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Orioles officially announce 2021 coaching staff

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There are two new faces on Brandon Hyde’s staff for the 2021 season, which was officially announced on Tuesday.

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Manager Brandon Hyde from the time before we were all wearing masks.
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The Orioles made their official announcement for the 2021 coaching staff on Tuesday afternoon, making formal a staff whose new names had been floating around for weeks. Joining Brandon Hyde’s staff for the coming season are pitching coach Chris Holt and third base coach Tony Mansolino. Holt’s addition had been announced by Mike Elias back in November.

Holt is not a new name for Orioles fans who’ve been following Elias’s hires since Elias became the team’s general manager. Holt was brought in as the director of pitching for the organization, a title that he will retain even as he serves as the major league pitching coach.

The 49-year-old former MLB pitcher came over from the Astros shortly after Elias. Holt will continue to have some oversight over the development of minor league pitching prospects while working with the big club as well. His name was suggested as a future pitching coach since before he came to Baltimore. Those predictions have now come to fruition. I look forward to seeing what the team’s young pitchers are able to do now that Holt is the point guy for both big league and minor league development.

Mansolino, 38, joins the Orioles from the Cleveland organization, where he was most recently the infield instructor. He had been with the Indians for 11 years in various roles after his professional career stalled at Double-A. That experience included serving as the team’s Triple-A manager in 2019, when the affiliate in Columbus won its league title. He will also serve as the infield instructor for the Orioles along with being the third base coach. His hire was reported last month but not previously announced by the team.

Holt and Mansolino replace Doug Brocail and José Flores, who were not retained by the Orioles in those respective roles following the 2020 season.

The full coaching staff and their responsibilities:

  • Manager: Brandon Hyde
  • Major league field coordinator and catching instructor: Tim Cossins
  • First base coach and outfield instructor: Anthony Sanders
  • Third base coach and infield instructor: Tony Mansolino
  • Pitching coach and director of pitching: Chris Holt
  • Assistant pitching coach: Darren Holmes
  • Hitting coach: Don Long
  • Assistant hitting coach: José Hernández
  • Major league coach: Fredi González

Holmes had served as the bullpen coach in 2020, but gets a new job title to reflect that he’s doing more than just working with the bullpen. It’s still strange to me to see a coaching staff without anyone officially named as the bench coach, one of those jobs that’s existed for as long as I’ve paid attention to baseball.

New thinking brings about new things, and the Orioles certainly needed some new thinking and new things before Elias came along. Hopefully that new thinking adds up to some winning baseball soon enough that most or all of this coaching staff is still around to see it.