MLB Rookie of the Year Award

'He was such a quick study': From the Ivies to the Orioles, new executive VP Mike Elias has passed every baseball test

'He was such a quick study': From the Ivies to the Orioles, new executive VP Mike Elias has passed every baseball test

Mike Elias' path to the Orioles' general manager job began in earnest in John Stuper's Yale University dugout, at a time when an Ivy League dugout was just starting to be viewed as the cradle for baseball minds that they’ve ultimately become.

He had a feel for the game. He had the drive, and he had the brains. But surely, something must have caught Stuper at least a little by surprise in the dozen years of growth that led his one-time left-hander into the helm of the Orioles rebuild.

"Would you think I was a [crummy] interview if I said nothing?" Stuper said. "I'm not surprised by this at all. He has kept up with the times. Honestly, when he became a scout,...

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