Orioles executive vice president and general manager Mike Elias began his first winter meetings in charge in the unique position of still having to hire a manager and fill other baseball operations vacancies.
Yet even as he acknowledges that "something's missing there" not having a manager around for the winter meetings agenda, Elias said Monday that the Orioles are "pretty far along" in the process of replacing Buck Showalter and giving another face to the team's rebuilding efforts on the field.
"Last week, mostly, and a little bit beyond that, we conducted in-person interviews with a number of candidates — with six candidates," Elias said....
A baseball umpire trainee runs toward first base to get into position to make a call during an instructional camp session at Compton Community College. The umpire camp is operated by Major League Baseball and includes on-field and classroom instruction.