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It's official: Trembley gets the axe

Jun 4, 2010, 9:18 AM EDT

Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun reports what we all knew was coming: Dave Trembley has been fired and Juan Samuel is the new interim manager of the Baltimore Orioles.

Given that Brian Roberts is still not back, Casey Kotchman would represent an upgrade at first base, almost everyone who was supposed to hit the ball hasn’t, and the guys in the bullpen couldn’t get their mothers out on the outest day of their lives
even if they had an electrified out machine, I don’t think this firing will herald a new era in the history of the Baltimore Orioles organization.

But as the old saying goes, you can’t fire the players. The natives are restless. Something had to be done. This is about the only thing you can do.

  1. APBA Guy - Jun 4, 2010 at 9:46 AM

    Every year it’s the same story: a new GM or manager, “we’re finally on the right track”, ending with a 4th or 5th place finish with a bad losing record. And through it all, what has remained constant? Peter Angelos. And yet Baltimore, despite the empty stands, is profitable because of his hold-up of the Nationals. It’s good to be a friend to King Bud. Nothing else matters.

  2. Chad Oz - Jun 4, 2010 at 9:51 AM

    You can never go wrong — well, maybe sometimes — with a reference to The Simpsons.

  3. Pico - Jun 4, 2010 at 10:09 AM

    The wrong guy was fired , It should have been Angelos . He has ruined a once proud and respected team. The real problem here is baseball is stuck with him .

  4. Nasty Boy - Jun 4, 2010 at 10:16 AM

    “Trembly gets the ax” What difference will it make ? the real problem with the O’s is the ownership . If anyone feels Juan Samuel will make a difference I have a bridge for sale in Brooklyn.

  5. Tom Shumaker - Jun 4, 2010 at 10:35 AM

    The least you could do is spell the poor slob’s name right in the headline!! The O’s will probably treat Samuel to a continuation of their losing streak by getting swept at home by the Red Sox. Wonder what the ratings are on MASN these days.

  6. Grant - Jun 4, 2010 at 10:51 AM

    You know, Angelos did ruin the franchise, I don’t dispute that. But he also hasn’t done anything over the last three years to suggest he’s still the one ruining it. He hired a well-respected baseball executive in Andy MacPhail and given him a true opportunity to turn the club around. We don’t get any more stories of him meddling in baseball ops decisions any more. Now, MacPhail might turn out to be the wrong choice, but in that case Angelos is now no worse than any other owner who makes the wrong GM higher. This ain’t 2001 and Andy MacPhail ain’t Syd Thrift.

    Maybe you would like to argue that the team won’t be good until Angelos sells. I don’t know that you’re wrong. But I don’t see how he is actively destroying the franchise, from a baseball ops standpoint, any longer. MacPhail has mmoney to work with. He signs who he wants to. He had the budget to make an offer to Teixeira. He got Wieters.

    Ultimately, I just don’t think this knee-jerk “Angelos Sucks!” rhetoric is completely valid any longer.

  7. Watts - Jun 4, 2010 at 11:28 AM

    Maybe its time for Rip to return…..

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