The Orioles are planning some reshuffling in their coaching staff for the 2021 season, Roch Kubatko of MASNsports.com reports. Both pitching coach Doug Brocail and third base coach Jose Flores will be replaced over the offseason.
The change comes despite the fact that the Baltimore organization enjoyed a generally promising campaign that featured far more effective pitching than most anticipated. Brocail guided a mix-and-match staff to a middle-of-the-road performance.
There’s no indication (and no reason to believe) that second-year skipper Brandon Hyde is at risk. And Kubatko indicates that the remainder of the coaching staff will remain in place, at least for the time being.
In large part, it seems, these are part of a more general set of organizational moves. Kubatko indicates that the O’s are undertaking “broad structural changes” in light of ongoing economic turmoil and anticipated minor-league contraction.
So a cheaper pitching coach? Brocail didn’t do a half bad job this year considering the bunch of arms he had to work with. 3/5 of the starting rotation we started the year with were journeyman.
Means corrected himself from the beginning of the year as well. Though I’ve heard Hyde’s conversation with him about the way he was trying to blow guys away early on rather than “just pitch his game” was a factor. I realize it’s hard to pinpoint how much of that is a credit to Brocail but to me he seemed to do a pretty alright job with his group of arms.
How much could they possibly save with these moves? A million?
May be a money-saving move, could be the Orioles prefer promoting a coach or two from within and promoting others within the minor leagues they may have otherwise lost by contracting one or more teams / affiliations.
The answer to “why?” is this. Most likely they’re going to promote from within re the pitching coach, since they have their top pitching prospects are closer to contributing and familiarity, sometimes, brings success.
Every team is going to endure some form of blood letting this offseason. Take years to regain the revenue lost.
Brocail doesnt surprise me as he was hired bc of a recommendation by Andrew Cashner. I don’t think he did a bad job by any means, but remember Hyde and Elias were hired very late in the offseason so that first year the coaching options were fairly slim.
Surprised Flores isnt coming back. I recall him being pretty well regarded coming over from the Phils.
I wouldn’t be surprised if this isn’t because of money, but Elias’ strategy as they’ve hired a lot of young college level coaches and guys with an emphasis on analytics. probably looking to continue that trend with ppl they really like.
Exactly. Wants his own people…..
Flores was a disaster
He didn’t seem to improve the infield defense and he made up for it by having zero clue as to how to coach third base.
Chris Davis, Alex Cobb. Who signs players like this to big contracts? Its not the coaching staff.
It’s not the current GM or ownership either. So what’s your point?
Elias blew up the Orioles and is building a structured analytical team that should be able to compete in the AL East fir the long haul and this is the direction he chooses
Couldn’t agree more! This is not about money, but more about analytics. Does Chris Holt become the pitching coach? In Elias we trust!
Brocail wasn’t a holdover from the last regime.. Not that Elias can’t change his mind and want to go in a different direction but he was hired w/ Elias in charge.
Can Chris Davis. Pacheco third?
Brocail did a great job with what he had to work with. He will get a good job somewhere else as he is one of the best pitching coaches.
Tim Cossins, future manager, would be great to promote… has done wonders with other organizations
I blame Dylan Bundy for the pitching coach change…if he had not gone a had such a nice season with the Angels. Dang you Dylan!!!