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Brandon Hyde Named New Orioles Manager

(Baltimore, MD) The Baltimore Orioles today announced that Brandon Hyde has been named the 20th manager in club history. This will mark Hyde’s first Major League managerial assignment. The Orioles will introduce Hyde during a press conference on Monday, December 17, at Oriole Park.

“After conducting an intensive search, I believe that we have found the ideal leader for the next era of Orioles baseball,” said Mike Elias, Orioles Executive Vice President and General Manager. “Brandon’s deep background in player development and Major League coaching, most recently helping to shape the Cubs into a World Champion, has thoroughly prepared him for this job and distinguished him throughout our interview process. I look forward to introducing him to our fans next week and to working together with him to build the next great Orioles team.”

Hyde, 45, begins his first Major League managerial role following 16 professional seasons in the coaching ranks and four professional seasons as a player. Hyde most recently served as the Chicago Cubs bench coach in 2018, his second season in this role (also in 2014). He also spent three seasons as the Cubs first base coach from 2015-17, and previously served as Chicago’s director of player development from August 2012 through the 2013 season, after joining the Cubs in December of 2011 as their minor league field coordinator. The Cubs qualified for the postseason four times during his tenure, including winning the franchise’s first World Series title in 108 years during the 2016 season.

Prior to joining the Cubs, Hyde spent nine seasons in the Miami Marlins organization. He served as the Marlins bench coach from June of 2010 through the end of the 2011 season, and served as Miami’s interim manager on June 19, 2011 against Tampa Bay, following the resignation of manager Edwin Rodriguez. Hyde began the 2010 season as the Marlins minor league infield coordinator, his first year in that role. The previous five seasons, from 2005-09, he managed across three different levels of the Marlins minor league system. He was Double-A Jacksonville’s manager during the 2009 campaign, leading the Suns to the Southern League Championship. Following the season, he also managed the Mesa Solar Sox in the Arizona Fall League. In 2008, Hyde was the manager at Class-A Advanced Jupiter, and in 2007 he served as the manager at Double-A Carolina. He managed Class-A Greensboro from 2005-06, the team that he received his professional coaching start with in 2003, serving as Greensboro’s hitting coach for the second half of the 2003 season and all of 2004 before being promoted to manager.

The Santa Rosa, Calif. native signed with the Chicago White Sox organization in 1997 as an undrafted free agent out of Long Beach State University (CA). He spent four seasons in the White Sox minor league system, as a catcher and first baseman, reaching the Triple-A level in 2000. In 2001, he played 17 games for the Chico Heat of the Independent Western League.

Sarasota, FL is the spring training home for the Baltimore Orioles.





Baltimore Orioles Hire Astros Assistant GM Mike Elias as Exec. VP and GM

(Baltimore, MD) The Baltimore Orioles today announced that Mike Elias has been named the club’s next Executive Vice President and General Manager. Elias will oversee all baseball operations for the club and have full autonomy to build his staff and make decisions on all baseball matters.

The Orioles had one of the worst seasons in baseball history in 2018 losing 115 games and finishing 61 games behind the eventual World Series Champion Boston Red Sox. GM Dan Duquette and Manager Buck Showalter were fired in October.

Elias just completed his 12th season in Major League Baseball, most recently serving as Assistant General Manager, Player Acquisition with the Houston Astros. Throughout his seven years in Houston, he helped to shape an Astros roster that produced back-to-back 100-win seasons, a World Series Championship, two American League Championship Series appearances, and two division titles. He was also an integral part of building one of baseball’s top-ranked farm systems that routinely served to graduate talent to the Major League club.

Elias joined the Astros in 2012 as a special assistant to the General Manager and was a key contributor to Houston’s top-ranked First-Year Player Draft by Baseball America. That year, he was named the club’s Director of Amateur Scouting, a role in which he served as one of the organization’s top talent evaluators. In 2016, he was promoted to Assistant General Manager, Scouting and Player Development, overseeing multiple facets of baseball operations, including player development, minor league operations, and the draft. Additionally, he has led domestic and international scouting efforts for the club since 2017.

Prior to joining the Astros, Elias spent five seasons with the St. Louis Cardinals, the last two years as the club’s Manager of Amateur Scouting. During his time with the Cardinals, he signed and scouted many Major League players and contributed to the development of the scouting department and draft process. His professional career began as an amateur scout for the Cardinals in 2007.

Elias, 35, is a native of Alexandria, Va., where he attended Thomas Jefferson High School. A 2006 graduate of Yale University, he was a four-time letter winner as a left-handed pitcher for the Bulldogs baseball team.

The Orioles spring training home is in Sarasota, Florida.





Judy Collins Interview on Touring with Stephen Stills

Doug Miles talks with legendary folk/rock singer/composer Judy Collins about her upcoming concert at Van Wezel Hall in Sarasota, FL Nov. 16th, touring with Stephen Stills, her new single “Dreamers” and more.





