach Tom Eller tweeted Monday night that he's leaving to become a minor league hitting coach for his hometown club.
Saturday's Orioles FanFest marked the public beginning of a new era of Orioles baseball under new executive vice president and general manager Mike Elias and manager Brandon Hyde. And it just so happens to be driven at this point by the main commodity the event is built on: hope.
Near the end of the Orioles’ season-ticket holders’ Q&A with executive vice president and general manager Mike Elias and manager Brandon Hyde on Saturday at FanFest, a longtime Orioles fan boiled down their greatest challenge as simply as anyone could.
The Orioles announced Wednesday that their coaching staff under manager Brandon Hyde will include Tim Cossins, Doug Brocail, Don Long, Arnie Beyeler, José Flores, José Hernández, Howie Clark, and John Wasdin.
Mike Mussina, the right-handed pitcher who anchored the Orioles rotation in the 1990s and remains the last homegrown ace the franchise developed, will join Mariano Rivera, Roy Halladay and Edgar Martínez in the Baseball Hall of Fame’s Class of 2019.
The Orioles won't increase season ticket prices for 2019, according to a letter sent to returning plan holders by executive vice president and general manager Mike Elias, and introduced new tiers of membership.
Breaking with more than 25 years of team policy about Camden Yards being a baseball-exclusive venue, the Orioles announced Thursday that Billy Joel will hold the first-ever standalone concert at their ballpark July 26.