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Orioles name Brandon Hyde 20th manager in club history

The Orioles today announced that BRANDON HYDE has been named the 20th manager in club history. This will mark Hyde's first Major League managerial assignment. The Orioles will introduce Hyde during a press conference on Monday, December 17, at Oriole Park.

"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. "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."

The Orioles today announced that BRANDON HYDE has been named the 20th manager in club history. This will mark Hyde's first Major League managerial assignment. The Orioles will introduce Hyde during a press conference on Monday, December 17, at Oriole Park.

"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. "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."

Hyde, 45, begins his first Major League managerial role following 16 professional seasons in the coaching ranks and four professional seasons as a player. Hyde most recently served as the Chicago Cubs bench coach in 2018, his second season in this role (also in 2014). He also spent three seasons as the Cubs first base coach from 2015-17, and previously served as Chicago's director of player development from August 2012 through the 2013 season, after joining the Cubs in December of 2011 as their minor league field coordinator. The Cubs qualified for the postseason four times during his tenure, including winning the franchise's first World Series title in 108 years during the 2016 season.

Prior to joining the Cubs, Hyde spent nine seasons in the Miami Marlins organization. He served as the Marlins bench coach from June of 2010 through the end of the 2011 season, and served as Miami's interim manager on June 19, 2011 against Tampa Bay, following the resignation of manager Edwin Rodriguez. Hyde began the 2010 season as the Marlins minor league infield coordinator, his first year in that role. The previous five seasons, from 2005-09, he managed across three different levels of the Marlins minor league system. He was Double-A Jacksonville's manager during the 2009 campaign, leading the Suns to the Southern League Championship. Following the season, he also managed the Mesa Solar Sox in the Arizona Fall League. In 2008, Hyde was the manager at Class-A Advanced Jupiter, and in 2007 he served as the manager at Double-A Carolina. He managed Class-A Greensboro from 2005-06, the team that he received his professional coaching start with in 2003, serving as Greensboro's hitting coach for the second half of the 2003 season and all of 2004 before being promoted to manager.

The Santa Rosa, Calif. native signed with the Chicago White Sox organization in 1997 as an undrafted free agent out of Long Beach State University (CA). He spent four seasons in the White Sox minor league system, as a catcher and first baseman, reaching the Triple-A level in 2000. In 2001, he played 17 games for the Chico Heat of the Independent Western League. 

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Orioles Roster Moves 12/13/18

Today, the Orioles made the following roster moves:

  • Selected SS Richie Martin from the Oakland Athletics organization with the first pick in the Rule 5 Draft.
  • Acquired Rule 5 selection INF Drew Jackson from the Philadelphia Phillies in exchange for International Signing Bonus Slot Money.
  • Selected RHP Taylor Grover from the Cincinnati Reds organization with the first pick in the Triple-A phase of the Rule 5 Draft.

The Orioles currently have 40 players on the 40-man roster.

Today, the Orioles made the following roster moves:

  • Selected SS Richie Martin from the Oakland Athletics organization with the first pick in the Rule 5 Draft.
  • Acquired Rule 5 selection INF Drew Jackson from the Philadelphia Phillies in exchange for International Signing Bonus Slot Money.
  • Selected RHP Taylor Grover from the Cincinnati Reds organization with the first pick in the Triple-A phase of the Rule 5 Draft.

The Orioles currently have 40 players on the 40-man roster.

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Orioles to host 40th annual Orioles REACH holiday party

The Orioles and OriolesREACH will host 80 third-, fourth-, and fifth-grade students from The Commodore John Rodgers School for the 40th annual OriolesREACH Holiday Party at Dave & Busters in the Arundel Mills Mall on Tuesday, December 11, from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. ET.

Located in Southeast Baltimore, the school was formerly identified as a 'Turnaround School' based on struggling climate, declining enrollment, poor parent satisfaction, and low achievement. Commodore has worked to change the trajectory through a committed staff, engaged families, programmatic interventions, diverse enrichment opportunities, and community partnership. The students have continued to improve and make gains through this process, taking advantage of all opportunities the school offers. Students selected to attend the OriolesREACH Holiday Party have exhibited exemplary attendance, high academic achievement, strong character associated with the school's standards, and improvement since the beginning of the school year.

