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Phil Rogers: Brandon Hyde Will Be Consistent, Steady For Orioles

January 8, 2019
In what will almost certainly be a multi-year rebuilding project for the Baltimore Orioles, new manager Brandon Hyde will be a steadying presence in the clubhouse, according to Forbes' Phil Rogers, a longtime Chicago-based sportswriter.

"He is a very consistent, very steady guy. He'll be the same one day as the next," Rogers said on The Bat Around with Stan "The Fan" Charles Dec. 15. "If you look at his background, he's very similar to the guy he's worked for the last four years in Joe Maddon, although as far as his presence in the Cubs organization, he's more of a Theo Epstein guy than a Maddon guy. Theo brought him there, and he worked in a lot of different roles for the Cubs."

Hyde, 45, served as director of player development, first base coach and bench coach for the Chicago Cubs from 2013-2018 after spending three seasons in the Marlins' organization. He served as the Miami Marlins' interim manager for one game in 2011. 

During his time with the Cubs, Hyde earned the respect of Epstein, the club's president of baseball operations.

"He is a guy that impressed Theo Epstein with his organizational skills and his ability to understand and to process the data and the names and scouting reports that came across his computer screen when he didn't have the uniform on," said Rogers, who has written for and the Chicago Tribune in the past. 

"I think there's a side of him that has sort of gone unseen, but when you impress Theo Epstein you've worked really hard and you've got a quick mind that can process information," he added.

As for what Hyde's managing style will be, it's difficult to say until he puts on the uniform, Rogers said.

"From watching major leagues, for me, it's really impossible to project how a guy is going to act as a manager based on how he acted as a coach because there's something about a manager's office that changes things for guys," he said. "Brandon Hyde has worked for all different guys and all those different roles. I think you're going to have to let him get into spring training and let April come along and kind of make observations along the way. I think it's kind of impossible to anticipate."

Hyde's sudden emergence as a managerial candidate was a surprise to some, but the former minor league player's rise can be attributed to his experience with the Marlins and Cubs.

"They've been the winningest team in the majors over the last four years," Rogers said of the Cubs. "And I think around the majors, the Theo Epstein stamp of approval rings as loud as anyone could anywhere. Brandon Hyde is field-tested with that team. I think he's just accumulated it that way."

The change in the role of the major league manager has also played a role in Hyde seemingly coming out of nowhere to become the Orioles' manager, Rogers said. With the rise of analytics, teams' front offices have grown and gained more authority, and owners are more involved in everyday operations.

"These hires in this era, I think you do tend to find these guys you don't know a lot about until they get on the job," he said.

Rogers said the "self-promotion" tactics used by coaches in previous decades to be considered for manager positions aren't common anymore.

"I don't think that happens in this era," Rogers said. "I think guys gravitate upward with their resumes. I think you see that with Brandon."

For more from Rogers, listen to the full interview here:

Photo Credit: Courtesy of the Baltimore Orioles