The Orioles officially named Chicago Cubs bench coach Brandon Hyde the 20th manager in club history late Friday afternoon.
With 16 years of coaching experience, Buck Showalter’s replacement has a strong background in player development and as a major league coach.
Here’s what you need to know about Hyde.
Brandon Hyde file
Hometown: Santa Rosa, Calif.
College: California State University, Long Beach
Playing experience (catcher and first base)
» Minor leagues with Chicago White Sox, 1997-2000 (183 career games, reached Triple-A in 2000)
» Independent league with Chico Heat, 2001
» Minor league hitting coach in then-Florida Marlins system, 2003-2004
» Minor league manager in Marlins system, 2005-2009 (won Southern League championship as Double-A Jacksonville’s manager in 2009)
» Marlins minor league infield coordinator, 2010
» Marlins bench coach, 2010-2011
» Marlins interim manager, 2011 (for one game)
» Minor league infield coordinator in Chicago Cubs system, 2012
» Cubs director of player development, August 2012-2013
» Cubs bench coach, 2014
» Cubs first base coach, 2015-2016 (won World Series in 2016)
» Cubs bench coach, 2017-2018
» Orioles manager, 2018-
What they’re saying about Hyde
Mike Elias, Orioles executive vice president and general manager: “After conducting an intensive search, I believe that we have found the ideal leader for the next era of Orioles baseball. Brandon’s deep background in player development and major league coaching, most recently helping to shape the Cubs into a world champion [in 2016], has thoroughly prepared him for this job and distinguished him throughout our interview process. I look forward to introducing him to our fans next week and to working together with him to build the next great Orioles team.”
Mark Trumbo, Orioles outfielder/designated hitter: “If it took a little bit longer and they got the right guy, then I think everyone comes out a winner.”
Reid Cornelius, pitching coach when Hyde managed Double-A Jacksonville in 2009: “I just remember thinking that Brandon is doing a super job and he's going to be a big league manager. The way he prepares, the way he sees the game, he seems to be two steps ahead of the next guy across the way in the other dugout, and he had a good way of communication with his players, too. He was easy to play for. He asked for effort, but he ran a ballgame very well from the dugout.”
Theron Todd, Hyde’s hitting coach at Jacksonville in 2009: “Brandon is very, very determined, very focused, very detail-oriented. A great communicator."
Julie Saxenmeyer, longtime Orioles fan from Cockeysville: "I can’t say I’ve formed an opinion yet but from what I’ve read, it seems like a good hire, I like that he has a background in player development. I’m sure he knows this couldn’t be a tougher first gig. I hope Mike Elias and the Angelos brothers give him a very long leash and measure success by more than just wins and losses. No one expects this team to win in 2019 or even 2020. If the team makes incremental progress year over year in the short term, especially considering this division, I’ll be satisfied."
ESPN.com in 2013 on Hyde’s player development success with the Cubs: “While it's debatable as to whether the Cubs' lack of homegrown talent over the past decade stems from a scouting or player development issue, the team clearly decided to focus on overhauling the latter department. During the 2013 season, Hyde oversaw arguably one of the most productive seasons for the Cubs farm system as multiple prospects took big steps forward, including Javier Baez, Pierce Johnson and Arismendy Alcantara.
“Considering all the success he had in his role with the front office, the selection of Hyde as bench coach may seem a bit odd. It's not often that a front office member makes the leap to being the manager's right-hand man. But for the Cubs, moving Hyde to the bench to work alongside new manager Rick Renteria just made sense.”