Former Cubs coach Brandon Hyde named Orioles new manager

The Baltimore Orioles have finally officially filled their managerial vacancy. The ballclub announced that Chicago Cubs bench coach Brandon Hyde has been hired as the 20th manager in franchise history.

Joel Sherman of the New York Post reported the hiring was likely on Tuesday. The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal later reported it was essentially a done deal. General manager Mike Elias then issued a strong denial shortly after those reports surfaced, but the deal is done now.

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The Orioles were the lone remaining team with a managerial vacancy. That it took past the winter meetings is largely because the Orioles only named Mike Elias their general manager in mid-November.

Brandon Hyde is not a name that will be familiar to most baseball fans. But it seems he impressed Elias during the interview process. The Orioles had been reportedly considering six finalists, which included Rockies bench coach Mike Redmond, Nationals bench coach Chip Hale, and former Indians and Nationals manager Manny Acta.

Chicago Cubs bench coach Brandon Hyde will be the Baltimore Orioles new manager. (Getty Images)
Chicago Cubs bench coach Brandon Hyde will be the Baltimore Orioles new manager. (Getty Images)

Who is Brandon Hyde?

After playing sparingly in the majors between 1997 and 2001, Hyde has gone on to have an extended career in coaching. He managed in the Marlins organization from 2005 to 2009. In 2010, he was named the Marlins interim bench coach and ended up managing one game in place of Edwin Rodriguez.

Hyde took over as Joe Maddon’s bench coach with the Chicago Cubs last season after Davey Martinez was hired as Washington Nationals manager. While Hyde obviously doesn’t have much experience in the MLB hot seat, his work as a bench coach has undoubtedly given him a manager’s perspective.

The rebuilding Orioles are coming off a 115-loss season in 2018. The hope would be that Hyde could grow into his new role as the team develops its next batch of stars. Some might say it’s not the best place to begin a managerial career. But it would be an opportunity for Hyde to develop his own reputation by showing what type of teacher and leader he can be.

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