ESPN announces its Sunday Night Baseball matchups for the first half

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ESPN has sent out a press release revealing its “Sunday Night Baseball” matchups through July 20. Insert your “____ coast bias!” comments below:

source:  Just eyeballing it, the biggest oversights I see are no games involving either the Washington Nationals — who should be a strong contender and who have exciting young players like Bryce Harper and Stephen Strasburg – and no Texas Rangers or Oakland A’s, who should be the top two contenders in a loaded AL West. But what do I know?

 

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.