Rick Dempsey Deserves A Chance

May 25, 2010 | Marty Mossa

Before you read my profile and say I don’t know what I’m talking about, hear (or read) me out.  I haven’t been to a Major League Baseball game in over 17 years.  But I did follow the birds from early childhood till 1992.  I was an Orioles usher for six seasons.  So I may know a little about what I’m about to lobby.

I know very little about the Orioles today other than what I hear on WNST.  But I do know this: with the Birds at 15-31, it is time for a managerial change. God bless him, but it’s time to put Dave Trembley out of his misery and let him go.

The perfect man for the job is former Oriole catcher and coach Rick Dempsey.  Now let me preface this by saying that Dempsey will not make a winner out of this group of struggling birds.  But I do think he can put a spark back in this team not seen since Earl Weaver. 

Dempsey’s resume warrants a chance.  He was with the Orioles from 1976 to 1986 and then again in 1992.  He served as minor league manager with the Albuquerque Dukes in 1994 and 1995.  He also managed the Norfolk Tides in 1997 and 1998.  He served as 1st base coach for the Orioles in 2005, and bullpen coach in 2006.

Now Rick Dempsey wasn’t the most talented man to call the plays for the Baltimore Orioles.  But if heart and true grit was the barometer for the Hall of Fame, he’d get in on the first ballot.  The man always hustled.  He ran out ground balls, bowled over opposing catchers when trying to score, and destroyed base runners who tried to score.  He was probably made of 45% talent, and 55% heart.

With Rick Dempsey in the wheel house no player would dare to slough off.  Can you image a player not hustling out a ground ball or a fly ball?  He just wouldn’t tolerate such laziness.  Besides with Dempsey’s popularity with fans in the 30-70 age range, it perhaps could turn those green seats into actual people.

Now an ex-Oriole did tell me that Dempsey wasn’t the smartest person around.  That he used to forget t which pitch was going to be thrown.  But even if he isn’t the sharpest tool in the shed, SO WHAT!  What harm could it bring if he was hired?  It would be fun for Oriole Fans to see the fire and passion for the game that hasn’t been seen since Earl Weaver finally retired in 1986.