Brandon Hyde

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Brandon Hyde

Brandon Michael Hyde

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Biographical Information[edit]

Brandon Hyde was signed by the Chicago White Sox in 1997. He spent several years as a player in their organization before becoming a minor league coach. His best year as a player was 1998 when as a DH-C for the Bristol Sox, he hit .372/~.487/.628 in 27 games. It was the only time he hit .300 as a pro. He made it as far as AAA, where he hit just .130/.185/.304 in 9 games for the Charlotte Knights. Over the course of his minor league career, he played in 200 games and hit .252 with 15 home runs.

After retiring as a player, Hyde started his coaching career as an assistant coach for the California State University, Long Beach Dirtbags in 2002. He returned to professional baseball the next year with the Florida Marlins organization. Hyde was the hitting coach of the Greensboro Bats in 2003 and 2004, and was manager of the newly named Greensboro Grasshoppers starting in 2005. His next three managerial jobs were with the 2007 Carolina Mudcats, the 2008 Jupiter Hammerheads, and 2009 Jacksonville Suns. In 2010, he was the minor league infield coordinator for the Marlins when manager Fredi Gonzalez and two of his coaches were fired on June 23. Hyde then found himself promoted to bench coach of the Marlins, working with new manager Edwin Rodriguez. He returned as bench coach in 2011. Hyde managed the Marlins for one game on June 19, 2011 after Rodriguez resigned unexpectedly before the contest with the Tampa Bay Rays. The Marlins had gone 1-17 over their last 18 games at that point, and lost the only game which Hyde managed, 2-1 to the Rays. The team then brought back 80-year-old Jack McKeon to finish the season at the helm.

Hyde moved to the Chicago Cubs' organization in 2012, being appointed minor league field coordinator. On August 29th the Cubs promoted him to Director of Player Development where he stayed through the 2013 season. In 2014, he was appointed bench coach for new manager Rich Renteria, then moved to first base coach after Joe Maddon became the manager in 2015. He returned to the bench coach job in 2018, replacing Dave Martinez who had been appointed manager of the Washington Nationals.

Following the 2018 season, on December 14th, he was named manager of the Baltimore Orioles by new GM Mike Elias, to replace long-time skipper Buck Showalter who had been fired following the worst season in franchise history. He was tasked with guiding the rebuilding of the Orioles starting in 2019. As expected it was a very tough season, with the Orioles' pitchers giving up home runs at a record pace, and the team quickly sinking to the bottom of the league standings after a couple of decent weeks. They were already 10 games below .500 by the end of April and never recovered. On August 7th, in the middle of yet another lopsided loss to the New York Yankees, he nearly came to blows in the dugout with underperforming slugger Chris Davis, the two having to be separated by a couple of other players. Despite this rough start to his managerial career, his 2022 squad made a surprisingly strong improvement and finished the season just short of the playoffs. Many thought the Orioles would regress in 2023, but they continued to improve and won a division title. The Orioles won 101 games and finished with the best record in the American League and second best in major league baseball behind the Atlanta Braves. While they made a quick exit on the postseason, losing all three games of the Division Series to the Texas Rangers, Hyde won the AL Manager of the Year Award for his good work.

Notable Achievements[edit]

  • AL Manager of the Year Award (2023)
  • Division Title: 1 (2023)
  • 100 Wins Seasons as Manager: 1 (2023)

Preceded by
Buck Showalter
Baltimore Orioles Manager
Succeeded by

Year-By-Year Managerial Record[edit]

Year Team League Record Finish Organization Playoffs Notes
2005 Greensboro Grasshoppers South Atlantic League 67-71 11th Florida Marlins
2006 Greensboro Grasshoppers South Atlantic League 68-69 9th Florida Marlins
2007 Carolina Mudcats Southern League 60-80 10th Florida Marlins
2008 Jupiter Hammerheads Florida State League 74-64 5th Florida Marlins
2009 Jacksonville Suns Southern League 82-58 2nd Florida Marlins League Champs
2011 Florida Marlins National League 0-1 -- Florida Marlins interim between Edwin Rodriguez (32-39) and
Jack McKeon (40-50) on June 19
2019 Baltimore Orioles American League 54-108 5th Baltimore Orioles
2020 Baltimore Orioles American League 25-35 4th Baltimore Orioles
2021 Baltimore Orioles American League 52-110 5th Baltimore Orioles
2022 Baltimore Orioles American League 83-79 4th Baltimore Orioles
2023 Baltimore Orioles American League 101-61 1st Baltimore Orioles Lost ALDS

Further Reading[edit]

  • Paul Casella: "Hyde, Schumaker named Managers of Year after stunning turnarounds",, November 14, 2023. [1]
  • Jake Rill: "With 'right ingredients,' Hyde turns O's from 100-loss to 100-win team",, October 5, 2023. [2]
  • Jake Rill: "Hyde caps 101-win season as AL Manager of the Year",, November 14, 2023. [3]
  • Joe Trezza: "Hyde on managing Orioles: 'Dream come true': Baltimore formally introduces 20th manager in club history at press conference Monday",, December 17, 2018. [4]

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