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Orioles name Mejdal to head analytics department

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As expected, new Orioles Executive Vice President and General Manager Mike Elias’ first move was to add longtime aide Sig Mejdal to head the team’s analytics department.

Mejdal, who worked with Elias in Houston will have the title, assistant general manager, analytics.

He replaces Sarah Gelles, who left the Orioles to join the Astros.

According to the Orioles, “Mejdal will oversee all aspects of the club’s growing analytics effort while assisting and advising Elias in all manner of Baseball Operations decisions.”

Mejdal, a former NASA engineer, worked for the Astros from 2012-18, and established the team’s analytics department. He was with St. Louis for the previous seven seasons.

“Sig Mejdal is one of the most experienced and accomplished analysts working in baseball today,” said Elias. “To have him join our Orioles organization is a major moment for this franchise, and I look forward to him charting the course for all of our forthcoming efforts in the analytics space.”

Peterson re-signs with Orioles 

Utililtyman Jace Peterson has signed a minor league contract with the Orioles. Peterson, who played six positions in the infield and outfield and even pitched once, batted .193 with three home runs and 27 RBIs in 93 games. He stole 13 bases in 15 tries.

News of Peterson’s signing was first reported by MASNSports.com and confirmed by an industry source.

14 Comments

14 Comments

  1. ZantiGM

    November 21, 2018 at 12:01 pm

    Let the roster moves begin…and there will be many between now and ST

    • Rich Dubroff

      November 21, 2018 at 6:45 pm

      Right you are, Phil.

  2. SpinMaster

    November 21, 2018 at 1:13 pm

    Rich: This announcement was certainly not unexpected and is welcome news none the less. The trends for the Orioles keep heading in the right direction.

    • Rich Dubroff

      November 21, 2018 at 6:46 pm

      Spin, it’s certainly a fascinating offseason.

  3. Disco Stupid

    November 21, 2018 at 1:19 pm

    I’m very excited about the direction of the team. Hopefully this is a long and fruitful enterprise for the new brass and us fans.

    • Rich Dubroff

      November 21, 2018 at 6:47 pm

      Disco, everyone seems excited, and that’s a good thing.

  4. boss61

    November 21, 2018 at 2:08 pm

    Wasn’t there something several years ago about the Cardinals and the Astros, and one organization spying on or stealing data from the other? What is it with these two clubs?

    • Rich Dubroff

      November 21, 2018 at 6:48 pm

      They wanted to know your thoughts, Mark.

  5. bmorebirds

    November 21, 2018 at 6:02 pm

    We’ve got Elias and Mejdal now? Houston, you’ve got a problem. Especially when it comes to any Rule 5 gems you leave exposed.
    Gonna be fun watching our $6M in international signing money put to optimum use. Gonna be fun laughing at weeping Red Sox and Yankees fans at Camden Yards a few years from now. Didn’t think I’d ever be able to use ORIOLES and FUN in the same sentence again.

    • Rich Dubroff

      November 21, 2018 at 6:49 pm

      Both hires are getting rave reviews from the fans, bmore.

  6. Orial

    November 21, 2018 at 6:41 pm

    Yes the daily double–Elias now Mejdal. Doesn’t get any better than that. Very curious about one thing Rich–the Astros hire Sarah Gelles from the O’s and the O’s hire Mejdal from the Astros. If the O’s were so far behind in analytics why would Houston,the epitomy of solid analytics,hire her? Either way the O’s braintrust has certainly come a long way from the Syd Thrift days.

    • Rich Dubroff

      November 21, 2018 at 6:51 pm

      Orial, the Orioles were behind because their analytics department was so small. Sarah was considered very good at her job.

  7. Bhoffman1

    November 22, 2018 at 10:05 am

    We lost our best pitcher for international pool money, so far very little in return . Hope the first course of business is using every last penny to signing some Japanese free agent players who are under the radar.

  8. PA Bird Lover

    November 22, 2018 at 3:13 pm

    Signing Mejdal might be our most significant move yet. What might be this answer? Did Mejdal make Elias or Elias make Mejdal.

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