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