What They're Saying About Dave Trembley getting fired

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Dave Trembley 2.jpgIt just became official a little over an hour ago, but its been rumbling for a couple of days now.  Here are some of the early reactions to the Orioles 86ing Dave Trembley:

  • Camden Chat: Dave Trembley wasn’t the greatest manager.  He wasn’t the worst.  He managed some good games and he dogged some bad ones. But the motherf—– had his moments, yes he f—— did . . . We’ve been as bad as many of the worst teams in baseball, but under Trembley we weren’t a sad joke like the Royals under Hillman.
  • Maury Brown: Orioles will have now had five managers in ten years
    when Samuel is announced as the interim manager today. Yes, the problem is clearly the
    manager with the O’s
    .

  • Jorge Arangure: So let’s
    see: Mazzilli first time manager, Perlozzo first time manager, Trembley first time
    manager. Hmm maybe it’s time to bring in a guy with experience?

  • Jesse Spector (responding to Arangure): Rather than a manager with experience, how about a
    roster with a chance?

  • Tyler Kepner: Random thought from an ’83 Phils nerd: Juan
    Samuel, new O’s skipper, is now the only guy who manages a team
    that beat him in the World Series.

  • Orioles Post: It’s too bad that it has come to this, but with the team’s performance,
    piss-poor record and fan discontentment, something has to be done. The
    Orioles were supposed to improve in the hardest division of all baseball
    – perhaps in sports – but instead seemingly have gone backward.
  • FanHouse: Not that it’s entirely his fault by any stretch, but Trembley doesn’t
    have much room to argue. The O’s have the worst record in baseball at
    15-39 and were outscored 34-8 on their just-completed 0-6 road trip.

  • Roar from 34: During the past two decades only Mike Hargrove has lasted
    more than
    three seasons in Baltimore. In that same time frame the Orioles have had
    eight managers. Among those eight, only Davey Johnson and Johnny Oates
    have left town with winning records.

Not sure I can disagree with any of that. All in all, this is basically a textbook managerial firing: a need to do something before all of the fans jump ship, more people to blame than the manager getting axed, but not a hell of things you can do besides axe the manager.

Good luck in your future endeavors, Dave Trembley.  Here’s hoping you can return to the life of admirable organizational soldiering that got you your job as the O’s manager in the first place.  There’s no dishonor in that. Actually, there’s probably a lot more honor in that than a lot of things you can do in baseball.

James McCann is in The Best Shape of His Life

Detroit Tigers catcher James McCann blows a bubble while warming up during a spring training baseball workout, Saturday, Feb. 27, 2016, in Lakeland, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)
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As I note every spring, “Best Shape of His Life” stories aren’t really about players being in The Best Shape of Their Lives. They’re about players and agents seeking to create positive stories.

We know this because the vast majority of Best Shape of His Life claims are about guys who were either injured the season before, guys who had subpar years the season before or players whose conditioning was a point of controversy the season before. These folks, or their agents + reporters who have little if nothing to write about in the offseason = BSOHL.

James McCann hurt his ankle last season and had a subpar year at the plate. So not only is he a perfect BSOHL candidate, he went old school with the claim and hit it right on the money, verbatim:

Spring training is less than a month away, folks!

Bo Jackson is not gonna change kids’ minds

1989:  Bo Jackson #16 of the Kansas City Royals practices his swing as he prepares to bat during a game in the 1989 season.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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Last week Bo Jackson said that, if he had it to do all over again, he would have never played professional football and that he would never let his kids play. The sport is too violent, he said. “I’d tell them, ‘Play baseball, basketball, soccer, golf, just anything but football.’”

Fair enough. Thom Loverro of the Washington Times, however, thinks that Bo could do more than simply give his opinion on the matter. He thinks Bo should become an official ambassador for Major League Baseball:

Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred, pick up the phone right now and call Bo Jackson. Tell him you have a job for him — vice president of something, whatever you would call the man in charge of converting a generation of young athletes to baseball. And pay him what he wants.

You won’t find a better symbol of the differences between the two sports than Bo Jackson. After all, he was an All-Star in both. Bo knows football. Bo knows baseball.

Bo, tell the children — baseball over football.

The Children: “Who is Bo Jackson?”

Yeah, I’m being a bit flip here, but dude: Jackson is 54 years-old. He last played baseball 23 years ago. I’d personally run through a wall for Bo Jackson, but I’m 43. I was 12 when he won the Heisman trophy. While he may loom large to middle aged sports writers, a teenager contemplating what sport to play is not going to listen to someone a decade or more older than his parents.

This isn’t terribly important in the grand scheme of things, but it’s indicative of how most columnists process the world through their own experiences and assume they apply universally. It’s probably the biggest trap most sports opinion folks fall into.