Vocalist Lisanne Lyons and Sarasota Jazz Project Present ‘Swinging at the Cinema’ in Port Charlotte Nov. 19

(Sarasota, FL) The Sarasota Jazz Project Orchestra, a popular 16-piece band formed in 2010, presents “Swinging at the Cinema,” featuring acclaimed vocalist Lisanne Lyons, at the William H. Wakeman III, Cultural Center Theater, 2280 Aaron Street, Port Charlotte, on Monday, Nov. 19, at 7 p.m. The event is the second monthly concert in a series of seven.

For this concert the SJP reminds audiences of the importance of music in the movies with a selection of “Best Song of the Year” Academy Award winners and nominees. “We’ve chosen some famous and not-so-famous tunes for the concert,” said George McLain, SJP leader and saxophonist. “Besides the familiar tempos of these pieces, our audience can enjoy exciting jazz and swing versions, some of them augmented by two vocalists (Lisanne and myself) and a chance to compete in “Movie Music Trivia.” McLain expects an evening of fun and nostalgia.

Miami-based jazz vocalist and Sarasota High School graduate Lisanne Lyons is making a return engagement with the SJP. The recipient of two Down Beat awards, Lyons was a featured soloist with Air Force bands worldwide while serving active duty, including Air Force Academy Falconcaires. She has also performed nationally with Joel Grey, Woody Herman Orchestra, Maynard Ferguson Band, Arturo Sandoval, Larry Elgart, University of Miami Concert Jazz Band, Fort Worth Symphony, Harry James Orchestra, and many more. Lisanne is a recipient of 2 Down Beat awards. She currently serves as Director of Jazz Vocal Studies at Florida International University.

Songs for the concert include “Smile,” “As Time Goes By,” “What Are You Doing the Rest of Your Life?” and “I Remember You.” Lyons will sing rousing versions of “Cheek To Cheek” and “Old Devil Moon” and McLain will belt out the theme from “New York, New York.”

Reservations are recommended for the concerts, which all begin at 7:00 p.m. Admission is $17 for members of the Port Charlotte Cultural Center and $19 for nonmembers. Tickets are available by phone at 941-625-4175, online by clicking the “buy tickets” tab at www.theculturalcenter.com and at the door, 2280 Aaron Street, Port Charlotte.

Other dates in the series are December 17, 2018, and four concerts in 2019: January 21, February 18, March 25 and April 22.

Over its 8-year history the Sarasota Jazz Project Orchestra has become known as the premier big band of the Gulf Coast. Its performers, some of the area’s best jazz musicians, perform classic and contemporary big band music in a concert setting. Members hail from counties up and down the Gulf Coast, from Largo to Fort Myers. The band has appeared with numerous jazz greats, played in significant venues, and performed countless concerts, often for the Charlotte County Jazz Society and the Jazz Club of Sarasota. The band will release its third CD, The Best of Friends, this month. To learn more about the Sarasota Jazz Project, visit its website at www.SarasotaJazzProject.org.

Baltimore Orioles Team Up with Sarasota Mayor’s Feed the Hungry Program in November

(Sarasota, FL) The Baltimore Orioles are once again teaming up this fall with local nonprofits Mayors’ Feed the Hungry Program and All Faiths Food Bank to fight hunger in Sarasota.

To support the Mayors’ Feed the Hungry Program, the Orioles will collect non-perishable food items at Ed Smith Stadium beginning on Monday, November 5, and will host the charity’s Thanksgiving Sorting Day at the ballpark on Friday, November 16. Non-perishable food items may be dropped off at Ed Smith Stadium, located at 2700 12th Street, on weekdays from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The collection station is located inside Café 54 on Euclid Avenue. The stadium will be closed on Monday, November 12, in observance of Veterans Day.

The Mayors’ Feed the Hungry Program is a nonprofit organization that has collected and distributed more than 600 tons of food and more than $3.5 million in food gift cards given to the hungry in Sarasota and Manatee counties since 1987. The organization’s Thanksgiving food drive collects more than 46 tons of non-perishable food items annually. Food is distributed through charitable groups, religious institutions, and service agencies. Mayors’ Feed the Hungry also uses cash donations to distribute food gift cards. For more information, visit www.mayorsfeedthehungry.org.

Tickets are on sale now for All Faiths Food Bank’s popular Bowls of Hope benefit, which will be held at Ed Smith Stadium on Sunday, December 2, from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Each year more than 1,500 guests attend the family-friendly event where 40 of the community’s finest restaurants and caterers serve delicious soups, breads, desserts, and more. Guests select beautiful, handcrafted bowls to keep — all donated by local potters, artists, and students — while enjoying a modest meal as a reminder of the empty bowls they help to fill.

Each year during Spring Training, the Orioles host a food collection drive for All Faiths Food Bank at Ed Smith Stadium, and fans attending Gulf Coast League and Fall Instructional League games also contribute. In 2017, All Faiths Food Bank distributed more than 10.2 million pounds of food, which equates to 8.5 million meals to 66,000 people in Sarasota and DeSoto counties. For more information, visit www.allfaithsfoodbank.org.

