Underage ballplayer gets beer shower

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Jurickson Profar hit a walkoff homer last night. Jurickson Profar got a beer shower from his teammates afterward. Jurickson Profar is not yet old enough to drink. But it’s all good!

“Well, he didn’t drink any,” [Joe] Nathan said. “He just wore it. Clothes aren’t under age.”

Thank heavens. Because I for one would be shocked — shocked! — to hear of a 20 year-old consuming beer. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to go look at photos from my college days in which all of us freshman and sophomores were filling Solo cups with punch and apple cider and such.

It’s official: Brandon Hyde named new Orioles manager

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It was not a secret that the Orioles wanted Cubs coach Brandon Hyde as their new manager. Reports swirled three days ago that he was going to get the job, though the Orioles denied it, calling them “premature.” Now, however, it’s official: the Orioles just announced that Hyde will be their new manager.

Hyde, 45, spent four seasons as a player in the minors with the White Sox from 1997-2000, then played in the independent Western League in 2001 before ending his playing career. He was a coach with the Marlins from 2010-12 and has been with the Cubs since 2013, most recently as their bench coach.

Hyde takes over for Buck Showalter, who led the Orioles from 2010-18. Last season Baltimore finished 47-115, posting its worst record in team history. To say that Hyde’s order is a tall one is an understatement.