After a break for the holiday, Dubroff’s Diner is open for a full year of Orioles business.
Last season, Orioles attendance fell to a 40-year full-season low of 1,564,192.
To conclude 2018, we asked if fans were more optimistic with the hiring of Mike Elias as general manager and Brandon Hyde as manager than they were at the end of the season. Most said they were.
Fans also are eager for the Orioles to add some players. Since Elias was hired, the Orioles have added just four players to the major league roster — infielders Rio Ruiz, Rule 5 draft choices Richie Martin and Drew Jackson and right-handed reliever Austin Brice.
The Orioles haven’t announced Hyde’s coaching staff and haven’t selected a scouting director to replace Gary Rajsich or a farm director to succeed Brian Graham. They did hire Koby Perez to direct international scouting.
The team hasn’t announced pricing for 2019 season tickets, although that should happen by FanFest, which is Jan. 26.
With so many unknowns, fans can’t be blamed for feeling anxious. It will be interesting to see if the changes in management structure affect attendance.
This week’s Diner Question: Do you think you’ll attend more, fewer, or about the same number of Orioles games in 2019?