I'm Mike Elias, new Orioles EVP & General Manager AMA
Asking five questions at once is a good technique to hog a chat, but it's ok, I'll go ahead and answer all five (briefly):
1) our small but growing digital team
2) analytics (meaning data + analysis) when done and communicated properly, can help all players
3) you can't always sign every player you want; there are other teams trying to. We will do our best to monetize the remaining international funds that we have for 2018.
4) developing pitching is the toughest thing to do; we've had a lot of success recently in Houston, and without giving away our approach on the internet, I will say that I hope I learned enough to bring some of those lessons here
5) we will sic our newly-expanded analytics group on the pie question as soon as they're up and running
I have amassed a vast and expensive Orange tie collection, and to be able to recycle those ties was a huge factor in coming over.
Hi everybody. Thank you for the warm welcome and being here for this chat -- beautiful fall day in Baltimore and I'm ready to get going!
I hope to be here for a very long time. This is a great opportunity for me. I love the city and have a lot of family in the area; it's a perfect place to build a baseball organization. My wife and I are planning to buy a house, as soon as we can, and that's the closest I'll come to answering your question!
Hey Mike, thanks so much for doing this. These small things show a commitment to forward thinking and transparency that we've wanted for a long time around here! I know you didn't mention the length of the contract, can you confirm if there is a specific length to the contract and that it is for a long enough period of time to see a real change happen from bottom up? Thanks!
The Orioles got a guy with full autonomy over baseball ops AND is going to build a sick ass analytics department?
What does that commercial say about four hours?
Press release states: Elias will oversee all baseball operations for the club and have full autonomy to build his staff and make decisions on all baseball matters that he believes will make #Orioles successful on the field, entertaining to fans, and impactful in the community
Huh, this feeling feels different, I wanna say excitement?
WE'RE WALKING WITH ELIAS
LET'S GO O'S!
Steve Pearce is the 2018 World Series MVP!
Miss you Steve ;_;
Decades from now he'll still be 2018 World Series MVP Steve Pearce. That's awesome.
And Machado was the final out. I don't know what it means, if anything.
It's lame how the 2018 playoffs turned into Everyone Hates Machado, but he certainly did his part to make it that way.
I started the playoffs rooting hard for him and ended the playoffs amused that he made the final out.
Seriously couldn't have happened to a better guy. This is the singular remotely only good thing about the Sox winning it. Fuck Boston.
Came to give respect to Buck. I always liked that guy, and I’ll miss seeing him out there.
LONG LIVE BUCK
Orioles legend but it was time to make a change
Time to make a change in the front office, maybe.
OTOH, Buck deserves better than helming a rebuilding squad.
RECORD BROKEN WORST SEASON UPVOTE PARTY!!!!
I live in Ohio and a guy wearing a Browns hat said he felt sorry for me when he saw my Orioles shirt.
End me now boyos.
Something to drink to! Like ugly cry about your ex gf in highschool that got away and is married to a doctor thinking about old pets tears in your salty beer drink to! What an absolute shit cluster fuck of a season. Never thought it would get this bad.
I'm still going to the Ostoberfest game to do this in the bullpen. It'll make the tears have much more gravitas.
One tie in 2 years has got Browns fans cocky.
3 years after the Tigers lost 119 games they were in the World Series.
He would still do $121 million dollars worth of damage
Me? Or Chris? Or Duquette? Or Angelos? Really, the possibilities are endless
as a UVA alum this hurts badly, but take your upvote and get outta here. Following the game, I believe I receieved about 12 airbud gifs via txt and countless number of txt messages. I turned off my phone for like 48 hrs.
You should cross post this to /sub/virginiatech for maximum karma
My phone interactions went from teasing to condolences to "You ok buddy?" as the blowout got worse...that was a tough one
100th loss upvote party!!!!
These are dope. Please do all of them. Saw the dbacks one earlier tonight.
That's not even a trash panda .296/10
He still has Chris Davis! Everyone loves Chris Davis!
To be fair he did have the option to leave.