This still gets done and the hold up is probably because the two sides are likely working out the final details of a contract. However, despite several reports indicating that Cubs bench coach Brandon Hyde has been hired as Orioles manager, Baltimore’s front office isn’t ready to say it’s a done deal.
First, Joel Sherman reported it was close and then Ken Rosenthal broke the news of the apparent hiring.
— Joel Sherman (@Joelsherman1) December 12, 2018
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) December 12, 2018
But not so fast!
Elias said no decision made on manager, no offer made and probably no hire here. Called report on Hyde, shown on TV in suite, “premature” #orioles
— Roch Kubatko (@masnRoch) December 12, 2018
Via the Baltimore Sun.
Team officials have not confirmed Hyde’s selection, though Elias had the chance to do so when he met with reporters Tuesday evening in his suite. Earlier in the media session, Elias said he hadn’t narrowed the six-candidate pool down to one, and hadn’t even crossed possible candidates from his list. He said he was “closer in the sense that I continue to work on this hire,” but that he would not anticipate it being completed by the time the winter meetings ended Thursday. He reiterated that after Hyde’s selection was addressed as premature.
“I think I need to hire a manager first,” Elias said. “I need to choose one first, and that’s step one. Once that’s the case, there’s all kinds of logistics involved. I have no way of predicting that. As I said, I think knowing where we’re at right now, I think it would be very challenging to complete this hire here in Vegas.”
Pretty weird considering at least three different publications reported the hiring, including Mark Gonzales from the Chicago Tribune.
The Cubs are playing catch-up in their plan to improve communication with players after losing another coach.
— Chicago Sports (@ChicagoSports) December 12, 2018
Well, hopefully this doesn’t completely fall apart for Hyde, as it would be his first manager position in the big leagues, but man why is everything always handled poorly with the Orioles? What a mess.
Anyway, if Hyde eventually does become the manager in Baltimore, the speculation has turned to David Ross possibly becoming the bench coach to Joe Maddon.
If Brandon Hyde indeed becomes Orioles' next manager, David Ross would be under consideration for the bench coach role on Joe Maddon's staff. There are a lot of factors in play on that front, though. Ross will be around team in 2019 regardless.
— Jordan Bastian (@MLBastian) December 12, 2018
But as happy as that reunion may be there’s no doubt that there could be some real uncomfortable moments for Joe Maddon. If the team starts off slow, or has a prolonged slump during the 2019 season, Ross will certainly be hyped up as his successor if he’s already in the dugout as bench coach.
For now Maddon doesn’t seemed too worried about his future and has one thing in mind. Winning the World Series.
Joe Maddon on his lame duck/free agent status heading into 2019: "Let's just win the World Series and see how that all plays out."
— Tony Andracki (@TonyAndracki23) December 11, 2018
We’ll all take that.