The Orioles and OriolesREACH will host 80 third-, fourth-, and fifth-grade students from The Commodore John Rodgers School for the 40th annual OriolesREACH Holiday Party at Dave & Busters in the Arundel Mills Mall on Tuesday, December 11, from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. ET.

Located in Southeast Baltimore, the school was formerly identified as a 'Turnaround School' based on struggling climate, declining enrollment, poor parent satisfaction, and low achievement. Commodore has worked to change the trajectory through a committed staff, engaged families, programmatic interventions, diverse enrichment opportunities, and community partnership. The students have continued to improve and make gains through this process, taking advantage of all opportunities the school offers. Students selected to attend the OriolesREACH Holiday Party have exhibited exemplary attendance, high academic achievement, strong character associated with the school's standards, and improvement since the beginning of the school year.

Orioles players CHRIS DAVIS, DAVID HESS, and RYAN MEISINGER are scheduled to attend along with Santa Bird, former Orioles BRIAN BASS, AL BUMBRY, and SCOTT McGREGOR. Hosting the event will be ROB LONG of 105.7 The Fan (WJZ-FM), the flagship station of the Orioles Radio Network. The players will help serve lunch, play games, sign autographs, and take photos with the children. The Orioles will also donate and distribute holiday gifts including Orioles knit hats, Orioles bat and ball sets, board games, backpacks, and more.

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Orioles announce season debut of "GEICO Orioles Hot Stove" on 105.7 The Fan

The Orioles today announced the return of the weekly "GEICO Orioles Hot Stove" on 105.7 The Fan (WJZ-FM), the flagship station of the Orioles Radio Network. Beginning on November 29, fans will be able to enjoy one hour of Orioles news, analysis, special guests, and more each week broadcast live from the 105.7 The Fan studios from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. ET. The studios are not open to the public, and the program is available exclusively via 105.7 The Fan's radio broadcast and on the Radio.com app.

Orioles Radio Network and MASN broadcaster JIM HUNTER and MASNsports.com beat writer ROCH KUBATKO will co-host the program. Orioles Executive Vice President and General Manager MIKE ELIAS will join the hosts for the season debut on November 29.

The Orioles today announced the return of the weekly "GEICO Orioles Hot Stove" on 105.7 The Fan (WJZ-FM), the flagship station of the Orioles Radio Network. Beginning on November 29, fans will be able to enjoy one hour of Orioles news, analysis, special guests, and more each week broadcast live from the 105.7 The Fan studios from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. ET. The studios are not open to the public, and the program is available exclusively via 105.7 The Fan's radio broadcast and on the Radio.com app.

Orioles Radio Network and MASN broadcaster JIM HUNTER and MASNsports.com beat writer ROCH KUBATKO will co-host the program. Orioles Executive Vice President and General Manager MIKE ELIAS will join the hosts for the season debut on November 29.

The show will broadcast from the radio studio every Thursday through February 7, 2019. Beginning on February 14, the program will be re-branded to the "GEICO Orioles Spring Training Report" with five shows originating from Sarasota, Fla. through March 14.

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Orioles offer special deals for holiday shoppers

In celebration of the start of the holiday season, the Orioles are offering several deals for holiday shoppers.

On Friday, all fans will receive a 50% discount on all purchases at the Orioles Official Team Store at Oriole Park at Camden Yards for 'Orange & Black Friday' from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. ET. This discount cannot be combined with any other offer.

In celebration of the start of the holiday season, the Orioles are offering several deals for holiday shoppers.

On Friday, all fans will receive a 50% discount on all purchases at the Orioles Official Team Store at Oriole Park at Camden Yards for 'Orange & Black Friday' from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. ET. This discount cannot be combined with any other offer.

Additionally, from Friday through midnight on Cyber Monday - Monday, November 26 - shoppers can purchase Orioles gift certificates and receive a 30% bonus on their order, available exclusively at Orioles.com while supplies last. Gift certificates are limited to a $400 maximum and are redeemable at Oriole Park for 2019 game tickets, concessions, and merchandise.

For those children ages 14 and under, memberships for the 2019 Junior Orioles Dugout Club are currently on sale. For just $25, Dugout Club subscriptions include a backpack, cap, lanyard, membership card, Orioles ear buds, and a ticket to six pre-selected Sunday home games. Dugout Club members can also purchase additional tickets at a discount for each of the six pre-selected Sunday home games ($8 for upper level and $18 for lower level) for accompanying guests. Orders placed on or before December 13 will arrive in time for Christmas. For more information, and to purchase memberships, visit Orioles.com/dugoutclub.

