Brandon Hyde has officially been named the new manager of the Baltimore Orioles. Officially, this time! Of course the news broke earlier this week when GM Mike Elias was at the Winter Meetings. Elias said that the rumors were “premature,” however at the end of the day anyone who follows the Orioles knew them to be true.
The Orioles have called a press conference for noon on Monday to introduce Hyde to the media, however Elias has already released a statement:
After conducting an intensive search, I believe that we have found the ideal leader for the next era of Orioles baseball. Brandon’s deep background in player development and Major League coaching, most recently helping to shape the Cubs into a world champion, has thoroughly prepared him for this job and distinguished him throughout our interview process. I look forward to introducing him to our fans next week and to working together with him to build the next great Orioles team.Quote courtesy of Roch Kubatko, MASNsports
Hyde of course was the bench coach for the Chicago Cubs, but previous to his stint on the south side he managed for five seasons in the Marlins’ organization. Hyde of course has big shoes to fill in those of Buck Showalter. Obviously where the franchise goes from here on the field is entirely the accountability of Hyde. My hope is that regardless of the fact that he’s replacing a beloved legend, Orioles’ fans will welcome him. And give him a fair shake at the future.