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
On the 'Analytics in Baseball Operations' panel Saturday at Orioles FanFest, assistant general manager Sig Mejdal and senior director of international scouting Koby Pérez outlined how the analytics that will drive the Orioles' rebuild can produce results on the field.
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.
Orioles executive vice president and general manager Mike Elias said on the 105.7 The Fan Orioles Hot Stove show that the club had done background on dozens of managerial candidates and was past phase one of the search to replace Buck Showalter.
New Orioles baseball operations chief will be coming from a new direction after helping build the Houston Astros into a World Series team, but he'll need several years to transform the O's into a 21st century operation.
The Houston Astros rebuild that Mike Elias was a part of worked partly because of the continuity in personnel their general manager, Jeff Luhnow, brought from the Cardinals. Who from Houston could help replicate that for Elias in Baltimore?
With the continuing and unresolved issue of National Football League players kneeling (or remaining in the locker room) during the playing of the National Anthem before games, one is reminded of two incidents involving the anthem: Both occurred 50 years ago this month.
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.
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.