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Is Dave Trembley getting fired today?

May 24, 2010, 8:18 AM EDT

Today is the first time anyone has had a day off in a week and a half — and 22 teams have the day off — so you can imagine a bunch of them are going to take stock.  One of them is the Orioles, and after yesterday’s performance, one has to wonder if they’re going to do what is coming sooner or later anyway: fire Dave Trembley.

And when I say yesterday’s performance, I’m not talking about the on-the-field performance. I’m talking postgame. Trembley, usually a pretty even-keeled guy, was testy yesterday afternoon, walking out of his postgame press conference after being asked why Corey Patterson failed to tag up on a long fly. That one has a pretty easy answer — he’s Corey Patterson and he’s not very good at baseball — but normally a manager will stay away from that sort of thing. Trembley didn’t. He disgustingly told the reporter to go ask Patterson and then left the session.  The Baltimore Sun’s Kevin Cowherd said Trembley “was as beaten as I’ve ever seen him.”

If Trembley is truly defeated he is no longer providing the one thing he’s supposed to be providing: a calm and peaceful environment in which the young players can develop.  Maybe that all disappeared as soon as this team — which everyone was rather optimistic about over the winter — stumbled out of the gate. But if Trembley is grouching around the clubhouse, it’s over.

Cowherd says he hears whispers that Trembley could be terminated as early as
today.  He also notes that a day off without travel like today is the kind of day when owners and general managers get together to talk about such matters, so stay tuned.

  1. Ron - May 24, 2010 at 8:48 AM

    Good point about not maintaining himself, but what can he really do?
    He can’t call out Patterson in public (see: Ramirez, Hanley) without being accussed of not being able to handle the sitution, or not showing ‘respect’ for the players.
    If he says something in private to Patterson, the press will hound about what happened, and slam him for not talking about it.
    What ever a manager does now days, he’s going to be wrong. They have to spend too much time trying to placate the press to keep them from writing bad things about them, and even more time stroking the ego of guys getting paid millions of dollars to play a game who aren’t as fundamentally sound as a decent American Legion team.
    Trembley was going to be the bad guy no matter what he did.

  2. Grant - May 24, 2010 at 9:33 AM

    If Terry Crowley survives yet another change of managers I will be apoplectic. I expect he’ll keep his job, somehow, but I won’t understand it.

  3. Moses Green - May 24, 2010 at 9:58 AM

    He’s only managing in the best division in organized baseball on earth, with no players. Why would he be grumpy? Managers also have guaranteed contracts, so soon he can get paid to not manage the worst team in the best division anymore. And that is a great job. Good luck with whatever’s next, skipper.
    Any manager who gets stuck with Corey Patterson has the right to be hostile towards both C.P. and management. C.P. is just not a baseball player. That was one of the “least attentive” baseball plays you will ever see.

  4. Brent - May 24, 2010 at 10:48 AM

    And I like Dave Tremblay…he had said weeks ago that he was done covering for his players and that they needed to play smarter baseball, all he needed to say in an even keel tone… “Just like you, I would have expected Corey Patterson to tag up.” Then talk to him or bench him for a few games and make him watch video of how the game is supposed to be played and give him spot quizzes to check his attainment of the knowledge.

  5. Tom - May 24, 2010 at 11:40 AM

    Forget Patterson – he’s only keeping the seat warm until Reimold figures it out. I’d ask him what the heck is wrong with Wieters and Markakis – who have a total of 28 RBI and 6 homeruns between them. I think Edwin Encarnacion did that over the weekend.

  6. Moses Green - May 24, 2010 at 12:16 PM

    Wieters just turned 24 and is learning how to catch at the major league level. Don’t worry about him for another couple years at least, it’s not like he’s a DH and only has to worry about raking.
    Markakis is playing good baseball and Ty Wigginton has been Superman.
    As far as Reimold “figuring it out” – he’s got a .406 OPS in AAA so far. For a little perspective on this particular non-prospect, he’s the same age as Markakis.
    Here’s the point as far as Tremblay goes – he’s a good baseball man in a terrible baseball situation. If you have a young team that’s struggling, why bring in a Corey Patterson? What’s your upside? What’s the frickin point? Wouldn’t you be better off with a veteran OF who at least plays the game correctly? Someone with a winning background? Your young players who are being forced to develop at the major league level need role models, not 3-time washouts who can’t figure out how to tag up.

  7. Jeff V. - May 24, 2010 at 4:26 PM

    He’s safe…for now
    http://masnsports.com/school_of_roch/2010/05/a-few-updates-1.html
    Color me suprised.

  8. stormlewis - May 24, 2010 at 5:49 PM

    WHY JUST SINGLE OUT PATTERSON, DIDNT ADAM JONES DO SOMETHING LIKE THAT TOO? WHAT ABOUT AKITS NOT RUNNING OUT AN INFIELD HIT? WHAT ABOUT THE PITCHERS GETTING THE BALL UP IN THE ZONE, DAY AFTER DAY AND EVERYONE HITTING IT OUT OF THE PARK.
    YOU CAN PICK ON THE WHOLE TEAM, SO WHY SINGLE OUT COREY PATTERSON FOR ONE DUMB NON-MOVE? THE GUY HAS PUT SOME LIFE BACK INTO THIS CLUB. HE CAN RUN, STEAL BASES AND SCORE FROM 1ST…WHO ELSE CAN DO THAT?
    TOO MANY PLAYERS WERE HURT AT THE START OF THE SEASON AND NOT SAYING ANYTHING….THEY ALL SHOULD GET REAMED BIG TIME…WE NEED TO GIVE UP ON A FEW PLAYERS AND YOU KNOW WHO THEY ARE…NO SENSE PUTTING GASOLINE ON THE FIRE……
    WHY ARE WE WAITING TO MAKE ANY MOVES? NOTHING IS GOING TO CHANGE OVERNIGHT…….FRUSTRATED TO NO END AND ITS NOT ALL DT’S FAULT..

  9. The Rabbit - May 24, 2010 at 6:06 PM

    Other than the paycheck, it must suck to be Trembley. Whenever a team finds itself in the City of Dis, every brain fart becomes magnified.
    The Orioles do have some young talented players and they are hitting. It might surprise you to know that for the last 30 days, the O’s are 7th in the major leagues in batting average and 11th in HR’s. Slugging percentage is in the middle of the pack. The OBP needs to improve, but that’s almost to be expected with a young team.
    Pitching is a much bigger issue. If you look at Kevin Millwood’s stats, he’s actually been decent but his record might lead you to believe otherwise. The pen has been awful and starting pitching has been inconsistent.
    Until the O’s improve the quality of its pitching, it won’t matter who manages them.

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