Cossins be­comes the man in charge

But only for 1 day as he leads O’s in Hyde’s ab­sence

Baltimore Sun Sunday - - ORIOLES - By Nathan Ruiz

As Tim Cossins per­formed one of the only tasks that was dif­fer­ent for him Satur­day, his first day serv­ing as a ma­jor league man­ager, he looked at the ta­ble Bran­don Hyde reg­u­larly uses for meet­ings with the me­dia at Cam­den Yards and rec­og­nized that, for the day, he was the man in charge.

“I want to change the desk,” Cossins said with a laugh.

With Hyde in Chicago to at­tend the high school grad­u­a­tion of his daugh­ter, Aria, Cossins served as the Ori­oles’ in­terim man­ager for Satur­day’s 8-2 loss to the San Fran­cisco Gi­ants. As Bal­ti­more’s ma­jor league field­ing co­or­di­na­tor and catch­ing in­struc­tor, Cossins, 49, is in his first sea­son as a ma­jor league coach af­ter more than 15 years work­ing in the mi­nors. Be­fore Satur­day, he hadn’t man­aged a game since he was at the helm of the then-Florida Mar­lins’ Gulf Coast League team in 2007.

“It was an un­be­liev­able ex­pe­ri­ence,” Cossins said. “I think any time you can have an op­por­tu­nity to do that, it’s a great op­por­tu­nity and some­thing I’ll look back on for­ever and ap­pre­ci­ate.

“Ob­vi­ously, the re­sults weigh more heav­ily than the mem­o­ries, of course, at least for me.”

Cossins has known this as­sign­ment was com­ing since spring train­ing, though he and Hyde had con­ver­sa­tions in re­cent days to iron out pitch­ing plans and other el­e­ments Cossins han­dled Satur­day. Hyde put Satur­day’s lineup to­gether be­fore he left, so be­yond tak­ing over Hyde’s me­dia du­ties, most of Cossins’ pregame re­spon­si­bil­i­ties re­mained the same. He said he ar­rived at Cam­den Yards as early as he nor­mally does.

Still, he sensed a change once the game be­gan.

“Quite hon­estly, you’re sit­ting in that seat, and it does speed up, es­pe­cially if you didn’t cut your teeth and do it the whole time, it’s gonna speed up on you,” he said. “Ab­so­lutely, it did. I don’t feel like I was be­hind the beat. I just feel like there was fast de­ci­sions, and it changes quickly, and it’s rapid puz­zle pieces com­ing at you.”

Estab­lish­ing a sense of nor­malcy for play­ers was im­por­tant to him Satur­day. He didn’t want to make too much of his ma­jor league man­age­rial de­but, at least not un­til af­ter the game.

“My goal is to not re­flect on any­thing while I’m out there,” Cossins said be­fore the game. “I don’t want to get caught in any of those mo­ments. I want to man­age this game the way that we feel we have the best chance to win, and hope­fully, things turn out the way we script ’em. I hope I don’t get caught up in this un­til the high-fives.”

Starter David Hess, who be­came the first pitcher Cossins has re­moved from a ma­jor­league game, said Cossins did a good job of mak­ing Satur­day no dif­fer­ent than if Hyde had been man­ag­ing.

“I think he did a re­ally good job step­ping in and kind of hav­ing a seam­less tran­si­tion with ev­ery­thing,” Hess said. “It was a lit­tle dif­fer­ent in that fifth inning when he came out. It kind of threw me off for a sec­ond, but no, I think he han­dled it and did a re­ally good job with ev­ery­thing.”

Cossins man­aged in the Mar­lins’ or­ga­ni­za­tion from 2003-07, then spent five sea­sons as their mi­nor league catch­ing co­or­di­na­tor be­fore re­plac­ing Hyde as the Chicago Cubs’ mi­nor league field co­or­di­na­tor and catch­ing co­or­di­na­tor in 2013. BAT­TERS AVG OBA AB

San­tander Al­berto Mancini Brox­ton Ste­wart Sev­erino Vil­lar Smith Jr. Wilk­er­son Nunez Ruiz Wynns Su­cre Rickard Davis Martin Mullins Jack­son

TO­TALS PITCH­ERS

Karns Su­cre Arm­strong Means Lu­cas

Fry

Bundy Cash­ner Kline

Ynoa Givens Ya­cabo­nis Hess

Scott Cas­tro Phillips Ramirez Bleier Straily Davis Wright Cobb Rogers Wothersp’n Al­berto Araujo

TO­TALS

.500 .750 2 .299 .314 147 .295 .345 210 .280 .333 25 .273 .333 11 .268 .351 97 .259 .316 224 .257 .302 206 .250 .294 112 .244 .293 201 .238 .317 160 .225 .279 40 .210 .269 62 .203 .304 118 .171 .257 129 .161 .220 118 .094 .181 64 .000 .250 3 .240 .301 1943

W L ERA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS

2 1 13 44 36 62 4 7 0 3 9 26 34 58 29 53 14 28 30 49 14 38 3 9 3 13 10 24 11 22 11 19 7 6 0 0 235 466 G GS SV IP H R

1

18

50

10

5

23

56

45

37

55

37

7

13

33

57

42

14

1

504

ER HR BB E SO

He’s en­joyed reg­u­larly be­ing back on dugout benches in this sea­son’s first two months, along with work­ing with Hyde.

“I think these last cou­ple months have been prob­a­bly, in my de­vel­op­ment ca­reer, the most valu­able time I’ve spent,” Cossins said. “Just to get the pro­cesses back, the game man­age­ment stuff that for so many years that even though you’re see­ing a lot of games, you’re out in the af­fil­i­ates and so forth, your hard fo­cus is on a dif­fer­ent el­e­ment of the game. So, to get those back is good be­cause I haven’t man­aged in a long time. I rode for a long time, so it’s been fun to do that [from the] start of spring train­ing to this point.”

Shared stare­downs

As Gi­ants out­fielder Mike Yas­trzem­ski rounded first base af­ter his first ma­jor league home run Fri­day, he made sure to give Ori­oles first base­man Trey Mancini a bit of a stare­down.

Both are prod­ucts of Bal­ti­more’s 2013 draft and re­main close, so when Mancini hit a two-run shot a half-inning later, he lifted his chin look­ing out to­ward Yas­trzem­ski in left field to re­cip­ro­cate his gaze.

In the sixth, Yas­trzem­ski drew a walk, giv­ing him and Mancini a chance to chat at first base.

“Mike’s not as good of a first base con­ver­sa­tion­al­ist as I thought he’d be,” Mancini said, show­ing trash talk be­tween friends doesn’t end.

Around the horn

First base­man Chris Davis, on the in­jured list with left hip in­flam­ma­tion, took bat­ting prac­tice with the Ori­oles on Satur­day. … For­mer Mary­land pitcher Mike Shawaryn, nick­named “The Uni­corn” dur­ing his time with the Terps, re­ceived his first ma­jor league call-up Thurs­day with the Bos­ton Red Sox.

JULIE JA­COB­SON/AP

Catch­ing in­struc­tor Tim Cossins, cen­ter, man­aged the Ori­oles on Satur­day as Bran­don Hyde, right, at­tended his daugh­ter’s high school grad­u­a­tion in Chicago.

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