The Orioles are getting confident about their playoff chances. So confident that on Thursday, theyll send out invoices to season ticket holders for playoff tickets.This timeframe is right in line with what Major League Baseball suggests for all teams involved in a playoff race, and considering that if the season ended today we would be in the playoffs, we believe the timing is appropriate, Greg Bader, the Orioles director of communications said.We are quite confident that by making these preparations now, we are ensuring a smooth transition if we are fortunate enough to make the playoffs this season.Full season ticket holders will be permitted to buy tickets for all 10 possible postseason gamesfrom a wild card game through the World Series. If the Orioles make it all the way to the World Series for the first time since 1983, they would host Games 3, 4 and if necessary Game 5. If the team wins in the wild card game, theyd have two home games in the divisional series. Twenty-nine game plan holders are invoiced for five gamesthe wild card, a division, two ALCS and a World Series game. Thirteen game plan holders get a division, an ALCS and a World Series game.Prices for the wild card and divisional series games would be about the same as for single seat regular season prime games, which range between 10 and 95.There would be hefty markups for potential League Championship Series and World Series games. LCS tickets would probably cost about 50 percent more than prime regular season games and World Series about three times as much.The Orioles havent played in the postseason since 1997.Plan holders have until Sept. 7 to purchase their tickets. They can either pay for their tickets in full or pay a non-refundable down payment for 50 percent of next years season tickets.Individual tickets for postseason games will go on sale in mid-September.
The Orioles have finally found their man.
After entering the Winter Meetings without having yet hired their new manager, a rarity in this era of baseball, the Orioles announced Friday that they had hired Brandon Hyde to fill the role.
Hyde joins the organization after spending half a decade in Chicago under Joe Maddon, and many years prior with the Marlins. He has a long background in player development, something that was important to new Orioles GM Mike Elias, which makes sense considering the state of the organization and their upcoming rebuilding process.
Hyde is 45, so he’ll have the opportunity to stick in Baltimore for a long time if he finds success, however, Elias defines it, in the next few seasons. Many times, the manager leading a team as it embarks on an organizational rebuild is not the same one who leads them back into contention, but the Orioles front office will certainly hope Hyde is up to both tasks.
“After conducting an intensive search, I believe that we have found the ideal leader for the next era of Orioles baseball,” said Mike Elias, Orioles Executive Vice President and General Manager, in a statement released Friday.
“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.”
Elias was thought to have preferred someone with Major League experience, so as to avoid saddling an up-and-coming manager with multiple 90-plus loss seasons inevitably on the horizon in Baltimore. Hyde technically has experience coaching in the big leagues, though it comes in the form of a single game. The Marlins lost his one game as acting manager 2-1 to the Rays, and Jack McKeon was named interim manager the next day.
Maddon has developed a reputation as a stellar communicator and somebody open to analytics, and it stands to reason that Hyde would follow a similar style of leadership, especially considering how critical those traits are in the eyes of Elias.
Hyde replaces Buck Showalter, a beloved figure in Baltimore after his 8 ½ seasons at the helm brought winning baseball back to a city desperate for relevancy. Showalter’s contract was not renewed at the end of this past season, an understandable decision given his age and how long it will be until the franchise is ready to compete again.
Reports swirled about Hyde being named the 20th manager in franchise history as early as Tuesday at the Winter Meetings, though Elias and the front office were quick to emphasize that nothing was official at the time. In the end, Hyde does end up accepting the job, and he’ll be introduced at a press conference Monday.
Nationals bench coach Chip Hale was, along with Hyde, one of six finalists who interviewed for the position, so the Nats won’t be losing a valuable piece of their staff.
The Orioles are in the honeymoon phase of the rebuild, where hope springs eternal and the losses to come haven’t set in yet. Hyde checks all the boxes for what Elias was looking for, and despite his relative inexperience, he’s someone who should excite, if not necessarily inspire, the fanbase in Charm City.
Orioles fans won’t have many exciting acquisitions to cheer on in the near future, but they may have just made one of their most impactful. The O’s finally have their GM-Manager combination set for the foreseeable future, and they’ll hope to experience as much success and more as the previous regime.
Orioles new general manager Mike Elias is a busy man out in Las Vegas. Not only is he looking to add much needed talent to Baltimore's roster but he is also searching for a new manager. Elias interviewed six candidates, including Nationals bench coach Chip Hale, for the vacancy. On Monday, Elias said they were “pretty far along in the process.”
Then the reports surfaced on Tuesday that the Orioles had found their man.
For a second straight year, Joe Maddon's bench coach has landed a managerial job (Davey Martinez).
But, in the words of College Gameday's Lee Corso "Not so fast my friend!"
Elias said no decision made on manager, no offer made and probably no hire here. Called report on Hyde, shown on TV in suite, “premature” #orioles— Roch Kubatko (@masnRoch) December 12, 2018
Does that mean Hyde is not the manager? Not necessarily. It likely means Elias wants the news to come out on his terms.
Asked what’s the value of keeping search close to the vest, Elias replied, “I don’t see any value in not keeping it close to the vest.” #orioles— Roch Kubatko (@masnRoch) December 12, 2018