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Orioles Officially Introduce Brandon Hyde as New Manager

December 17, 2018 - 8:22 pm

By Joe Schiller

This afternoon, the Baltimore Orioles officially introduced Brandon Hyde as their new manager.

The former Chicago Cubs bench coach becomes newest manager in franchise history, taking over for Buck Showalter, who previously spent nine seasons at the helm in Baltimore.

The Orioles finished an MLB worst 47-115 last season and enter a rebuilding phase, having traded top talent such as Manny Machado, Jonathan Schoop, Zach Britton and Kevin Gausman.

Hyde joined 105.7 The Fan’s “Vinny and Haynie” this afternoon and while not very familiar with the current Orioles roster, the 45-year-old skipper said his goal is to quickly accustom himself to his new team.

“This process happened pretty quick,” said Hyde. “I’ve been in the National League Central for five years. My next order of business – hire a coaching staff. This week I’m going to watch as much Orioles baseball from last year as I possibly can. I’m going to get on the phone and talk to as many players as I possibly can and really get to know our club.”  

“I want to be well-versed in our club before we go into Spring Training.”

Hyde will be tasked with a busy offseason as Spring Training is right around the corner, beginning on February 23rd. Only a few months later, the MLB draft takes place, where the Orioles hold the No. 1 overall pick.

Baltimore now embarks on a new era. Since the dismissal of Dan Duquette and Showalter in October, the Orioles have taken on a completely new shape. The trio of Elias, assistant general manager Sig Mejdal and Elias signal an analytically-drive approach.

“The teams that are playing in October are the teams that get the right information and get it to the players,” Hyde said. “I feel like in Chicago we did a really good job of that … I know we’re going to bring that here.”

All three hail from successful Word Series-winning franchises and understand the tools it takes to bring home the hardware. And with 16 years of professional coaching experience under his belt, Hyde has an idea of the players he wants to have on his 25-man roster.

“My type of player is a guy that’s going to grind out at bats, never take a pitch off and has got unbelievable instincts,” he said.

The Orioles open the 2019 season on March 29th with an AL East matchup against the New York Yankees.