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Orioles name Sig Mejdal Assistant General Manager, Analytics

The Orioles today announced that SIG MEJDAL (My-dell) has been namedthe club's Assistant General Manager, Analytics, reporting to Executive Vice President and General Manager MIKE ELIAS. Mejdal will oversee all aspects of the club's growing analytics effort while assisting and advising Elias in all manner of Baseball Operations decisions.

"Sig Mejdal is one of the most experienced and accomplished analysts working in baseball today," said Elias. "To have him join our Orioles organization is a major moment for this franchise, and I look forward to him charting the course for all of our forthcoming efforts in the analytics space."

The Orioles today announced that SIG MEJDAL (My-dell) has been namedthe club's Assistant General Manager, Analytics, reporting to Executive Vice President and General Manager MIKE ELIAS. Mejdal will oversee all aspects of the club's growing analytics effort while assisting and advising Elias in all manner of Baseball Operations decisions.

"Sig Mejdal is one of the most experienced and accomplished analysts working in baseball today," said Elias. "To have him join our Orioles organization is a major moment for this franchise, and I look forward to him charting the course for all of our forthcoming efforts in the analytics space."

Mejdal just completed his 14th season in Major League Baseball, most recently serving as Special Assistant to the General Manager, Process Improvement with the Houston Astros. In this role, Mejdal supported the development, implementation, and monitoring of improvement initiatives throughout the organization. Mejdal joined the Astros in 2012 and organized the team's analytics department from its inception. He spent his seven years in Houston contributing to a variety of efforts across baseball operations ranging from data and player analysis, to the amateur draft, to the Major League team. He was a key asset in the process that helped the Astros improve their season record by more than 50 wins between 2013 and 2017, while also drafting more MLB players than any other team during his tenure. During his time, the Astros won a World Series Championship, made two American League Championship Series appearances, and won two division titles.

Prior to joining the Astros, Mejdal worked for the St. Louis Cardinals for seven seasons, spending his final season as the team's Director, Amateur Draft Analysis. During his time with the Cardinals, he was an integral part of the draft decision making processes that led to the selection of more Major League players than any other organization in that time frame. His professional baseball career began as a Quantitative Analyst for the Cardinals in 2005.

Mejdal earned bachelor's degrees in mechanical engineering and aeronautical engineering from the University of California, Davis, as well as master's degrees in operations research and cognitive psychology from San Jose State University. Prior to beginning his baseball career, he worked for NASA as a biomathematician.

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Orioles roster moves 11/20/18

This afternoon, the Orioles made the following roster moves:

• Designated INF Engelb Vielma for assignment.
• Selected the contract of RHP Dillon Tate from Double-A Bowie.

This afternoon, the Orioles made the following roster moves:

• Designated INF Engelb Vielma for assignment.
• Selected the contract of RHP Dillon Tate from Double-A Bowie.

The Orioles currently have 40 players on the 40-man roster.

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Orioles name Mike Elias Executive Vice President and General Manager

The Orioles announced Friday that Mike Elias has been named the club's next Executive Vice President and General Manager. Elias will oversee all baseball operations for the club and have full autonomy to build his staff and make decisions on all baseball matters that he believes will make the Orioles successful on the field, entertaining to fans, and impactful in the community. 

Elias just completed his 12th season in Major League Baseball, most recently serving as Assistant General Manager, Player Acquisition with the Houston Astros. Throughout his seven years in Houston, he helped to shape an Astros roster that produced back-to-back 100 win seasons, a World Series Championship, two American League Championship Series appearances, and two division titles. He was also an integral part of building one of baseball's top-ranked farm systems that routinely served to graduate talent to the Major League club.

The Orioles announced Friday that Mike Elias has been named the club's next Executive Vice President and General Manager. Elias will oversee all baseball operations for the club and have full autonomy to build his staff and make decisions on all baseball matters that he believes will make the Orioles successful on the field, entertaining to fans, and impactful in the community. 

