Orioles Recent Hires Just What The Team Needs

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Orioles Recent Hires Just What The Team Needs

Adam Carroll, Staff

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A new era is right around the corner in Baltimore with the Orioles hiring Mike Elias as general manager and Brandon Hyde as manager. 

The credentials of both Elias and Hyde are just what the Orioles needed after a dismal 2018 season in which they won only 47 games, one of the worst seasons in MLB history. 

One thing these two men have in common is that they were involved in rebuilding processes which eventually led to World Series titles. 

Before being hired by the O’s, Elias was employed by the Houston Astros. Due to his background in scouting with the St Louis Cardinals, he first served as the director of amateur scouting. In this capacity, he was credited with the Astros drafting Carlos Correa, who would go on to win the AL Rookie of the Year award in 2015.  

In 2016, Elias was promoted to assistant general manager. The next year, the Astros won their first World Series ever, completing a turnaround after years of futility. 

As for Hyde, his experience as a bench coach is what made him a great hire. First, he spent a few years with the Florida Marlins as bench coach and then joined the Chicago Cubs for the 2014 season. He spent time as bench coach and first base coach, and during his time in Chicago, the Cubs became World Series contenders, finally winning it all in 2016, after 108 years without a championship. 

Although Hyde didn’t have as big a role in helping his team win a championship as Elias did, what he learned in his role as bench coach will be an asset for him. The bench coach is the second in command behind the manager, which means if something happens to the manager, he’ll likely be the one to step in as the acting skipper. In 2011, Hyde had fill in as the manager for the Marlins for a game after then manager Edwin Rodriguez suddenly resigned. 

This experience from both Elias and Hyde made them perfect fits for the Orioles. The experience they bring to the table is exactly what they need to start the rebuilding process. While this process won’t be overnight, Elias’ scouting experience and Hyde’s coaching experience will complement each other. These skills will help with picking out good players and developing them into superstars.