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Who Orioles believe could step up in absence of injured O'Day

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Who Orioles believe could step up in absence of injured O'Day

SAN FRANCISCO—What will the Orioles do without Darren O’Day? How long will he be lost? 

The first question is the easier one to answer. The Orioles went for seven weeks without O’Day when he suffered a strained right hamstring and went 26-18. 

“It’s going to tough. We did it before. We just kind of have to get back to that mindset we had of kind of carrying the load a little bit more with some other guys. It’s just an opportunity for another young guy to step up and do a good job,” Zach Britton said. 

Brad Brach, who didn’t retire either of the two batters he faced in Friday’s game, will have a more prominent role. So might Mychal Givens and Vance Worley. 

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“Myself and Brad just kind of continue doing what we’ve been doing, I think. It’s just…It’s going to be a group effort down there. It’s not one individual guy. We have a lot of guys throwing well, and they’re going to need to continue doing that, and some other guys that are going to maybe need to be in situations where they’re not as comfortable yet. They’re going to have to get the job done. That’s just kind of how it’s going to work.” 

Left-hander Donnie Hart, Ubaldo Jimenez and the newly recalled Tyler Wilson comprise the rest of the bullpen. 

Britton spoke with O’Day, and he knows how his colleague feels.

“I think he’s really frustrated. He prides himself being a guy who’s very consistent, durable and it’s pretty unfortunate for him right now. But I know he’s going to do everything he can to get back to us. Hopefully, within that 15 day period. Hopefully, when that time’s up he’ll be ready to go,” Britton said. 

“I can’t control who’s hurt or who’s not. Same thing with Brad. The one thing that me and him talked about the first time that Darren was injured was, “Hey, you know what? It’s not like we’re going to throw three or four innings.’ Our job is our job. Yeah, we’ve got to be a little bit sharper.”

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Orioles finally hire Brandon Hyde as new manager

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Orioles finally hire Brandon Hyde as new manager

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.

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Orioles GM Elias calls reports of Brandon Hyde being next manager "premature"

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Orioles GM Elias calls reports of Brandon Hyde being next manager "premature"

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!"

Does that mean Hyde is not the manager? Not necessarily. It likely means Elias wants the news to come out on his terms.