John Lindsey, 33-year-old rookie, done for season

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It’s not difficult to understand why we as baseball fans root for the past-his-prime rookie.  He is an underdog.  He is like us in some ways.  He is finally getting a shot in “The Show.”  All that Hollywood stuff.

33-year-old John Lindsey, an infielder for the Dodgers, provided a Hollywood moment on September 9 of this season.  After 16 years in the minor leagues, 1,571 games played on the farm and countless bus rides, Lindsey finally got his shot in a major league pinch-hitting appearance and … flew out.

To me, it’s always better that way.  Feels more real.

Lindsey got a standing ovation that night by the alert Dodger Stadium crowd and eventually got his first hit.  He racked up 12 major league at-bats over the past two weeks.  But now he’s done for the season, according to MLB.com’s Ken Gurnick, due to a fracture in his left hand that he suffered when he was hit by a pitch during Saturday’s game against the Diamondbacks. 

That’s baseball.  Ain’t it great?

Report: Orioles to name Brandon Hyde new manager

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Update (8:23 PM ET): MASN’s Roch Kubatko talked to new GM Mike Elias, who said there has been no offer made to Hyde for the position. Elias called the report “premature.”

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The Orioles are expected to name Cubs bench coach Brandon Hyde as the new manager, Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports. Nothing is official yet.

Hyde, 45, spent four seasons in the minors with the White Sox from 1997-2000, then played in the independent Western League in 2001 before calling it quits. He was a coach with the Marlins from 2010-12 and has been with the Cubs since 2013.

Other candidates for the Orioles’ open managerial position have included Pedro Grifol, Chip Hale, Mike Redmond, Mike Bell, and Manny Acta.

Hyde is taking over for Buck Showalter, who was at the helm of the Orioles from 2010-18. Last season, however, the Orioles finished 47-115, the worst record in team history. Hyde will be taking over a team that is rebuilding, so the expectations will be relatively low in his first couple of seasons.