The Baltimore Orioles have found their next manager.
The Orioles are hiring Brandon Hyde to lead the team. The news was reported by The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) December 12, 2018
Hyde, 45, has served as first base coach and bench coach for the Chicago Cubs. He also has worked in the Marlins’ organization.
Hyde played in the White Sox organization from 1997-2000.
The Baltimore Orioles appear to have found their next general manager.
According to USA Today’s Bob Nightengale, the Orioles are expected to hire Houston Astros assistant GM Mike Elias to help run their front office.
— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) November 14, 2018
Elias joined the Astros in 2012 and played a role in assembling a roster that won the World Series in 2017. He also helped build a farm system that was regarded as one of the best in Major League Baseball at one point. Skills in both of those areas would be welcomed by an Orioles team that will be looking to rebuild after moving many veteran pieces last season and replacing them with young, unproven players.
The Orioles have been looking for a new GM ever since moving on from Dan Duquette as executive vice president and general manager last month.
The Orioles decided to part ways with manager Buck Showalter following one of the worst seasons for any team in MLB history, but the three-time AL Manager of the Year wants to make it clear he has nothing but love for the organization and the city of Baltimore.
In a heartfelt letter he wrote via BaltimoreBaseball.com, Showalter reflected on his eight-plus years with the Orioles and tried to put into words how much calling Baltimore home has meant to him. He did a very good job of that.
“You know you’re talking about something that’s very important to people and you’ve got to take very seriously,” Showalter said of baseball in Baltimore. “I think the fans felt like I and we were as serious about the Orioles as they were. It’s not just someplace you’re passing through.”
Showalter described the things he is going to miss most about managing the O’s, one of which is the feeling of knowing his team sent fans home with something to be happy about on days the Orioles played well.
“Those are things you’re going to miss. You’re going to miss a good weather day game when we played well, we played crisp, get into the car and drive at about 5 mph down Pratt Street looking at all the people in black and orange and realizing that you may have been a part of making a good memory for somebody and their family,” he wrote.
As someone who has more than 1,500 wins as an MLB manager, Showalter surely didn’t want his tenure in Baltimore to end the way it did. You need look no further than the ruthless remark of one scout to know how bad the Orioles were in 2018, but Showalter stood no chance with a stripped-down roster and franchise that was committed to rebuilding. His letter came across as incredibly sincere, and it’s worth reading for fans in Baltimore.
A former Boston Red Sox general manager could be in line to take over a division rival.
According to ESPN’s Buster Olney, the Orioles have contacted Ben Cherington, a former Red Sox executive who now works in the Toronto Blue Jays’ front office.
As the Orioles have searched for the new head of baseball operations, they've had contact with former Red Sox GM Ben Cherington, who works with the Jays now.
— Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) November 2, 2018
Cherington is best remembered for building the 2013 Red Sox, who went from worst to first and won the World Series. It was, however, the only winning season he presided over, as well as the only year during his tenure the Red Sox didn’t finish last in the AL East.
The Orioles are seeking a replacement for former GM Dan Duquette. Whoever takes the job will likely be signing up for a lengthy rebuild in one of baseball’s toughest divisions.
The Baltimore Orioles are cleaning house.
According to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic, the Orioles are expected to part ways with general manager and executive VP Dan Duquette, ensuring a clean break in pretty much all aspects of baseball operations.
Dan Duquette also expected to be let go by the #Orioles, sources tell The Athletic. Team already has parted ways with Buck Showalter.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) October 3, 2018
Duquette joins manager Buck Showalter in being shown the door after a disastrous 47-115 season in Baltimore. It’s been a rapid fall for the Orioles, who made the playoffs three times between 2012 and 2016 but totally collapsed this year.
It’s an obvious next step for the Orioles, who should now embark on a full rebuild. They don’t have much to start with, so the new braintrust will have quite the task ahead of them.
The Baltimore Orioles are coming off one of the worst seasons for any team in MLB history, so it would have been a pretty big surprise if they decided to keep their manager going forward. As expected, they will not.
Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Orioles are parting ways with Buck Showalter.
Buck Showalter will not be back with the #Orioles in any capacity, sources tell The Athletic.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) October 3, 2018
Showalter has been with Baltimore since 2010 and led the team to the playoffs three times during that span, but the O’s have gotten worse over each of the past three seasons. He never really stood a chance with a gutted roster this season, and Baltimore finished with just 47 wins.
If you want to know just how bad the Orioles were in 2018, one scout’s ruthless remark from a while back should give you an idea. They are heading for a total rebuild, and it makes sense to start fresh with a new manager.
The Baltimore Orioles have just four games remaining in what will go down as one of the worst seasons in MLB history, and the assumption has been that they will be searching for a new manager this winter. However, that decision has reportedly not yet been made.
According to ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick, the Orioles have not met yet to discuss the futures of manager Buck Showalter and GM Dan Duquette.
The #Orioles haven't talked to Dan Duquette or Buck Showalter about their futures and haven't made a decision on the status of either, sources say. And there's no indication precisely when the Angelos brothers plan to sit down with their GM and manager and make the call.
— Jerry Crasnick (@jcrasnick) September 28, 2018
The Orioles had won just 46 games heading into Friday, which was 11 less than the next-worst team in baseball, the Kansas City Royals. Showalter has been with Baltimore since 2010 and led the team to the playoffs three times during that span, but the O’s have gotten worse over each of the past three seasons. Showalter never stood a chance with a gutted roster this season, and it would be a surprise if a 62-year-old manager stuck around for a total rebuild.
If you want to know just how bad the Orioles have been this season, one scout’s ruthless remark from a while back should give you an idea. Even in the unlikely event that they’re willing to bring Showalter back in 2019, he might decide he no longer wants the job.