Dave Trembley needs to move on.
With a 1-7 start to the 2010 season, critics would say this is “business as usual” for the Baltimore Orioles.
Not so fast.
2010 was slated to be the end of the rebuilding process for the Orioles, as frequently stated by head honcho Andy MacPhail and manager Dave Trembley. And for good reason, considering the significant core of young talent, combined with a handful of talented veterans.
Expectations were starting to return to the Charm City – and while they were not dreams of World Series titles just yet, there was a certain buzz and renewed energy by the fanbase clad in orange and black.
That is, until the actual season started.
While only 8 games (of 162) are in the books, it’s safe to say that in the minds of many – the season is already taking a familiar downward spiral.
No better hint can be displayed than the record-low 9,129 fans that ‘littered’ Camden Yards on Monday April 12th – and this is one reason why the O’s need to make a change.
Somebody has to take the fall – and that man needs to be Dave Trembley.
Now, bear in mind – I understand that the team hasn’t exactly hit the cover off the ball in the opening week of games. That, and the bullpen has been abysmal – serving up meatballs that only Emeril could present better.
I get that Mike Gonzalez has blown two games and that maybe he was a little distracted thinking about his wife, who was about to give birth (and did recently – a baby girl).
It’s also clear that the Orioles have flubbed multiple chances to blow open games with runners in scoring position.
Baltimore players have hit the ball hard – just straight to opposing defenders.
I also get that the Orioles have been right there in a number of games – losing three one-run contests and one last night in extra innings to Tampa Bay – a legit World Series contender.
I get it all – but the word that needs to be placed out there is simply this: accountability.
While Trembley himself can’t head to the mound or take a few swings in a live game – he can find a way to stop the bleeding. This franchise has seen similar occurrences under the Trembley regime. When the Orioles start to hit a losing streak, they really hit a losing streak.
We’re talking for a few weeks, here.
So don’t go and tell me that there isn’t something that they aren’t good at.
The red alarm is this: These skids have occurred in August and September, but not in April. That’s why this start raises a lot of eyebrows.
Someone needs to be accountable for this dismal April start in Baltimore.
A few more blown saves and a few double play balls – and maybe that plague of losing could start to infect some of the younger guys in the clubhouse.
Hell, maybe it already has – not that that any player would ever admit to such a thing.
A team usually can’t compete without good starting pitching. To the naked eye, it may appear that’s where the Orioles have fallen victim yet again – but that’s simply not the case. Jeremy Guthrie has been much improved, Kevin Millwood has been serviceable and Brian Matusz has displayed moments of brilliance.
What’s left to show for it?
One measly victory – and closer Mike Gonzalez almost blew that one, too.
So again, you ask… why Dave?
Perhaps I look at one clear-cut example – the 2009 Colorado Rockies.
The Rockies were a team heading into last season with a lot of hype and promise, only to hit a brick wall in the season’s opening two months. Colorado decided it was time to light a fire – removing Clint Hurdle as skipper after a dismal 18-28 start.
Jim Tracy replaced Hurdle, with the season not even reaching the month of June.
The result: Colorado went on a tear, reaching the playoffs and vaulting Tracy to National League Manager of the Year honors.
So that’s my point here, friends.
Life isn’t fair – it never is. Someone has to take the fall.
Players will feel bad… for not doing their jobs, for not getting that key hit, or key ground ball out in the latter innings.
Sometimes a team just needs a change.
And today, the city of Baltimore needs a change. It needs something that could maybe – just maybe – put this proud baseball franchise back on the map.
Something that can take Orioles baseball off ‘repeat’ – and away from what only appears to be a gag-worthy mixture of Groundhog Day and the first half of the movie Major League.
Sorry, Dave – you seem like a good guy – a player’s manager and a friend. In fact, I see quotes of that fact via players in the clubhouse. But the fact of the matter is, we all have plenty of good guys in our work lives. That doesn’t mean we’re out having beers with them every night.
It’s time to pull the plug on the Dave Trembley regime in Baltimore. Bring in some new life that can potentially boost this team towards the .500 mark.
Because plain and simple, there’s just too much talent in Baltimore. Nick Markakis, Adam Jones, Nolan Reimold, Brian Matusz, Brad Bergesen and Brian Roberts – just to name a few.
