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March 30, 2010 |

The Swinging Bunt

Trembley decides O’s rotation.  Big news out of Sarasota today.  Orioles fans, your 2010 Opening Day starting rotation: Kevin Millwood, Jeremy Guthrie, Brian Matusz, Brad Bergesen, and David Hernandez.  Determining the five-man rotation is just one personnel decision Dave Trembley needs to make before coming north.  Before Tampa on April 6th, we’ll also learn who’ll occupy the 2-8 spots in the batting order and who gets the last spot or two coming out of the bullpen.  We will all inevitably find out, when Dave Trembley tells us.  Trembley is playing under a different set of rules in this his third full season skippering the big club.  Managerial baseball decisions become much, much more important this season with more talent on the roster than ever before during his tenure.  This season he and his supporters will no longer be able to skate by with the defense of, “… how can he win, look at the talent on the field.”  Dave Trembley needs to win more in 2010.  Again, a good part of the cavalry is here, and along with a couple veteran bats, the talent is a notable upgrade over last year’s dreadful rotation and the Mora/Huff middle of the order.  At times last year Trembley looked defeated in his post-game press conferences due to the wear and tear of losses piling up.  He cited an overall lack of professionalism in his clubhouse as one of the major reasons for losing, and rightfully so.  Last year Trembley had to run out ballplayers that probably didn’t deserve to be playing on the major league level – yet or ever.  That was then.  This year Trembey needs to facilitate improvement in all aspects of the team by making the right baseball decisions along the way… his job depends on it.

Scanning the Blogosphere

WNST.net: Check out Drew Forrester’s closing points on the Steelers-Harford County fiasco in, “Tongue Kissing the Steelers – The Finale.”

WNST.net: “Tigers outslug Orioles 10-9.” Says here that Dontrelle Willis pitched for the Tigers… by the looks of it, I don’t think much pitching got done by either team.

NYTimes.com: New York Times National College Basketball Writer, Pete Thamel says, “For star power, look to bench, not to court.” He’s right, and for the record, a rhetorical question… who is the best player in the FF?  This guy says, for the college game, DaSean Butler.

SI.com: Former NFL lineman and SI NFL Columnist, Ross Tucker tackles a difficult draft topic in, “Gerhart, Rolle will try to overcome stereotypes to make it in the NFL.”

AL.com: Mobile Press-Register Columnist, Paul Feinbaum takes a really interesting look at the current role of being a beat writer in, “Urban Meyer outburst shows how far beat reporters have fallen.”

ESPN.com: Jerry Crasnick looks at what faces Stephen Strasburg in the upcoming months in, “Facing Monumental Expectations.”

Deadspin.com: Deadspin Editor, Will Leitch previews the New York Mets in, “The New York Mets: The Undulating Curve of Shifting Expectations.”  I just added this story because the picture was too funny not to have in the ol’ blog.

Video of the Day

When Comcast Morning Show Producer Glenn Clark alerted me this morning that the Orioles had re-acquired Joey Gathright, I immediately thought, “Man, he’s fast… and jumps over cars!”

Tweets of the Day

MLB.com Orioles Beat Writer, Brittany Ghiroli – Britt_Ghiroli

Orioles rotation confirmed: Millwood, Guthrie, Matusz, Bergy, Hernandez. #mlb #openingday

MLB.com Orioles Beat Writer, Brittany Ghiroli – Britt_Ghiroli

#Orioles Triple-A rotation will be Arrieta, Patton, Erbe, Simon and Tillman. Not bad.

The Nasty One, Nestor Aparicio – WNST

Nestor: Call me nuts, but methinks 35K #RedSox & #Yankees fans parading through #Baltimore 20X per anum is FAR worse than #NorthHarford crap

WNST Comcast Morning Show Host, Glenn Clark – WNST

GMC: #Orioles reportedly gave Joey #Gathright a minor league deal and #SpringTraining invite. Maybe they don’t own a calendar?

SI MLB Insider, John Heyman – SI_JonHeyman

despite ultra impressive spring, #reds phenom chapman is likely to start season in minors – that’s as of today, anyway.

New York Daily News Yankees Beat Writer, Mark Feinsand – BloggingBombers

First observation about Jason Heyward: he’s enormous. Looks like a 1980s slugger in the Eric Davis/Dave Winfield mode.

Yahoo! NBA Columnist, Adrian Wojnarowski – WojYahooNBA

Kings cut Joey Dorsey largely for clownish behavior, source says. They don’t consider him bad guy, but coaches feared his act rubbing off.

SI NBA Insider, Chris Minnix – ChrisMannixSI

Would Boston native and BC alum Bruce Pearl ever come to BC? @lukewinn

FoxSports.com Senior College Basketball Writer, Jeff Goodman – goodmanonfox

Boston College should make a run at Kansas State’s Frank Martin – has ties to the Boston area and could get players.

HoopsHype.com Editor, Jorge Sierra – hoopshype

Derrick Caracter, Cole Aldrich, Manny Harris and Ricky Martin all coming out.

USA Today Sports Business Reporter, Michael McCarthy – MMcCarthyUSAT

#HBO canceling #”Joe Buck Live” after only three episodes, according to statement from HBO Sports president #Ross Greenburg.

WNST NFL Correspodent, Chris Pika – BlogAndTackle

“ESPN’s Steve Lavin confirms that Steve Lavin will become head coach at St. John’s University …”