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Now what?

Posted By Ron Burr On Aug 11 2009 @ 7:05 pm In Baltimore Orioles | No Comments

Time to begin looking into what moves the club makes in the off season.  Starting at the top…

There has been some discussion lately amongst my friends and I about Dave Trembley's job security.  He is not signed after this year, and he has not yet been extended.  Andy MacPhail has said that he wants to make a thorough evaluation of the team, the strengths and weaknesses, and what the next step needs to be for the club as they continue their rebuilding program.  

It all comes down to if Trembley is still the right man for the job.  And there are reasons that he might be, and a really powerful reason why he might not be.  And MacPhail has to factor all of these things into his decision, as well as one other major issue…

If not him, then who?

If Trembley is no longer the man for the job (and I am not saying that he is or he isn't), then who do you replace him with?  That makes all of this that much harder to decipher, if you ask me.

Now, on to the reasons to keep him…

First and foremost, he wants to be here.  You can't say that about everybody (does Joe Girardi ring a bell to Orioles' fans?).  He wants to lead this team to the next level, he is passionate about it and about this team.  Secondly, he worked with a lot of the kids in the high minors and the current rookies while he was a minor league manager for the Orioles, so he has a level of comfort with them, and they do with him (that could also possibly be construed as a negative, but I think it is a positive and qualify it as such).  Third, he has a familiarity with MacPhail and the way he operates from their days working together in the Chicago Cubs organization.  This allows for better communication of the team's needs and how to evaluate and maximize the players on the major league roster.  But then there is the thing that keeps popping up whenever I think about Trembley staying on after this season…

Has he lost the clubhouse?

The Melvin Mora debacle is a microcosm of the rumors flying around the blogosphere.  The rumors that the veterans are no longer backing Trembley, and want someone new in the manager's seat.  This is tough, because most veterans play the game the right way and don't air the team's dirty laundry in public.  Mora chose to come out with it, and it backfired on him in the way the public responded to him.  But that doesn't change the fact that the whispers around town are that Brian Roberts, Aubrey Huff, Mora, and Gregg Zaun (until he went to Tampa last week) were among those who were not happy with Trembley's style or practices.  Just look at the Ryan Freel fiasco (granted they got him, then traded for / signed Ty Wigginton and Felix Pie, and the fact that he is on his 3rd team this year alone says it wasn't all the Orioles at fault for his not being here any more) and see what his main complaint was (I'll give you a hint.  It was playing time / utilization by Trembley).  And since (as the old saying goes) they can't fire the whole team…

Personally, I think he is back next year, as the team is not really supposed to contend.  But he will have a short leash, and if the team is not playing around .500 by the All Star Break, he will be gone (of course, if the team has another patented Orioles September Swoon – and the way they have been playing since the All Star Break THIS year is giving every indication that they just might – he might not make it to October of THIS year)

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