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  1. Aberdeen makes sense because there was a hitting coach opening there and he’s already based in Harford County. Seems like a perfect fit for him.
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    FanFest Notes and Anecdotes

    Did anyone attend the Analytics session with Sig Mejdal & Koby Perez? I haven’t seen any reports out there about it.
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    FanFest Notes and Anecdotes

    Looks like there is an analytics session with Sig Mejdal & Koby Perez, which will probably be one of the most interesting sessions tomorrow. Whoever attends this, please take some notes and share whatever you can.
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    FanFest Notes and Anecdotes

    I thought I’d start a thread dedicated to FanFest so that those that are attending can post info about their experience and any key info they learned at the Q & A sessions with Elias & Hyde, coaches, players, etc. Since people like me won’t be able to attend, I think this will be valuable for those of us that are looking for any nuggets of info we can get regarding the team. I’m sure the media guys like Roch, Melewski, etc. will be posting blog entries and live tweeting about the goings on at FanFest, but I have always liked getting perspectives from the fans in attendance.
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    Congratulations, Moose!

    He’s an Oriole, and should go in the HOF as such. I know he left town on a sour note, which I blame mostly on Peter Angelos, but Moose knows his best years were in Baltimore, and the numbers prove it. He is an Orioles Hall of Famer, but I don’t think he’s a Yankees Hall of Famer. Moose also spent 10 seasons in Baltimore vs. 8 years with the Yankees. He was always the ace of the Orioles, while he was never the ace of the Yankees. I will be very disappointed if he goes in as a Yankee. If he goes in as an Oriole, he should get a statue and have a ceremony. We need to welcome him back into the Oriole family with open arms and make him feel special, which he deserves. He never wanted to leave here in the first place.
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    Who's gonna be the pitching coach?

    Brocail was clearly an Elias hire, or at least recommended by Elias to Hyde because of their prior time together with the Astros. At the very least, Brocail speaks Elias’ language when it comes to understanding analytics and how they want to do things from a pitching process standpoint. Brocail and Chris Holt, our new minor league pitching coordinator, also worked together in Houston, so they should be on the same page right off the bat with understanding how they want to implement the pitching program throughout the organization.
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    Orioles Entertainment?

    Just more proof that Peter Angelos doesn’t run the show anymore. He would have never let this happen, so this is just another feather in the caps of John & Lou. I like the direction this franchise is going in.
  8. The Astros didn’t hire Jeff Luhnow to be their GM until early December 2011, and he officially hired Sig Mejdal & Mike Elias in early January 2012. Those were his only true outside hires in his first year as GM (with a few exceptions, such as Mike Fast in Analytics) and then starting in 2013, he began clearing out the old Astros front office personnel and bringing in his own people, including David Stearns to be his assistant GM. That’s what I expect to happen here as well. Elias has already brought in Sig to be his assistant GM, but otherwise, I don’t expect him to make any wholesale front office changes until next offseason, when he’ll have a full offseason to conduct business. Getting off to a late start doesn’t help, just as it won’t help Hyde with putting together his ideal coaching staff, but this is not unprecedented by any means, with the 2012 Astros being the perfect example.
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    Brian Graham Out

    I have a feeling that if Brady stays, he will be named as a Special Assistant to the EVP/GM. Most organizations have these, and in Houston, Jeff Luhnow had 3 special assistants, all of whom were former Astros, in Craig Biggio, Roger Clemens & Enos Cabell. Unless Elias truly feels that Brady offers no value to him or that he would go behind his back to sabotage his efforts, I think the best role for Brady would be as a special assistant that Elias has full control over. Brady would basically be “on call” and be given various special assignments as Elias sees fit. This would also allow Brady to keep his home base in California and fly to wherever he is needed, rather than have a main office at the warehouse. I have a feeling Brady would be comfortable with this, not to mention it would still be a fairly prominent title/role in the organization. We should probably find out what his role will be moving forward, if any, in the coming weeks.
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    Potential Scouting Directors