“The Orioles have a long-standing commitment to fighting hunger, not just locally but also regionally throughout the mid-Atlantic and internationally through a variety of partnerships,” said David Rovine, Vice President, Orioles-Sarasota. “We encourage local residents to participate in the important efforts of Mayors’ Feed the Hungry and All Faiths Food Bank. Together, we can help improve the lives of families in need throughout the Sarasota area.”

The Orioles’ support for All Faiths Food Bank and Mayors’ Feed the Hungry Program is part of Sarasota 365, a host of initiatives through which the Baltimore Orioles and OriolesREACH demonstrate the ballclub’s year-round engagement with the Greater Sarasota community.





Baltimore Orioles to Host Howl-O-Ween Movie Night at Ed Smith Stadium in Sarasota

(Sarasota, FL) The Baltimore Orioles, in partnership with Sarasota County Parks, Recreation and Natural Resources and the Sarasota Film Festival, invite families from across Sarasota County to wear their favorite Halloween costumes and come to Ed Smith Stadium on Saturday, October 13 for a free evening of fun, safe activities, including a family-friendly movie.

The fourth annual Howl-O-Ween Movie Night Spectacular includes children’s games, activities and photo opportunities with the Oriole Bird beginning at 5:00 p.m., followed by a costume parade around the bases. At 7:00 p.m., guests will enjoy a free movie 9Hocus Pocus, rated PG) screened on the outfield video board. Guests may bring blankets to sit on the outfield grass for the movie.
Parking and admission are free. Guests are encouraged to bring a non-perishable food item for All Faith’s Food Bank. OneBlood will be conducting blood donations, and donors will receive a free, Halloween-themed T-shirt. For event details, visit www.orioles.com/Sarasota.

The Howl-O-Ween Spooktacular is part of Sarasota 365, a host of initiatives through which the Baltimore Orioles and OriolesREACH demonstrate the ballclub’s year-round engagement with the Greater Sarasota community.





Baltimore Orioles to Host Fall Instructional League in Sarasota

(Sarasota, FL) The Baltimore Orioles will host the team’s Fall Instructional League at Ed Smith Stadium in Sarasota with games that are free and open to the public from September 20 through October 9.

The Instructional League program focuses on specific individual development while providing additional playing time to accelerate a player’s progress through the minor league system.

Games are played on the Main Field, with parking available in the East Lot at no charge. Spectators may enter the ballpark through the Left Field Gate. The full Instructional League season schedule is listed below, and is also available online at www.orioles.com/sarasota. Dates and times are subject to change.

New this year, the Orioles will host small groups of players for camps that emphasize hitting and strength and conditioning. These additional camps will allow players to focus on improving certain areas of their game with access to Orioles coaches and athletic trainers at the team’s facility.

Orioles Fall League in Sarasota

Actor/Director Will Mackenzie on “Talk Across America”

Doug Miles talks Will Mackenzie about his career in show business, working a director of many hit comedies such as Scrubs, Everybody Loves Raymond, Reba, Family Ties and as an actor appearing on The Bob Newhart Show.





Baltimore Orioles Announce 2019 Sarasota Spring Training Schedule

(Sarasota, FL) The Baltimore Orioles today announced their 2019 Grapefruit League schedule, which opens Saturday, February 23, with a home game at Ed Smith Stadium in Sarasota, FL against the Minnesota Twins. The club’s Grapefruit League season, which features 17 home dates, will conclude with a home game on Monday, March 25, against the New York Mets.

Pitchers and catchers are scheduled to report on Wednesday, February 13, while the full-squad report date is set for Monday, February 18. The 2019 season will mark the Orioles’ 10th consecutive Spring Training season in Sarasota and the club’s ninth at renovated Ed Smith Stadium.

The Orioles will face nine different Major League opponents during the club’s 17-game home schedule. The Orioles will play the Minnesota Twins four times at Ed Smith Stadium and the Boston Red Sox, Pittsburgh Pirates, Tampa Bay Rays, Toronto Blue Jays, and New York Yankees twice each. The Orioles will also square off against the Detroit Tigers, New York Mets, and Philadelphia Phillies each once at home.

Following Sunday home games, all children between the ages of 4-14 will be able to participate in a postgame Kids Run the Bases.

The Orioles will play 16 road games during the Spring Training season, including three trips to visit the Twins; two trips to take on the Blue Jays, Phillies, Pirates, Rays, Red Sox, and Yankees; and one trip to battle the Tigers.

In the nine years since the Orioles moved Major League Spring Training to Sarasota, more than 988,000 fans have enjoyed Orioles games at Ed Smith Stadium. An independent analysis commissioned by Sarasota County Government concluded that the Orioles generate approximately $97 million in annual economic impact back to taxpayers and residents. For more information, visit www.orioles.com/Sarasota.

Actress/Singer Audrey Landers on “Talk Across America”

Doug Miles talks with actress/singer Audrey Landers about her new film “Love at Sea” airing on the Hallmark Channel and her latest projects. Audrey is best known for her role as Afton Cooper on the classic TV series “Dallas”.