SARASOTA, FLA. — New manager Brandon Hyde expanded on his base-running philosophy while explaining why it was important for the team to add veteran players such as Alcides Escobar and Eric Young Jr., who both have been very successful base stealers.
“It’s more being aggressive on the bases,’’ Hyde said. “Whether it’s stealing bases or going first to third or being able to score on a single — pushing the envelope with our base running and making that a priority here in camp.
“E.Y. [Young] has got a lot of experience and has always been a good base stealer so that’s a big add and Escobar has been in big situations and has been at the top of the lineup in a World Series. Part of our identity is going to be an aggressive base-running team. Not necessarily a base-stealing team, per se, but we want to take advantage of opportunities on the bases.”
First full squad workout
Orioles spring training begins in earnest on Monday with the first full-squad workout. The only players who had not reported to camp by the time Sunday’s limited workout began were Jesus Sucre (visa problems), Gregory Infante (illness), newly acquired Escobar, who just agreed to terms with the club on Saturday, and Jonathan Villar, who was expected to arrive in town late Sunday.
Opening Day starter?
Hyde was asked Sunday if he is in any hurry to name an Opening Day starter for the regular season. It would figure to be either Alex Cobb or Dylan Bundy if they get through the spring without any issues, but that decision generally is not made this early in camp.
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“Not right now,’’ Hyde said. “I think in the next couple of weeks we’ll determine that. I’m not in any hurry to name one guy over the other for sure at this point.”