Orioles general manager Mike Elias introduces Brandon Hyde as the new Orioles manager. (Amy Davis/Baltimore Sun video)
New Orioles manager Brandon Hyde said Baltimore's baseball tradition is part of the reason he took the job, noting his new office has pictures of legendary baseball men such as Earl Weaver and Cal Ripken Sr. on the walls.
He's also coming to the role with a healthy admiration for Buck Showalter, the man he is replacing after parts of nine seasons leading the Orioles, who left a big mark on the city and the club.
"I have so much respect for Buck Showalter," Hyde said Monday at his introductory news conference. "As a young coach, that was somebody I looked up to on TV. That was Buck Showalter. Listening to him doing ESPN, when he was on ESPN, I would always listen to him. I have so much respect.
"We also have close friends who are ... a couple of my close friends are close friends of his as well, so there's some mutual respect there. And everybody says such great things about him. I'm going to be me, but I definitely have a ton of respect for who's been in that chair for the last eight or nine years."
Hyde was selected from a six-candidate field by new executive vice president and general manager Mike Elias, who said it wasn't intentional that no one previously with the organization was part of that group of finalists.
Elias said he views "outside perspective and outside experience as a plus," and there's expected to be some holdover with coaches remaining in the organization. But the idea that Showalter became almost as synonymous with the Orioles' success and goodwill as anyone on the team didn't influence the decision in how to replace him, Elias said.
"I didn't take it into account," Elias said. "The past era here was hugely successful. It was done against a lot of odds and a lot of expectations. I'm incredibly impressed by what the last group did here. It came to an end the last year, and this is a new era of Orioles.
"I'm new. He's new. It wasn't part of my thought process. It was just getting the right person for this next era, what team we have now, how we're going to approach things, what we're going through. That was really what was on my mind."