    Some other names to keep an eye on for potential scouting directors are the trio of Aaron Looper, Sean Moran & Jamal Strong with the Cardinals. All 3 are long time Cardinals scouts that worked with Mike Elias when he was with St. Louis, and they know the scouting system/process that Elias wants to establish in Baltimore. Looper & Moran are currently the Cardinals national cross checkers, and Strong is a special assistant to the scouting director, so it would be a promotion for all 3 of them to become Orioles scouting director. Since it appears that Kris Gross is in line to be promoted to scouting director in Houston, that makes it less likely for Elias to be able to get him to come to Baltimore. Therefore, unless Elias is looking to hire a VP of Scouting & Player Development, which would open up the pool of candidates further, I wouldn’t be surprised if he focuses on hiring 1 of these 3 guys with the Cardinals for the reasons listed above.
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    Potential Scouting Directors

    That’s why we should be thankful that Peter is no longer running the organization. He is the source of all the dysfunction that has existed in this organization for over 20 years, and at least so far, it appears that John & Lou are not going to allow that to happen any longer. It’s not fair to assume guilt by association and blame them for the sins of their father. Based on all their words and actions since taking over for Peter early in the 2018 season, they seem to “get it” and understand what not to do if they want to have a functional and ultimately successful organization moving into the future. When they picked Elias to lead the baseball operation instead of a retread like Colletti, that made a major statement to me that things are going to be different, for the better, from now on.
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    Potential Scouting Directors

    Fortunately, Elias didn’t need permission to hire Sig Mejdal because he let his contract expire with the Astros, so he doesn’t count against the limit. So far Chris Holt is the only Astros personnel that has been hired, and he is on the development side. I would think Elias will have the right to hire someone from the scouting side as well, but can’t say that with any certainty.
  13. Based on Elias’ background with the Astros & Cardinals, if I had to take an educated guess as to who he may be targeting for the scouting director position, I would think Kris Gross of the Astros & Jaron Madison of the Cubs would be his top choices. Elias worked under Madison (who was the assistant scouting director under Luhnow) with the Cardinals from 2008-2009, and Madison has experience as both a scouting director & director of player development (he’s currently the Cubs director of PD). For that reason, I could see Elias offering Madison the job of VP of Scouting & Player Development, which would be a promotion and conceivably put him one step away from being a GM. I would have to think this would be attractive to Madison, who not only has worked with Elias before, but has always worked for organizations that heavily use analytics to help with decision making (he has worked under the Theo Epstein tree for many years). As for Kris Gross, he is the current national cross checker for the Astros, but he and Elias have been working together for many years going back to when both were area scouts with the Cardinals. Unless the Astros promote him to scouting director (essentially replacing Elias in that role), I would think he is one of the top candidates to become the Orioles next scouting director. I would assume he and Elias are close from having worked together for many years, not to mention he intimately knows the scouting process that Elias likely plans to implement, so he would be a natural fit for the job. Elias will need to get permission to interview both Madison & Gross, since I assume both are still under contract with their respective teams, but I would be surprised if he doesn’t reach out to both of them about the job, and would think the odds are high that one of them gets offered the job based on their prior working relationships.
  14. I think it’s interesting that Sig Mejdal was given the title of Assistant GM, Analytics. What this tells me is that Mike Elias may be planning to hire another Assistant GM who would be in charge of scouting & player development, and that is why Sig’s Assistant GM title specified that it’s for Analytics. If Sig’s title was just Assistant GM, I would assume that means he would be the clear 2nd in command in all facets of baseball ops. But since the title specifies Analytics, that should allow Elias to hire a second Assistant GM (possibly one of his former colleagues with the Astros), and therefore he should have a lot of strong options to choose from with other teams, namely an up and comer who would jump at the chance for a promotion to Assistant GM leading a specific department like scouting or player development, or both. Elias indicated in an interview after his introduction that he was planning to create new positions in the organization, and this could be part of what he was referring to. Getting creative with titles is a smart way to bring good, highly-qualified people into the organization under the guise of a promotion from a current job.
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    Update: Elias brings in Sig Mejdal:

    If these moves don’t confirm to all Oriole fans that John & Lou aren’t running the organization like their father did, I don’t know what will. The Brady factor aside, I think it’s very clear that times are changing, and John & Lou are committed to making the Orioles a source of pride among fans and in the community once again. They seem to get it, unlike their father, and it’s truly a breath of fresh air. I can handle the losing as long as I know the organization has a clear plan to become long-term contenders again, and with the hires of Elias & Sig, I feel extremely confident that this is going to happen, it’s just going to take some time.