Questions awaiting Elias at Monday’s introduction

With the news on Friday that Mike Elias had been hired by the Orioles as executive vice president and general manager, anticipation spun into reality, the next set of questions can be tackled at Monday morning’s introduction inside the auxiliary clubhouse at Camden Yards. Among the points that Elias can address: * Is it true that former Astros sabermetrics analyst Sig Mejdal will join the ... read more

Looking at a few of the decisions awaiting Elias

The hiring of Mike Elias as executive vice president and general manager doesn’t remove all of the uncertainty attached to the franchise. It barely makes a dent. Elias was the biggest piece, of course, as the person who will run the baseball operations department. Who will assemble the rest of the front office, choose a manager and drag the scouting department into the 21st century. ... read more

Elias hired as executive vice president and general manager

The wait is over. To fill the top vacancy in the Orioles’ front office and to reveal his identity and title. The Orioles have hired former Astros assistant general manager Mike Elias as their executive vice president of baseball operations and general manager, with the announcement made this afternoon. He will be introduced to the media at a Monday morning press conference at Camden Yards ... read more

Bleier on changes, low expectations and missing ex-teammates

Players who remain in recovery mode from a 115-loss season that left marks on them continue to process the changes that have been made and brace for the ones that are coming. The Orioles chose Mike Elias, who turns 36 next month and hasn’t worked above the assistant level, to replace executive vice president Dan Duquette. He’s allowed to hand-pick the next manager, who won’t ... read more

Dauer on Elias’ ability to build a program “from the bottom up”

Former Orioles second baseman Rich Dauer offered a strong endorsement yesterday of Mike Elias, who’s been chosen to head the baseball operations department. Three seasons in Houston as first base coach and infield instructor gave him a nice perspective while Elias rose to assistant general manager and became a hotter commodity. Reached on the phone before attending last night’s reunion of the 1983 World Series ... read more

More on Mike Elias’ expected hiring by Orioles (updated)

The title handed to the head of the Orioles’ baseball operations department likely will be tailored to fit Mike Elias. No one associated with the Orioles has confirmed a late-night tweet from USA Today’s Bob Nightengale that the club will hire Elias and finally conclude its extensive and methodical search for a replacement for executive vice president Dan Duquette, whose contract wasn’t renewed following a ... read more

Bleier: “I should be fully ready to go for games” (plus Elias note)

On the same afternoon that the Orioles activated Richard Bleier from the 60-day disabled list, the reliever was picking up a baseball at Cressey Sports Performance in Jupiter, Fla., and making his first throw since undergoing surgery to repair a Grade 3 tear in his left latissimus dorsi muscle. Bleier posted the video about a week later on his Instagram account, announcing to all of ... read more

This, that and the other

Not long ago, I wrote how openings in the Orioles’ front office and scouting department were viewed as having tremendous appeal by a significant number of people in the industry. The delays in making hires weren’t based on a lack of interest. To follow up on it, I talked to someone over the weekend who used the term “a goldmine” to describe the situation. Not ... read more