A White Sox farmhand from 1997 to 2000, Orioles manager Brandon Hyde retains familiarity with the organization, including spending one season as current White Sox manager Rick Renteria's bench coach with the Cubs in 2014.
Sitting in the third base dugout Tuesday at Tropicana Field, the same one he was in when he made his managerial debut eight years ago after Edwin Rodríguez unexpectedly stepped down as the Florida Marlins manager, Orioles manager Brandon Hyde could look back on that day with a laugh.
The Orioles looked to recent champions in Houston and Chicago to assemble the trio of general manager Mike Elias, manager Brandon Hyde and assistant general manager for analytics Sig Mejdal to take the team in a new direction
Aside from the Astros, the only other team to execute a similar rebuilt recently is the Chicago Cubs, and new Orioles manager Brandon Hyde spearheaded their player development operation early before joining the major league coaching staff through a rebuild that netted the 2016 World Series title.
Brandon Hyde will be the new manager of the Baltimore Orioles. Hyde, who was hired away from the Chicago Cubs after spending 2018 as their bench coach and five years on their major league coaching staff, was selected from a group of six candidates.
"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," pitching coach Reid Cornelius said of his former boss, reported Orioles manager Brandon Hyde.
As multiple media outlets reported the Orioles had selected Chicago Cubs bench coach Brandon Hyde to be their next manager Tuesday night, new general manager Mike Elias denied that a hire had been made.
Today, analytics are a necessary, day-to-day part of the modern game of baseball, one that has driven championship-winning franchises such as the Boston Red Sox, Chicago Cubs and Houston Astros — and an area in which the Orioles have lagged.
The Orioles' payroll for 2019 might end up being low enough that the club bears some of the players' frustration for the teams who are capping their spending near the soft cap of the competitive balance tax.
Considering the type of candidates the Orioles went after in 2011 — young, analytics-minded executives who have vast experience in the baseball world — here are a handful of people who fit that mold now.
Orioles manager Buck Showalter stressed good evaluation and good communication as key aspects of the team's rebuild, and kept returning to the idea that the team has to sell hope to a fan base that might not see it in the club's 36-93 record.
The Orioles might have avoided a real headache in a year full of them by missing out on Jason Vargas, and despite all that’s gone badly for them this season, it looks like Andrew Cashner was the right pitcher to stabilize their rotation.
“This was probably the most fun I ever had playing baseball, especially going to Wrigley. I’ve always dream’t about just going to a Cubs game and actually being able to play on the field was just surreal and life changing,” Tyler Locklear said.