New O’s, Who Dis?

Meet the fresh faces of the 2019 Orioles organization.

Jess Mayhugh | Illustrations by Danielle Dernoga - April 2019

New O’s, Who Dis?

Meet the fresh faces of the 2019 Orioles organization.

Jess Mayhugh | Illustrations by Danielle Dernoga - April 2019


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Mike Elias

General Manager

Via: Houston Astros Good to know: Elias grew up in Alexandria, Virginia, going to Orioles games as a young boy. Buzzword: Scouting Quote giving us hope: “In its history and its DNA, this organization was once considered the smartest, most forward- thinking, most progres- sive team in baseball. The fact that that was the case here before means it’s possible for that to be the case here again.”

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Brandon Hyde

Manager

Via: Chicago Cubs Good to know: Hyde was a base coach for the 2016 World Series champion Cubs. You can Google plenty of photos of him celebrating during Game 7. Buzzword: Collaboration Quote giving us hope: “Brooks Robinson’s sitting here. I’m in my new office, and there’s pictures of Earl Weaver and Cal Ripken Sr. To be around history and be involved in a city like Baltimore is a dream come true.”

orioles-portraits-mejdal.jpg#asset:96548 Sig Mejdal

Assistant General Manager

Via: Houston Astros Good to know: A former NASA engineer who studied the sleep patterns of astronauts, Mejdal also worked as the chief quantitative analyst for a fantasy baseball team. Buzzword: Analytics Quote giving us hope: “What you see as an exceptional slider, or a wonderful fastball, can be quantified. Instead of say- ing, ‘He just has good stuff,’ we’re able to describe [it] to three decimal points.”

orioles-portraits-perez.jpg#asset:96550 Koby Perez

Director of International Scouting

Via: Cleveland Indians Good to know: Perez spent more than a decade scouring the Caribbean for players. (The Orioles did not sign any of last year’s top 30 international prospects.) Buzzword: Talent Quote giving us hope: “Mike [Elias] has made me aware that he's there for us in this department to show face in the Dominican Republic and make trips down there as necessary."



orioles-portraits-vidalin.jpg#asset:96553 John Vidalin

COO

Via: Miami Heat Good to know: He’s got kindness in spades. Not only was he born and raised in Alberta, Canada, but he previously served on the boards of the Boys & Girls Club and YMCA. Buzzword: Fan-first Quote giving us hope: “The Orioles annually rank at the very top of our industry in delivering customer experi- ence and family memories to their fans. I am eager to . . . continue and expand upon that fan-first vision.”

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Catching Instructor

Via: Chicago Cubs Good to know: Cossins’ 19-year- old son, Aiden, served as a volunteer firefighter during the October 2017 Northern California wild- fires. Buzzword: Mentor Quote giving us hope: “I’ve seen a lot of video,” Cossins told reporters at FanFest. “This group of catchers, I’ve been doing it long enough to know that they're going to work. I dig what I’m seeing a lot.”

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Pitcher

Via: Bowie Baysox Good to know: Though Kline spent the last three seasons deal- ing with an elbow injury, his velocity on the mound is right back where it started. Buzzword: Changeup Quote giving us hope: “So, it took about halfway through the season last year for me to get that feeling back, and then from there, it was like, ‘OK, now it’s time to go have some fun. Let’s compete, and let’s improve.’”

orioles-portraits-stewart.jpg#asset:96552 DJ Stewart

Outfielder

Via: Bowie Baysox Good to know: Stewart was drafted out of high school by the Yankees but chose to play college baseball at Florida State University. We like him already! Buzzwords: Power Quote giving us hope: “We’re going out there to win. You never want to lose, so we’re not going to have that in our head. We want to win, every single game.”

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Cedric Mullins

Outfielder

Via: Baltimore Orioles Good to know: While Mullins is technically not new new, this is his first full season with the O’s, and we are excited to see what he’ll do consider- ing he started out with a record-breaking debut. Buzzword: Speed Quote giving us hope: “I'm very optimistic. We’re going to be a very scrappy team, a team that’s able to produce runs and put some wins on the board.”

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Sara Perlman

Broadcaster

Via: MASN Good to know: Perlman has covered base- ball, soccer, football, and even cage fighting. This year, she’ll take on a new role as a sideline reporter. Buzzword: Accessible Quote giving us hope: “You’re talking about starting from the ground up, and that started with Mike Elias from the Astros, an analytics-heavy organization. This is a full tear down and rebuild, which is how you’ve got to do it.”





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