Baltimore Orioles: Brandon Hyde to be introduced in today’s press conference
By Tim Smart
The Baltimore Orioles will introduce their new manager, Brandon Hyde, in a press conference this morning
Brandon Hyde is set to become the 20th manager in Baltimore Orioles history, and will be introduced in a press conference set for noon today. You can follow along on MASN and 105.7 The Fan, as well as the stream on Facebook and Twitter.
Hyde will be tasked with helping rebuild the struggling Orioles, and he has his work cut out for him. Almost everyone at the major league level in Baltimore played under their projections last year, something that needs to change if the O’s are to have any success at all going forward.
Hyde’s experience as a director of player development in Chicago, as well as time spent as their minor league infield coordinator, will be a big help in getting the Orioles back on track.
Elias mentioned during his introduction that having “good experience” is always a plus in any job candidate, and Hyde certainly has that. Hyde worked under the Theo Epstein regime in Chicago for the past seven years, and worked closely with Joe Maddon for the last four.
The Cubs have become a model organization in the major leagues and the hope is that Hyde can help bring that mentality to Baltimore. Without an abundance of veteran leadership in the Orioles clubhouse, Elias will rely on Hyde and his coaching staff to keep the young players in check.
We’ll learn more about Hyde’s coaching staff as we get further into the offseason. The O’s were the last team in the majors to hire a manager and they haven’t left much time, relatively, to fill out the remainder of their coaching staff.
But Hyde almost certainly has candidates in mind, if not already on the table, and it shouldn’t take long for the Orioles to fill out the rest of their major league coaching staff.
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It can be difficult to fill these positions this late into the offseason as guys don’t wait around like free agents do to find work, but this is certainly a topic that came up in Hyde’s interview with Elias. I’d expect that Elias liked the answers Hyde gave.
Hyde has been billed as an effective communicator, and he should be able to foster a better relationship between the front office and the field staff than we saw during the Duquette/Showalter years.
It will take time, probably several years, for Elias and Sig Mejdal to get the analytics department where they want it in Baltimore, but they shouldn’t have any issues getting information to Hyde, and seeing that information translated to the players.
The Orioles have long been viewed as being well behind in the analytics movement in baseball, but they’re well on their way to catching up. Hyde can hopefully help the Orioles build smarter player development systems and help them gain advantages in the areas associated with it.