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Schmuck: Mike Elias has not been officially named Orioles GM, but he's still creating quite a buzz

Schmuck: Mike Elias has not been officially named Orioles GM, but he's still creating quite a buzz

Though all remains quiet in the B&O Warehouse, unconfirmed reports that the Orioles are soon to name Houston Astros assistant general manager Mike Elias their new director of baseball operations is already giving the team some street cred.

The 35-year-old executive has been responsible for the series of amateur drafts that helped transform the Houston Astros from a three-time 100-loss team into a World Series champion. He’s the kind of guy who just might drag the Orioles’ scouting and player development departments kicking and screaming into the 21st century.

Orioles Hall of Fame second baseman Rich Dauer certainly thinks so. He coached first base for the Astros during...

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