11:10 PM EST, Tue November 20, 2018
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John and Louis Angelos demonstrate their way of running the Orioles

Monday’s introduction of Mike Elias as the Orioles’ new executive vice president and general manager was an opportunity to learn how the team’s new head of baseball operations will construct an organization. Perhaps more fascinating, it was a chance to see how John and Louis Angelos will run that organization. When their father, owner Peter […]
Nov 19, 2018

Elias says Orioles can win again if they trust the process

BALTIMORE—The hiring of Mike Elias as the Orioles’ new Executive Vice President and General Manager is important for the team, and his Monday introduction served not only as his debut, but a demonstration that a new era for the team was here. The 35-year-old Elias, who was appropriately dressed in an orange tie, sate between […]
Nov 19, 2018

The Mike Elias era with Orioles begins today

The Mike Elias era in Baltimore begins at 11 a.m. That’s when Elias will be introduced as the Orioles’ executive vice president and general manager. Elias, who will be the first person to carry the GM title since Frank Wren in 1999, has been promised “full autonomy.” That phrase delighted skeptical Orioles fans. Elias’ hiring […]
Nov 17, 2018

Calling the Pen: An interview with a friend and schoolmate of Babe Ruth

George Herman “Babe” Ruth was back in the news this week. On Thursday, Jane Leavy, author of “The Big Fella,” talked about what motivated her to write a new biography about Ruth at the Light Street branch of the Enoch Pratt Free Library. On Friday, Ruth, who died in 1948, was awarded the Presidential Medal […]
Nov 16, 2018

Orioles name Elias executive VP and General Manager

The Mike Elias era has begun. Elias was named as the Orioles Executive Vice President and General Manager on Friday, and will be introduced at a Monday press conference at Oriole Park. Elias will be introduced at that 11 a.m. press conference by Orioles Executive Vice President John Angelos and ownership representative Louis Angelos. In […]
Nov 16, 2018

Diner Question: What should Elias’ priorities be?

Mike Elias is expected to be named the Orioles’ new head of baseball operations. The announcement could come Friday. Elias, who has been the assistant general manager of the Houston Astros, has experience in analytics, scouting and player development — acknowledged weaknesses for the Orioles. The Orioles conducted a six-week search to find a successor […]
Nov 15, 2018

Obstacles facing Elias with Orioles are formidable

The obstacles facing Mike Elias, the soon-to-be named head of the Orioles baseball operations department are enormous. The opportunity is just as great. Elias’ reported hiring after a six-week search has drawn positive comments from fans who don’t know much about the 35-year-old but like that he’s both experienced in analytics and was responsible for […]
Nov 14, 2018

Orioles’ search could be nearing an end

Six weeks after the Orioles dismissed Executive Vice President of Baseball Operations Dan Duquette, reports indicate that the team could be naming Houston Astros assistant General Manager Mike Elias as his successor. Elias, who succeeded David Stearns as Astros GM Jeff Luhnow’s chief assistant three years ago when Stearns went to Milwaukee as the Brewers […]
Nov 13, 2018

Baltimore loves Babe Ruth, but did he return the love?

Baltimore has certainly attached itself to Babe Ruth. There’s the charming “Babe Ruth Museum and Birthplace,” located just a short walk from Oriole Park at Camden Yards, which celebrates the life and career of the legendary slugger. But, Ruth didn’t feel nearly the same attachment to Baltimore that the city feels to him. That’s one […]
Nov 13, 2018

Which hitters have dominated the Orioles the most in their careers?

The retirement of the Minnesota Twins’ Joe Mauer over the weekend got me thinking about hitters in MLB history who have been constant thorns in the Orioles’ side. Mauer was one such player. During his 15-year career, all with the Twins, he posted a .339 batting average and .500 slugging percentage versus Orioles’ pitching, both […]
Nov 12, 2018

Orioles hope there’s a market for Trumbo

The Orioles hope that Mark Trumbo returns healthy from his knee surgery and plays well enough that there’s a trade market for him next July. For now, the Orioles have no choice but to hang on to the slugger, who projects to be the team’s designated hitter if he’s healthy. The team would have loved […]
Nov 9, 2018

Calling the Pen: Buck Showalter writes a letter to Baltimore

When I met with Andy MacPhail about the Orioles job, I knew Baltimore was a great baseball city. I knew what the tenor was like, I knew what the atmosphere was like. When I was at ESPN, I was at peace with my life. It was a great time. My son was a senior in […]
Nov 8, 2018

Diner Question: Which veterans deserve to get into the Hall of Fame?

Earlier, this week, the Hall of Fame announced 10 finalists for consideration in the “Today’s Game” era. Seven of the 10 have played for the Orioles, and one, Davey Johnson played and managed the team. Harold Baines, Albert Belle, Joe Carter, Will Clark, Lou Piniella and Lee Smith are the others who’ve played for the […]
Nov 7, 2018

Orioles shouldn’t rush into trades for Cashner and Cobb

Sure, there are no untouchables on a team that loses 115 games. But, the Orioles still need to make sure that there’s no repeat of September 2018. Due to injuries to Andrew Cashner and Alex Cobb, former manager Buck Showalter was reduced to using marginal bullpen prospects to start games in the season’s final few […]
Nov 6, 2018

A Closer Look at Some Candidates for Top Orioles Baseball Job

Over the past week, there have been reports that the Orioles have interviewed several candidates for their head of baseball operations. Let’s take a closer look at four of those who have been mentioned in reports. Ben Cherington Cherington is 44, and for the last two years has been the Toronto Blue Jays’ Vice President […]