GM Elias starts house­clean­ing

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BAL­TI­MORE — Ori­oles gen­eral man­ager Mike Elias has fired 11 mem­bers of the scout­ing depart­ment and front of­fice as part of an ef­fort to turn around a team in the early stages of a ma­jor re­build.

Elias an­nounced the per­son­nel moves Fri­day. The rookie GM would not re­veal the names of those people dis­missed, nor the po­si­tions im­pacted.

“We’re in a pe­riod of change right now with the in­dus­try and we’re in a pe­riod of change right now with the Ori­oles,” Elias said. “Some­times to make changes you’ve got to make changes.”

The Ori­oles hired Elias in Novem­ber and man­ager Bran­don Hyde in De­cem­ber fol­low­ing a sea­son in which they fin­ished 47-115, their worst record since com­ing from St. Louis in 1954. This year, the Ori­oles again are in po­si­tion to end up with the worst record in the ma­jors, cur­rently lead­ing only the Tigers for that du­bi­ous dis­tinc­tion.

Elias hopes shuf­fling per­son­nel and scout­ing as­sign­ments will speed the process of bring­ing the team back to re­spectabil­ity.

“We are re­con­fig­ur­ing quite a bit. We’re go­ing to be very busy bring­ing people into this or­ga­ni­za­tion,” he said. “This is just the or­ga­ni­za­tion mov­ing along and adapt­ing to the sport to­day.”

He in­sisted that this wasn’t a cost-cut­ting move, but rather an ad­just­ment to the cur­rent state of ma­jor league scout­ing.

“There are changes go­ing on in the scout­ing busi­ness in terms of greater avail­abil­ity of in­for­ma­tion in gen­eral, video and data. It just changes the way that scouts do their job,” Elias said.

PA­TRICK SE­MAN­SKY/AP

Ori­oles GM Mike Elias fired nu­mer­ous scouts and front-of­fice per­son­nel on Fri­day.

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