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Orioles clean house, fire 11 members of scouting and front office departments

Orioles clean house, fire 11 members of scouting and front office departments

Baltimore Orioles executive vice president and general manager Mike Elias is dedicated to altering the direction of the organization and that was reciprocated Friday with the firing of 11 members of the scouting and front office departments.  

"We're in a period of change right now with the industry and we're in a period of change right now with the Orioles," Elias said. "Sometimes to make changes you've got to make changes."

Among those relieved were baseball operations director Tripp Norton, scouts Dean Albany, Jim Howard, John Gillette, Nathan Showalter, and Buck Showalter. 

Elias acknowledged the uphill battle ahead of filling numerous voids but insists it's just a part of the job 

"We're going to be very busy bringing people into this organization," he said. "This is just the organization moving along and adapting to the sport today."

Just one day removed from a judge confirming that the Orioles owe the Nationals nearly $300 million, Elias insisted this move isn't to save money.

"There are changes going on in the scouting business in terms of greater availability of information in general, video and data," Elias said. "There are instances where we will replace people's roles kind of man for man, head for head, spot for spot, but there's other instances where we're reconfiguring the way the scouts go about their business."

The O's will look completely different from this point out and players won't be the only changes.

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Orioles Roundup: Orioles top last season's win total with victory in Detroit

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Orioles Roundup: Orioles top last season's win total with victory in Detroit

The Orioles beat the Tigers 6-2 in the first of a four-game set in Detroit, a series that will likely determin who comes away with the top pick in the 2020 MLB Draft. 
Here are the latest news and notes.

Player Updates:

SP Aaron Brooks tossed 5.1 innings in Detroit, allowing two runs on seven hits and five walks. The starter struck failed to strike out a batter, and his ERA still sits above 6 on the season. 

OF DJ Stewart crushed his second home run of the season to increase the Orioles lead to 3-0. The former first-round pick is still hitting just .228 at the Major League level this season.

Injuries:

RP Josh Rogers, Elbow, 60-day IL, Out indefinitely 

SP Alex Cobb, Back, 60-day IL, 2020

Coming Up:

Saturday, 9/14: Orioles at Tigers, 6:10 p.m., Comerica Park

Sunday, 9/15: Orioles at Tigers, 1:10 p.m., Comerica Park

Monday, 9/16: Orioles at Tigers, 4:10 p.m., Comerica Park

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Orioles Roundup: Jonathan Villar's homer is on its way to Cooperstown

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Orioles Roundup: Jonathan Villar's homer is on its way to Cooperstown

The Orioles defeated the Dodgers in the second game of their three-game series. 

Here are the latest news and notes.

Player Updates:

2B Jonathan Villar will not get to keep his home run ball from Wednesday's win over the Dodgers as the score marked home run number 6,106 on the MLB season and set the league-wide record for most homers ever in a season.

Injuries:

RP Josh Rogers, Elbow, 60-day IL, Out indefinitely 

SP Alex Cobb, Back, 60-day IL, 2020

Coming Up:

Thursday, 9/12: Dodgers at Orioles, 7:05 p.m., Oriole Park at Camden Yards

Friday, 9/13: Orioles at Tigers, 7:10 p.m., Comerica Park

Saturday, 9/14: Orioles at Tigers, 6:10 p.m., Comerica Park

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