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Brandon Hyde reportedly picked to be Orioles' new manager; GM Mike Elias says reports 'premature'

Brandon Hyde reportedly picked to be Orioles' new manager; GM Mike Elias says reports 'premature'

Orioles executive vice president and general manager Mike Elias on Tuesday denied he'd selected Chicago Cubs bench coach Brandon Hyde as his new manager, declaring "very clearly it's a premature report" as news of the hire flashed across MLB Network on a muted television in his suite during a media briefing.

“I haven't looked at the specifics of the exact wording of this report, but certainly, the type of … [laughs] the type of report you're referring to is premature,” Elias said.

Hyde, 45, was in his second stint as Cubs bench coach, this time under manager Joe Maddon. He was the first base coach when Chicago won the World Series in 2016, and rose to bench coach for...

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