Now where’s that Emeril character – I am craving a good meatball.
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Believe me, I hear exactly what you are saying… and when you get buried, it takes some time to build out of it. A few years back, the O’s had one of the worst farm systems in baseball, and even when they did their salary purge, they weren’t even able to get any top prospects in return, or anything worth a damn. That was until MacPhail came in… and made a few moves….for example, Bedard to Seattle, where he got Adam Jones, Chris Tillman and George Sherrill – plus two other big power arms in Mickolio and Butler… Sherrill played well as closer and was dealt to LA for future power 3B prospect Josh Bell plus Steve Johnson, another SP prospect. He also dealt away Tejada for five players and has brought in a number of people – plus the rest of the staff has done a great job drafting players that have actually had some talent and impact…. for example, Matusz and Wieters…
So really, they are moving in the right direction… and have a much better core now, but still… it needs work. I do think they should be better than they are right now and that’s why I wrote this post in the first place. I still believe the same thing I was saying and can replace the record at the beginning for the ugly record they have right now…
Well, what can you do… the fans won’t flock back until the team is winning more again and it’s borderline impossible to win in the AL East with two other teams that spend a fortune in a league that’s flawed and won’t ever get a salary cap…
But right now, they will spend money for the right players… but they also have people in place that are spending time trying to rebuild the farm system and develop talent internally so that they don’t just win one year, but consistently for a lot of years. It’s a process and I do believe in what MacPhail is doing…
I have to disagree… that theory on the Orioles is outdated… a few years back, I would say yes… but Angelos brought in MacPhail and got out of the way – and he has stuck to that… he has stayed away and MacPhail has actually rebuilt the farm system and has a ton of talent in place now… it just hasn’t translated to the field at the major league level yet… and this year, they expected to drop the rebuilding tag and start winning more… and that hasn’t happened at all… and I think you have to put accountability on the manager and the coaching staff finally… sure, injuries to key players have not helped but still…. two wins is a joke this far into the season… and that’s why I wrote this piece in the first place….
The Jays will fall off… they don’t have the horses this year. Boston will get better… and actually they have Baltimore starting tonight for 3, then again for 3 the series after next…
The O’s are frustrating man… I see what people say to some degree that isn’t entire the coaching staff’s fault but the one word I come back to is… accountability. And I look at the Rockies and what they managed to do after a managerial change.
I’m behind on some of your posts… was on vacation. Stopping by today and this weekend… hope all is well.
Yea Kev, they’ve been playing pretty good ball, but I’ll feel better when J.P.Howell gets back. He’s their best relief pitcher and has been sorely missed. We’ll need everybody healthy to compete with the Sox and Yankees.Or the Jays for that matter.
I hear you and usually, I would say someone doesn’t deserve to be canned after a start like this, but… you did touch on my point. The team needs a wake-up call. How else are they going to get it? They didn’t get any wake-up calls the past few years under him – so why would it change now?
Seeing what happened in Colorado last year, this seems like the most logical option to me.
And I agree, in a sense – it IS later than they think… because when you’re in the AL East, with the likes of the Rays, Yanks and Sox – falling this far behind is a big problem. Heck, the Jays are off to a hot start, too.
You’re a big Rays fan, right? You have to be pleased with how they have played thus far, with a few comeback wins and so on…
Later – KP
The Orioles are a good team who are underachieving. I don’t think the guy deserves to lose his job, but I agree that this team needs a wake up call, because it’s later than they think.
Preach on!! Yeah, as we have discussed… reading about the pain of the franchise maybe made this feel more like 3000 words instead of the 8 or 900…
I agree though MacPhail does play that patience card often… doesn’t show his hand, so who knows what will happen in the upcoming weeks or months… I know your prediction, but I think it’ll be a while longer than that.
CHRIS aka REV–
These days? It’s been tough for the last decade, my friend. I still do believe that the Orioles are very much on the right track, and there are brighter days coming soon… but “a change will do ya good…” as the song says…
Ha ha, you and your fantasy crush on Millwood… hey he’s been solid so far. Not amazing, but not bad…
At least they have Kevin Millwood.
Must be tough being an Orioles fan these days.