The news came out around 540pm Friday. The Baltimore Orioles announced that they were bringing back Dave Trembley to manage in the 2010 season. I, for one, was shocked to hear that news but kind of expected they would pick up the option on his contract.
The Orioles have been under .500 for 12 seasons now, and were in the woes of a 1-13 stretch. At the All-Star break they were 40-48 and going into the first game in their final season series of 2009, they were 21-50. They were a woeful 6-20 in September. Those 6 wins were result of three 2-game win streaks. He should be to blame for the 0-13 losing streak and his failure to keep the team motivated in September was evident. The players all but threw in the towel after the Yankee series earlier in the month.
I guess the Orioles have been so bad for so long, they decided to do what they do best, settle for mediocrity. Trembley’s career managerial record is around .420 and rather far from mediocrity. He is the worst manager, record-wise in the post-Davey Johnson era. I guess McPhail’s decision was based on the fact that Bobby Valentine took a job with ESPN’s Baseball Tonight program earlier this week.
I have not been a Trembley fan at all. I think his handling of the pitching staff was atrocious and he burned out the bullpen the last 2 seasons by running those guys out there the minute any of his young pitchers got into trouble. In fact I determined the new Dave Trembley quality start requirements were 5 innings pitched, 4 runs, 9 hits and 100 pitches. That’s about what happened this season. Rarely did a starter go more than 7 innings. I think Guthrie and Bergesen each did it 3 times. I know for a fact that so far in the 160 games they have played thus far there haven’t been 10 games where a starter has gotten into the 8th inning. The team is not going to win when the starting pitching can’t get deep in the game consistently enough to give an overworked bullpen a break.
So, now that the decision has been made to bring Trembley back in 2010, they better keep him around for the ENTIRE season and not make him the scapegoat if the team gets off to a slow start or falters after the All-Star break like they’ve done the last 3 seasons.
There are many many questions that will need to be answered in 2010.
Will Adam Jones be able to repeat his All-Star performance until he was injured?
Will Tillman, Matusz, Bergesen, Hernandez round into quality pitchers?
What role will Koji play?
Who will be the closer?
Will McPhail be active in the free agent market or will he fill the needs with retread players?
Will Nolan Reimold bounce back from his injury and be the everyday left fielder?
What roles will Pie, Scott, Andino, Wigginton have?
Will Matt Wieters progress into an All-Start catcher?
Will Trembley continue to mishandle the pitching staff as he did in 2009?
Will the team actively seek a power hitting 1st baseman and 3rd baseman or keep Michael Aubrey at 1st and choose to re-sign Melvin Mora to a 2 year contract to fill the void?
Will the team fire Dave Trembley if they are 15 or more games below .500 at the All-Start break?
Do they think they will offer a serious threat to the Yankees and Red Sox and the rest of the AL East?
Will the Orioles once again be an afterthought once Ravens 2010 training camp opens?
Will there be a 13th straight sub .500 season?
How many fans will actually attend the final game on Sunday?
With it being week 4 in the NFL season, will anyone care about the Orioles until opening day in April?