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Orioles' manager Dave Trembley is in trouble

Apr 15, 2010, 11:00 AM EDT

How do you know that? Because people who know things — people like Ken Rosenthal — are talking about who should replace him.  Rosenthal’s choice: Phil Garner. He notes that Andy MacPhail interviewed Garner when MacPhail was president of the Cubs.

I was rather surprised that Trembley was even brought back for 2010. He’s a nice fellow and someone you might want to have around when young players first break into the bigs, you know, so as not to scare them or something, but there’s a fine line between being a friendly welcoming face and perpetuating, however inadvertently, a culture that everything’s OK, win or lose. If Trembley has motivational skills they’ve eluded everyone who watches and writes about the team. He reminds me of a more sedate Ned Yost if such a thing is possible.

Firing the manager is always an exercise in scapegoating to some degree, but the Orioles don’t want for talent at the moment. It’s too early to expect them to contend, but it’s not too early for them to be playing sharper baseball, and it’s never a good time for them to be comfortable with losing, which many Orioles fans think this team is quickly becoming.

Is Phil Garner the answer? Eh, I was never a big fan of his, and there’s a danger in overreacting by bringing in rah-rah guys like him and Larry Bowa and their ilk.  But it’s not like anyone expected Trembley to still be around when this team finally does contend. To the contrary, even if the team was doing better right now, he’ll long have accepted a roving instructor or special assistant job within the organization by then for being the dutiful organizational solider he has been, having been replaced by a guy with some experience with a winning team.

And really, something has to change in Baltimore, if for no other reason than to give the fans something to care about for a while.

  1. APBA Guy - Apr 15, 2010 at 11:14 AM

    You can never, ever, write a story about managerial (or other change) in Baltimore without mentioning, even in speculation, the Angelos factor. It is less important what McPhail thinks than it is what Angelos may be dreaming about at the moment. Like Scrooge in “A Christmas Carol”, his indigestion has more influence than anything his subordinates do or say.

  2. BC - Apr 15, 2010 at 11:42 AM

    Paging Dallas Green!!
    (love that guy)

  3. YankeesfanLen - Apr 15, 2010 at 12:04 PM

    Let’s not get carried away- we don’t want to work too hard to get tickets at Yankee Stadium South.

  4. Joe - Apr 15, 2010 at 12:19 PM

    Dave Trembley looks like Bill Shatner. That is all.

  5. Jeff V. - Apr 15, 2010 at 12:27 PM

    Curious if the O’s could snag Sandberg from the Cubs myself.

  6. MarkH - Apr 15, 2010 at 1:03 PM

    Why don’t teams just replace their fired manager with a lineup of more talented players? I’m fairly sure that tactic would succeed where others have failed.

  7. excatcher - Apr 15, 2010 at 2:23 PM

    This is all part of MacPhail’s master plan. Tank early to screw the Red Sox and Yankees by giving wins to the BJs and Rays, blame the closer injury and whatever else, and come back strong against the west and the rest of the AL East. ???. Profit. Or, high draft pick.

  8. jimbeetle - Apr 15, 2010 at 2:25 PM

    Baseball 101, at least for the past umpty-something years or so. For a young team you hire the empathetic, teaching-type manager that you describe for three or so years. When it’s time to make a move you bring in a closer (not saying Garner is the man).

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