Elias just completed his 12th season in Major League Baseball, most recently serving as Assistant General Manager, Player Acquisition with the Houston Astros. Throughout his seven years in Houston, he helped to shape an Astros roster that produced back-to-back 100 win seasons, a World Series Championship, two American League Championship Series appearances, and two division titles. He was also an integral part of building one of baseball's top-ranked farm systems that routinely served to graduate talent to the Major League club.

Elias joined the Astros in 2012 as a special assistant to the General Manager and was a key contributor to Houston's top-ranked First-Year Player Draft by Baseball America. That year, he was named the club's Director of Amateur Scouting, a role in which he served as one of the organization's top talent evaluators. In 2016, he was promoted to Assistant General Manager, Scouting and Player Development, overseeing multiple facets of baseball operations, including player development, minor league operations, and the draft. Additionally, he has led domestic and international scouting efforts for the club since 2017. 

Prior to joining the Astros, Elias spent five seasons with the St. Louis Cardinals, the last two years as the club's Manager of Amateur Scouting. During his time with the Cardinals, he signed and scouted many Major League players and contributed to the development of the scouting department and draft process. His professional career began as an amateur scout for the Cardinals in 2007. 
  
Elias, 35, is a native of Alexandria, Va., where he attended Thomas Jefferson High School. A 2006 graduate of Yale University, he was a four-time letter winner as a left-handed pitcher for the Bulldogs baseball team.

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Media invited to cover Mayors' Feed the Hungry Sorting Day this Friday at Ed Smith stadium

The Orioles will once again host the Mayors' Feed the Hungry Program Thanksgiving Sorting Day in the East Lot of Ed Smith Stadium on Friday, November 16 between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Volunteers are invited to help sort and package donated food items for pick-up by charities, food pantries, and religious institutions that serve families in need in the Sarasota area. Volunteers do not need to register in advance.

Media interested in covering the event should RSVP to credentials@orioles.com. Media parking will be available in the East Lot.
  
The Mayors' Feed the Hungry Program is a nonprofit organization that has collected and distributed more than 600 tons of food and more than $3.5 million in food gift cards given to the hungry in Sarasota and Manatee counties since 1987. The organization's Thanksgiving food drive collects more than 46 tons of non-perishable food items annually. Food is distributed through charitable groups, religious institutions, and service agencies. Mayors' Feed the Hungry also uses cash donations to distribute food gift cards.

The Orioles will once again host the Mayors' Feed the Hungry Program Thanksgiving Sorting Day in the East Lot of Ed Smith Stadium on Friday, November 16 between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Volunteers are invited to help sort and package donated food items for pick-up by charities, food pantries, and religious institutions that serve families in need in the Sarasota area. Volunteers do not need to register in advance.

Media interested in covering the event should RSVP to credentials@orioles.com. Media parking will be available in the East Lot.
  
The Mayors' Feed the Hungry Program is a nonprofit organization that has collected and distributed more than 600 tons of food and more than $3.5 million in food gift cards given to the hungry in Sarasota and Manatee counties since 1987. The organization's Thanksgiving food drive collects more than 46 tons of non-perishable food items annually. Food is distributed through charitable groups, religious institutions, and service agencies. Mayors' Feed the Hungry also uses cash donations to distribute food gift cards.

The program is endorsed by the mayors of Sarasota, Bradenton, Palmetto, Venice, Longboat Key, Holmes Beach, Bradenton Beach, Anna Maria, and North Port, as well as the chairs of the Sarasota County and Manatee County Commissions. For more information, visit www.mayorsfeedthehungry.org. 

The Orioles' participation with the Mayors' Feed the Hungry Program is part of Sarasota 365, a host of initiatives through which the Baltimore Orioles and OriolesREACH demonstrate the ballclub's year-round engagement with the Greater Sarasota community. An independent analysis commissioned by Sarasota County Government concluded that the Orioles generate approximately $97 million in annual economic impact back to taxpayers and residents. By marketing Sarasota to fans in the Mid-Atlantic region, operating a year-round athletic training facility, producing entertainment and sporting events, partnering with charitable causes, and hosting and often subsidizing youth sports tournaments and activities, the Orioles demonstrate an abiding commitment to their Florida home that goes far beyond baseball. For more information, visit www.orioles.com/Sarasota.

