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Baltimore Orioles: Mike Elias introduced to local media

The Baltimore Orioles introduced Mike Elias as their new General Manager yesterday. As has been stated, Elias comes to Baltimore from the Houston Astros’ organization, where he was the Asst. General Manager. Elias will lay out the future course of the team as we move forward.

And as I said yesterday, it starts now. Elias’ first task will be to find a new manager for the Orioles, which one has to hope will happen soon. Elias told the media yesterday that John and Louis Angelos have given him full autonomy to make whatever decisions are necessary for the organization to build a winner (quote courtesy of Roch Kubatko, MASNsports):

We had a lot of very extensive conversations throughout this process and we sat down and we talked a ton of baseball and we all came into those conversations with very specific plans and ideas and visions in mind for what this should look like, how we should go about these things. And we were on exactly the same page with what the approach should be. For me, that is something that is necessary for them to want to hire me for this position, but also for me to want to jump on board.

Presumably, that includes the decision of who manages the club moving forward, However it should be reassuring to Orioles fans to hear that the owners are on the same page as the man they’re tasking with doing the job. As I said yesterday, this is a moment that will be remembered by fans in the future – whe the O’s are either sinking or swimming. And again, it starts…now.

Baltimore Orioles: It starts today

Mike Elias’ tenure as the Baltimore Orioles’ General Manager begins in earnest today. He’ll be introduced to the media and fans at a press conference at 11 AM today at Camden Yards. And that’s today’s news!

Whatever happens in the next five or so years will tie back to today. Sink or swim. This is a new beginning for this franchise, which is building from the ground up. So remember this moment. The future starts now.

Baltimore Orioles will have a rate equilibrium moving forward

Moving into 2019 the Baltimore Orioles are going to have a rare moment of balance in a sense between the field and the front office. Mike Elias as we know is the new GM. And assuming that the Angelos brothers are to be believed (and there’s no reason to think they shouldn’t be at this point), he’s going to have full autonomy in hiring a manager.

And that’s how franchises should work. The owner hires the manager, who in turn hires the coach/manager. But last time around that isn’t really how it worked. Andy MacPhail did hire Buck Showalter, who Dan Duquette then inherited. And going backwards from there, MacPhail inherited his manager, and so forth going back.

That isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Obviously Showalter had enough clout with ownership and his name spoke enough for itself to where Duquette had to know that Buck’s job was secure regardless of what he (Duquette) thought about him. But while there are situations where a new GM has inherited a manager and it’s worked out well, ideally a new GM is going to want his own guy running the team.

For the most part, that’s usually how it works. With a few exceptions most new coaches inherit bad teams. So lots of times the GM and head manager/coach in fact are coming in at the same time. That’s certainly the case with the Orioles. Whether or not things work out in the end is up to both parties, and of course the players.

Baltimore Orioles hire Mike Elias as their new GM

Not that it’s been any big mystery, but the Baltimore Orioles have formally hired Mike Elias as their new General Manager. Again, I’m not saying anything that hasn’t been out in the media for the better part of the second half of the week. Just covering my bases as a writer!

Elias of course comes to the Orioles from the Houston Astros’ organization, where he served as the Asst. General Manager. He’s 35 years old, and is a native of the region being from Northern Virginia. He’s been seen as an up-and-comer in the industry for some time. So now’s obviously his chance. He’s going to be the Orioles’ top guy.

The Orioles announced that Elias will have full autonomy to do what he needs to do in order to build a winner. The Orioles also said that he’ll be able to do what he needs to do to make the franchise relevant in the community. And I feel that’s a huge deal. The Orioles have long been imbedded in the Baltimore community and amongst their fans. It appears that isn’t going to change.

A press conference will be held to formally introduce Elias as the new General Manager on Monday at Camden Yards, at 11 AM EST.

Baltimore Orioles: Mike Elias to be named Birds’ GM

The Baltimore Orioles apparently have their new head man in the front office. Mike Elias, the Asst. General Manager in Houston, appears to be the choice, as first reported by USA Today’s Bob Nightengale. The move isn’t yet official, but it’s happening.

Elias has a strong background in scouting, and has worked for several different organizations. If you’re going to poach front office talent from any organization, you may as well do it from one of the more recently successful ones in Houston. Elias has met with John and Lou Angelos on various occasions. The brothers are at the owners meetings currently, which could be why the team’s hesitating just a bit to make the move official.

This move could well represent a move towards a more analytical approach to the game, which was lacking in the recent past. Elias will of course hire the next manager, and it’ll be interesting to see if he finds that person in the Houston organization. Time will tell.

Baltimore Orioles: Mike Elias to be named Birds’ GM

The Baltimore Orioles apparently have their new head man in the front office. Mike Elias, the Asst. General Manager in Houston, appears to be the choice, as first reported by USA Today’s Bob Nightengale. The move isn’t yet official, but it’s happening.

Elias has a strong background in scouting, and has worked for several different organizations. If you’re going to poach front office talent from any organization, you may as well do it from one of the more recently successful ones in Houston. Elias has met with John and Lou Angelos on various occasions. The brothers are at the owners meetings currently, which could be why the team’s hesitating just a bit to make the move official.

This move could well represent a move towards a more analytical approach to the game, which was lacking in the recent past. Elias will of course hire the next manager, and it’ll be interesting to see if he finds that person in the Houston organization. Time will tell.

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