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Orioles roster moves 11/2/18

Friday afternoon, the Orioles reinstated the following players from the 60-day disabled list:

·         RHP Pedro Araujo (right elbow strain)

Friday afternoon, the Orioles reinstated the following players from the 60-day disabled list:

·         RHP Pedro Araujo (right elbow strain)

·         LHP Richard Bleier (left shoulder latissimus strain)

·         OF Austin Hays (right ankle surgery)

·         OF Mark Trumbo (right knee inflammation)

The Orioles currently have 40 players on the 40-man roster.

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Orioles roster moves 11/1/18

This evening, the Orioles outrighted the following players to Triple-A Norfolk:
•    LHP Sean Gilmartin
•   INF Corban Joseph
•   INF Jace Peterson 
•   RHP Gabriel Ynoa
(reinstated from the 60-day disabled list prior to outright)
 
The Orioles have agreed to terms with INF Corban Joseph and RHP Gabriel Ynoa on 2019 minor league contracts. LHP Sean Gilmartin and INF Jace Peterson have elected free agency. The Orioles currently have 36 players on the 40-man roster.

This evening, the Orioles outrighted the following players to Triple-A Norfolk:
•    LHP Sean Gilmartin
•   INF Corban Joseph
•   INF Jace Peterson 
•   RHP Gabriel Ynoa
(reinstated from the 60-day disabled list prior to outright)
 
The Orioles have agreed to terms with INF Corban Joseph and RHP Gabriel Ynoa on 2019 minor league contracts. LHP Sean Gilmartin and INF Jace Peterson have elected free agency. The Orioles currently have 36 players on the 40-man roster.

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Orioles Roster Move 10/31/18

This afternoon, the Orioles made the following roster move:

OF John Andreoli was claimed off waivers by Seattle. The Orioles currently have 39 players on the 40-man roster.

This afternoon, the Orioles made the following roster move:

OF John Andreoli was claimed off waivers by Seattle. The Orioles currently have 39 players on the 40-man roster.

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Orioles roster move 10/30/18

This afternoon, the Orioles made the following roster move:
 
•   Selected the contract of RHP Branden Kline from Double-A Bowie. The Orioles currently have 40 players on the 40-man roster.

This afternoon, the Orioles made the following roster move:
 
•   Selected the contract of RHP Branden Kline from Double-A Bowie. The Orioles currently have 40 players on the 40-man roster.

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International player signing announcement

The Orioles have agreed to terms with international player OF J'RUDJEANON ISENIA (ROOD-juh-nawn EE-señ-ya), a 16-year-old out of Curaçao. Photographs from his contract signing are attached, courtesy of the Baltimore Orioles.

Director of Player Development BRIAN GRAHAM provided the following quote: "Isenia is a right-handed-hitting outfielder with above average tools and a good swing. He is a very coachable young player who we look forward to developing."
 

The Orioles have agreed to terms with international player OF J'RUDJEANON ISENIA (ROOD-juh-nawn EE-señ-ya), a 16-year-old out of Curaçao. Photographs from his contract signing are attached, courtesy of the Baltimore Orioles.

Director of Player Development BRIAN GRAHAM provided the following quote: "Isenia is a right-handed-hitting outfielder with above average tools and a good swing. He is a very coachable young player who we look forward to developing."
 

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International player signings announcement

The Orioles have agreed to terms with the following four international players:

OF KEVIN INFANTE, an 18-year-old out of Cuba
OF ANGEL GOMEZ, a 17-year-old out of Venezuela
RHP KELVIN LAROCHE, a 19-year-old out of the Dominican Republic
SS GILBERT MACHADO, a 17-year-old out of Venezuela

The Orioles have agreed to terms with the following four international players:

OF KEVIN INFANTE, an 18-year-old out of Cuba
OF ANGEL GOMEZ, a 17-year-old out of Venezuela
RHP KELVIN LAROCHE, a 19-year-old out of the Dominican Republic
SS GILBERT MACHADO, a 17-year-old out of Venezuela

Director of Player Development Brian Graham provided the following quote:

"Infante is a right-handed-hitting corner outfielder who also possesses the skill set to play second base. He's a plus runner with a good offensive approach, and we believe that he will develop to be a productive hitter. Gomez is a well-rounded, right-handed hitting outfielder who can run, throw, and play all three outfield positions. LaRoche is a durable, right-handed pitcher, whose consistent delivery allows him to throw strikes. Machado is a natural shortstop with plus defensive skills and athleticism. We look forward to having our player development staff work with all four players to further enhance their skills."
 

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